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The Sutra on the Contemplation of the Buddha Amitayus

NOTE: The famous "Sutra on the Contemplation of Buddha Amitayus" (or simply, "Contemplation Sutra") is revered as canonical by all Pure Land Buddhists, and is one of the Three Sutras...

Samadhi Soup ~ Dharmavidya

Concentration Samadhi means concentration - like Heinz concentrated soup. One way to understand Dharma is to concentrate your soup. In your soup there are many ingredients - not just wholesome...

Finding our real home

We have no real home, i.e., a home in the sense of a lasting, deathless refuge. We have temporary shelters of various kinds from huge mansions to a small shack or tent. In this light, we can’t help but be...

A Bulimic World ~ Dharmavidya

Three Poisons In Buddhist psychology, we classify mental maladaptation into the so called three poisons of greed, hate and delusion. This is a rough and ready idea since in most...

Are We Really Meditating?

Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel examines common misconceptions about Buddhist practice that can derail even the most seasoned practitioners. The post Are We Really Meditating? appeared first on Lion's Roar.

How to Transform Anger in 4 Steps

Using the traditional metaphor of the poison tree, Judy Lief teaches us four Buddhist techniques to work with our anger The post How to Transform Anger in 4 Steps appeared first on Lion's Roar.

It is not easy

It is not easy for Buddhists to understand that Buddhism always assumes “unrealized unconditionedness” which is another way to describe avidya (ignorance). Said again, Buddhism assumes that, intrinsically, we have the seed or garbha of the unconditioned already within us...

A GPS of the Mind

The GPS in my car never gets mad at me, no matter how many times I turn to avoid the torn-up street she has recommended. She just says, “Recalculating” and directs me to turn right, and then right again, until I am back where she wanted me—on the street blocked by construction. Again I select […] The post A GPS of the Mind appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies seeks new Executive Director

The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, a nonprofit organization devoted to the integration of Buddhist study and practice, is now accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. The post Barre Center for Buddhist Studies seeks new Executive Director appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Crazyana ~ Dharmavidya

Thank You, Rimpoche The term crazy wisdom is generally associated with Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche (pronounced rim-po-shay), a remarkable teacher who was the first person to give me a real taste...

Emptiness doesn't mean what you think it means

Emptiness is used somewhat differently in the Pali Nikayas as compared with Mahayana. It is closer to when we say, “vacant lot” or an “empty house”. This doesn’t mean there is an actual lot that is like a black hole....

Five Stages of Mindfulness: Toward and beyond spacious mind ~ Dharmavidya

Presented here is Mindfulness that has five stages: 1. Mindfulness close up 2. Mindfulness with a little space 3. Mindfulness with bigger space 4. Great Spaciousness 5. Anchor 1. Mindfulness...

Unbounded Living

Oh Holy Buddha I pray I may continue to fly in the clear blue sky. Falling to the ground I pray I will land on both feet rising again on joy filled wings. Rising, falling 1000 times down 1001 times up. Near or far high or low up or gasping for life itself. Within and … Continue reading Unbounded Living ?

Trusting Trust: Faith Is Enlightenment, Enlightenment is Faith ~ Dharmavidya

Not Just a Starter Generally, in Buddhist circles, it is said that you need faith in order to enter upon the Dharma Tao but when you have progressed you don’t...

The Bodhisattva’s Engagement Ring

The Lalitavistara is one of the earliest attempts to write a biography of the Buddha although it only goes up to the First Teaching. It is in highly ornate Sanskrit and is full of fantastic details, in stark contrast to Asvaghosa’s much more sober Buddhacarita. Show More Summary

The First Noble Misunderstanding

There's a lot of misunderstanding about meditation. In fact, that's pretty much all that meditation is — the process of seeing how very much you've misunderstood about it and everything else. The post The First Noble Misunderstanding appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The World We Have

Only when we combine our concern for the planet with practice will we have to tools to make the necessary changes to address the environmental crisis. The post The World We Have appeared first on Lion's Roar.

I rock (I rock) therefore I am

It was 1981 and The Rolling Stones were touring North America in support of the Tattoo You album:  Two concerts at the LA Coliseum, October 9th and 11th.  I went to the Friday show with some friends and Sunday I went alone.  It’s always been a hassle going to a Stones concert but I was …

Such presence

“The light and textures in this image have such presence. It’s a great example of fresh seeing.” The post Such presence appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Eightfold What? ~ Dharmavidya

Buddha Tao The Fourth Truth is called Marga, the Eightfold Path, but in Chinese, it comes out as the Eightfold Tao. I like it. Tao has a different feel from...

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