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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...

Celebrating the ‘Day of Miracles’

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India, 12 March 2017 - The sky was a pristine blue as the peaks of the Dhauladhar range glinted in the rising sun this morning as people gathered in the yard of the Tsuglagkhang adjacent to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s residence. After several days of rain and snow on the mountains it was bitterly cold.

Saying Nembutsu, Practicing Metta ~ Ananda

Reverend Ananda, of Amida Hawai'i, writes this on the Friends of Amida Shu Virtual Temple site: Metta is the Pali term for love. In Buddhism, love is not the sentimental...

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visits Norbulingka Institute

A chill wind blew off the snow covered hills and cold rain fell from a heavy sky over the Kangra Valley this morning. Inside the Main Temple of Norbulingka Institute however, all was ablaze with light and colour, while smiles played on the faces of guests and staff in anticipation of the arrival of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

A history of misconceptions

I am inclined to believe that the history of Buddhism is more than often a history of misconceptions, one piled upon the other forming an impressive edifice but one, nevertheless, unsound. One important misconception that keeps popping up is that...

A generation going in the wrong direction

Buddhism is trying to say that in each of us has a 'true nature' but it is obscured by a dense mantle of concepts and worldly mental activity which leads us astray such that we never actually know what this...

Can our children grow up to become Buddhists?

Can you rear your children to become Buddhists when they grow up? My immediate answer is probably not. And why? Because the dominant culture (Leitkultur) seems always to have a powerful influence on the minds of our children. And if...

The Womb Realm

Esoteric Buddhism (Vajrayana) imagines two realms or worlds (dhatu), the Diamond Realm (Vajradhatu) and the Womb Realm (Garbhadhatu), mystical spaces that represent certain principles, different bodies of the Buddha, and various celestial...Show More Summary

Going from belief to knowing

I know there is a difference between “belief” and “knowing.” When I cut myself, I know I am bleeding. I know it hurts. When my car tire is flat I know it. I don’t have to believe in its flatness....

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