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The great fig tree

Several months ago while I was on my walk I passed a fig tree loaded with ripening figs. Suddenly, I thought of this samsaric body of mine as being like a little purple fig hanging on the branch. Then imagining...

Amida Shu, Jodo Shinshu ~ Dharmavidya

Question: I was wondering if there were any major diferences in approaches or practices between Amida shu and Jodo shinshu? Dharmavidya: In terms of faith in Amida and the nembutsu,...

Real Happiness Challenge - Week 3: The Journey Is the Destination

My journey with mindfulness meditation has been long, winding, and sporadic. read more

Overcoming samsara

Sa?s?ra is certainly an important and interesting Buddhist term. Generally, it refers to the worldly or secular life. As it relates to the afterlife of worldly beings it is metempsychosis, an endless succession of births and deaths from which there...

No creator god but not anti-religious

It is true that the Buddha did not teach a doctrine of a creator god (issara-nimmana-vada) who is responsible for the origin of the universe. Nor did the Buddha teach that pleasure and pain is due to a creator god....

Watching Paint Dry – Watching Beached Seals

Wait a moment! That light house is for sale. Nope, that was back in 2013. Sorry. I’d imagine living in a light house is as close as one can get to living on a boat – at sea. Ah. On Wednesday a brisk walk out to South Walney Island where there is a Nature Reserve … Continue reading Watching Paint Dry – Watching Beached Seals ?

2 – When Faith Seems Thin

Read and be inspired. Here is a remarkable and brave, not to mention cool-headed, woman. Mary Dohey an Air Canada flight attendant who in 1971, in the face of overwhelming danger appeased the hijacker (talked to him) and as a consequence saved the lives of passengers and crew. She was the first living person to … Continue reading 2 – When Faith Seems Thin ?

The worthy adept

The worthy adept should regard the words of Zen masters, including even the words of the Buddha and patriarchs to be pointing to what is beyond the ken of human ideation and perception. If the adept seeks anything from their...

Getting to the highest practice

Putting on our clothes or robes early in the morning, drinking coffee or tea afterwards, then sitting in zazen is really not the highest Zen practice. It’s a start. Zen master Chinul once said: Ordinary men are deluded: when donning...

Biocentrism and the Continuum of Consciousness

There’s a guy named Robert Lanza, who is Chief Scientific Officer at Ocata Therapeutics (formerly Advanced Cell Technology), and Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, who is supposed to be one of the most respected scientists in the world. Lanza has a theory called biocentrism.  It is not about ethics but rather …

The Great Grief ~ Dharmavidya

Continuing the commentary upon Summary of Faith & Practice, part 32 TEXT: This knowledge of our condition is part of the essential basis when it gives rise to contrition COMMENTARY...

The struggle with ideology

All generations from the ‘Traditionalists’ (born 1945 and before), Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964), Generation X (born 1965 to 1976), Millennials (born 1977 to 1995 which are Nielsen Media Research figures), and, presently, Gen Z (born 1996 and later)...

Ground-breaking Ceremony for the South Asia Hub of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and a Public Talk

Hyderabad, Telangana, India, 12 February 2017 - A swift drive across Hyderabad this morning brought His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the site on Hitex Road, Madhapur, where the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics is to build its South Asia H...

Real Happiness Challenge - Week 2: Eating Hard or Hardly Eating?

As a society, it's fair to say that we have a fraught relationship with food. We eat our feelings. We starve our feelings. We binge. We purge. We use food as a tribal signifier. We throw away the leftovers and leave the cake out in the rain. We are picky eaters. We count calories and eat so quickly we neglect to breathe. read more

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Talks to Trainee Officers of the National Police Academy

Hyderabad, Telangana, India, 11 February 2017 - This morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama took a relatively short and uneventful flight from Vijayawada to Hyderabad where he was received by representatives of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy.

1 – When Faith seems Thin

Read and be uplifted. Yes there are individuals in this world who show cool and bravery in the face of overwhelming circumstances. In a rare display of coolheadedness and courage, René Jalbert, Sergeant-at-Arms at the Quebec National...Show More Summary

Participating in Inauguration of National Women’s Parliament

Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh, 10 February 2017 - Today the morning was warm and bright as His Holiness drove to the venue of the first National Women’s Parliament, a huge marquee at Ibrahimpatnam on the way to Amaravati. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu was delighted to receive him and escort him inside.

A Talk about Ancient Indian Thought at the Vivekananda International Foundation

New Delhi, India, 8 February 2017 - In a far corner of New Delhi’s diplomatic enclave, Chanakyapuri, are the elegant quarters of the Vivekananda International Foundation, an Indian public policy think-tank affiliated to the Vivekananda Kendra and staffed largely by retired bureaucrats, intelligence officials and retired military personnel.

Don’t end up being like those young fish

The late novelist and professor David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement address at Kenyon College begins this way: There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at...

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