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Self is an intervening fantasy that masks reality. What does this mean?
Perhaps one eats too much chocolate. One feels a bit sick. One learns not to eat so much of it at one go. Simple.
However, what may happen is that after eating too much chocolate and starting to feel a bit sick one feels bad about oneself. One passes a…[Read more]
The Three Jewels are the heart of Buddhism. The three are the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. They are the foundation and core of the Buddhist religion. When one becomes a Buddhist one takes refuge in the Three Jewels. So what are they and what does it mean to take refuge in them and how is it that this is a religion and so…[Read more]
There is a wonderful text that records the saying of the Desert Fathers or Abba. The Abba were hermits who lived in the desert of North Africa in the early Christian period. The stories are of a similar genre to the Buddhist stories of enlightenment encounters that one reads in the records of the transmission of the Dharma.
Here is…[Read more]
Sending much love from Scotland – tomorrow we will have a day of chanting, meditation and a Renewing our Refuge ceremony. We’ll feel connected with you, our friends in Malvern, in Canada and all points around the globe – connected by Amida’s Golden Chain xxx Namo Amida Bu
On December 8 we celebrate the anniversary of the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha. Let us reflect a little upon this.
Siddhartha Gotama was somebody who threw himself into things. In his early life he evidently was a sensitive lad given to reflection and it must have been a deep trouble to him that his birth had occasioned the…[Read more]
[This piece is work in progress. I may come back to it at a later date. I post it now for anybody who is interested. Feedback welcome :: here]
This essay tackles the tricky question of dualism. On the one hand, this is an abstruse philosophical issue. On the other hand, it has a lot of practical and attitudinal implications.…[Read more]
The notion of oneness can mean many things. Here I wish to advance one particular Buddhist significance of the term.
Eka means one. Ekagata thus means to go singly. In the Rhinoceros Discourse, the Buddha says, “The wise person, valuing freedom, goes alone.” We should, therefore, enquire what is meant by true a…[Read more]
Religion as a Vehicle
The Sanskrit word yana means vehicle. Buddhism is broadly divided into yanas. A yana may encompass a variety of denominations, orders or sects. Different yanas are characterised by some common broad orientation, so the term can sometimes be used for the attitude rather than for the grouping.
The two best known…[Read more]
Who Loves Dies Well
Buddhism is often called a way of life. However, it can also be called a way of death. Many of the Buddhists I have met in Japan would regard it this way. The “great moment” is what really matters. All the rest is preparation, reassurance and gratitude for the assurance. Thus, where Western pra…[Read more]
Buddhist psychology can be seen as a cure for addiction or obsession. Addiction is officially defined as a compulsive behaviour pattern in which one develops unpleasant symptoms if one does not get one’s fix. There are, however, any number of lesser compulsive habits of thought and action, that we might call o…[Read more]
Meditation is a natural expression of spiritual liberation. When we are swimming in grace, the heart lifts and sings. In following the Dharma one is filled with joy and gratitude that Buddha’s appear in the world. The traditional way to express this is through one or other of the formulas of Refuge, and especially n…[Read more]
Nir-vana means “no wind”
Here’s a poem…
my little raft,
is in time’s mouth.
What pray? What tell?
Your dreadful whine!
I hide my lie
Conceit to be,
to dine, to feast,
You stir the embers,
tinder springs up,
Who knows of peace
QUESTION: In Jodo Shinshu it seems that an experience of shinjin acts as a kind of ‘proof’ or ‘guarantee’ that one has called out to Amida with faith and has been received and will be reborn into the Pureland (do correct me if I’m wrong). What is the position in Amida Shu (and also what was Honen’s position) – is it necessary for us…[Read more]
Dharmavidya answers this question :: link
QUESTION: What is the best way of reading and interpreting a sutra?
SHORT ANSWER: One tries to understand the Dharma contained in it and let the images bring that Dharma to life deep within.
LONGER ANSWER: I think one of the points in the questioners mind is the question of how literally to take such…[Read more]
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