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Excerpt: I'd like to emphasize today the value of insight and different ways it emerges in Zen training. The koan tradition is a tradition of insight. I don't know about you, but that is what attracted me to the training in the first place. Handed down from the beginning there was this great way of seeing that frees us. Our lives are impermanent. Everything we hold onto is always being snatched away. You may notice that there is something you really want and you struggle...
Excerpt: Today I shall talk on the ceremony of Jukai and the Way of the Boddhisattva. Please sit comfortably.
Excerpt: We do this because we want to be in harmony with the flow of things. We want to have no effort. And we do this because we realize that we struggle all the time and we are not in harmony with the flow of things, which is the first noble truth of Buddhism, that there is suffering in the world. And usually suffering comes upon us as a sense of being out of harmony, out of sync, with our circumstances. Wishing they were different. Out of sync with our own minds. Wis...
Excerpt: These three talks were delivered in Singapore during May 1999 at various Dharma centes.
Excerpt: Basically, there are two essential qualities that we require in Buddhist practice. The first is that we be able to withdraw from society for a time, be it a few hours, a few days, a few months or a few years. The other requirement is being able to take whatever we have gained from our experience of isolation and bring it back to the world to our relationships and into our everyday life. Like breathing in and breathing out, we need both.
Excerpt: The subject we?re talking about this evening is something called Mahamudra, so I should explain first of all what this means for those of you who may not know.
Excerpt: There are many ways to help unravel the confusion of the mind. A basic quality which is extremely useful for us all to develop in this lifetime is what is traditionally called mindfulness. Normally, whenever we do something, we are thinking of many other things at the same time. I will give an example.
Excerpt: A monk called Gotama, it seems, a son of the Sakyans, who went forth into homelessness from a Sakyan clan, has come... Now a good report of Master Gotama has been spread to this effect: That Blessed One is such since he is accomplished and fully
Excerpt: Dear fellow practitioners, today we are going to conduct the Initiation Ceremony of the Triple Jewels, which are the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. I would like to clarify what taking refuge in the Triple Jewels means since there have been growing misunderstandings in modern times. In order to reap the true benefits, we must first settle these misunderstandings.
Excerpt: The ten objects of impurity are various sorts of corpses. Meditating on corpses is useful is reducing lust. This practice should only be followed under the guidance of a master. Below is a list of the asubhas and who will find them useful. Swollen Corpse: Those who lust after beauty of form. Discolored Corpse: Those who lust after beauty of the skin and complexion. Festering Corpse: Those who lust after a sweet-smelling body, using perfumes.
Excerpt: The way of practice that follows the aims of the Buddha and the true Dhamma is to be truly intent on acting rightly. Every sort of duty that is ours to do should be done intently. When doing a task of any sort, even a small one, if we lack intentness, it won't get finished in a presentable way at all, because intentness -- which is a matter of mindfulness and principles in the heart that can bring a task to completion -- is lacking in ourselves and in our work. ...
Excerpt: The Blessed One living at Kosambi a wood of sinsapa trees. He Picked up a few leaver in his hand,
Excerpt: The Lord Buddha singles out four mental qualities as important for cultivation. He describes them as noble, lofty, and sublime and strongly encourages their development. they can transform our lives and the world giving beauty, joy, and meaning.
Excerpt: Today I have been invited by the abbot to give you a teaching, so I ask you all to sit quietly and compose your minds. Due to the language barrier we must make use of a translator, so if you do not pay proper attention you may not understand.
Excerpt: Ordinary-beings are innumerable I vow to liberate them all Defilements are endless I vow to eliminate them all Buddha's teachings are unlimited I vow to learn them all The ways of enlightenment are supreme
Excerpt: The word comes from 'budhi', 'to awaken'. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhata Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35. Is Buddhism a Religion? To many, Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or 'way of life'. It is a philosophy because philosophy 'means love of wisdom' and the Buddhist path can be summed up as:
Excerpt: On previous pages Jestun Milarepa is shown Sitting at ease in front of the cave at Ghadaya near the Tidet-Napal border.
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Excerpt: The Eightfold Path is the core doctrine of Buddhism. Like a doctor, the Buddha prescribed the Eightfold Path for the cure of all suffering and impermanence (Dukkha). Shakyamuni Buddha proclaimed: What is the way which leads to the cessation of suffering? The way is the Eightfold Noble Path itself...