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Christianity can be the younger brother of Buddhism

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The difference between Christianity and Zen Buddhism for me when I was in my twenties was that the basis of Christianity seemed to rest mainly upon the impossible belief that the dead body of Jesus after he was laid in...

World Happiness Report

The annual World Happiness Report is out.  This year Norway ranks as the happiest place on earth.  That’s strange because I always thought it was supposed to be Disneyland. At any rate, each year the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a United Nations initiative, measures world happiness country by country based on such factors as “income, …

From theory to practice

Concerning the view of practice with regard to meditation it is at first theoretical which can involve a great amount of careful study to get the adept to a point where he or she understands what the goal of meditation...

The ultimate arbiter of metaphysical theories

One may think of metaphysics to be about the structure and meaning of reality as a whole. Metaphysics can explore reality using logic (also mathematics), reason, and empirical observation. But the ultimate arbiter of metaphysical theories is Zen or dhyana...

Overcoming our delusions

There is no liberation without a setting free of that which was imprisoned. In Buddhism, realizing our Buddha-nature is accomplished by removing that which is empty and illusory which makes our Buddha-nature seem absent or hidden but worse, makes what...

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visits Madhya Pradesh to Talk on the Environment and Happiness

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, 19 March 2017 (PTI) - India should focus on development of villages to ensure prosperity, the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama said on Sunday. “India’s prosperity depends on the development of villages instead of developing big cities.

Visit to Nava Nalanda Mahavihara and 2nd Day of International Buddhist Conference

This morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama drove to the nearby Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, which was established as a university in 1951. Before addressing more than100 students and faculty in the University’s conference hall, His Holiness planted a Bodhi Tree Sapling and unveiled a commemorative plaque on a new administrative building.

Inauguration of the International Conference on Relevance of Buddhism in 21st Century

Rajgir, Bihar, India, 17 March 2017 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama departed Dharamsala yesterday morning as rain clouds gathered overhead. On arriving at Gaya Airport, he was received by representatives of the Bihar State Government. After a brisk lunch, he drove to Rajgir, where he stopped his car at the foot of the hills leading to Vulture’s Peak.

Passing Years? Deeper Living?

I think I’ve reached that point which children do when they are PLEASED to see the number of their birth years rise. So I’m slightly wanting my years of living be a larger number and it doesn’t make sense. No, it isn’t my day today and I’m not telling when that was/is, for security reasons. … Continue reading Passing Years? Deeper Living? ?

Shan Tao's Dream ~ Dharmavidya

Summary of Faith and Practice commentary, continued: TEXT: Saving grace, as was made clear by Shan Tao's dream and advice to Tao Cho, only comes through the sange-mon. COMMENTARY: Sange...

My brief Buddhist understanding of the world according to Hoffman

The world we see out there is real as an experience for each of us but it doesn’t exist apart from our experience in the way that we imagine it does. Brains have not evolved to see true reality. In...

Not Monotheism ~ Dharmavidya

The way that Pureland Buddhism is sometimes presented, it starts to sound like monotheism. This is not surprising given that the conventional speech forms of monotheism are known to us...

Behind the facade of a borderless society

When I see Buddhists fall into the subject of “open borders” or a “Buddhism beyond borders” and other subjects like “globalizing the modern world,” a red flag goes up. Just recently Soto Zennist Brad Warner did a blog on “Securing.....

Alan Watts’ Psychotherapy East and West

As I mentioned in a recent post, a new edition of Alan Watts’ Psychotherapy East and West has been published by New World Library and I received a free copy for review. According to the publisher’s description on the back, “When psychotherapy merely helps us adjust to social norms, Watts argued, it falls short of …

Thousand Armed Avalokiteshvara Empowerment in Dharamsala

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India, 14 March 2017 - The weather was milder today as His Holiness the Dalai Lama walked from his residence to the Tsuglagkhang, greeting well-wishers as he went. Having taken his seat on the throne he immediately began the preparatory procedures for the Avalokiteshvara empowerment he was going to give.

Suicide ~ Dharmavidya

QUESTION: This may seem a bizarre question but one I would like a Buddhist view on. Is suicide a sin,in Christianity to commit suicide is a total sin considered evil...

You’ve already gone around many, many times

The earthly human journey is ultimately an empty one that accomplishes nothing because it has, inadvertently, grounded itself in the limits of the conditioned world and the limits of the temporal biological body. It has not seen beyond these limits....

Teaching ‘Stages of Meditation’ and ‘37 Practices of a Bodhisattva’

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India, 13 March 2017 - The Tsuglagkhang, the Main Tibetan Temple, and its surrounding verandas, as well as the courtyard below, were filled with people this morning waiting for His Holiness the Dalai Lama to arrive. When he did, he stood before the throne, hand raised in greeting, looking carefully to see who was there.

Impediments to Faith ~ Dharmavidya

Continuing the Commentary upon Summary of Faith and Practice TEXT Thus all obstacles become impediments to faith unless we experience contrition and letting go. Path with a Goal When we...

An immaterial body?

If I interface with something such as th...

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