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NIEN FO

Started by David Brazier Apr 22. 0 Replies

Commentary on the Summary of Faith & Practice (part 5)TEXT (is) the practice of Nien FoCOMMENTARYNien means mindfulness. It also means an impulse of mind. The Japanese form is “nen” which becomes “nem-” in terms like nembutsu. Fo means Buddha.…Continue

COMPLETE ASSURANCE

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Apr 10. 4 Replies

TEXT: Amida will receive you and you may fear for nothing since all is completely assuredContinuing the commentary upon Summary of Faith and PracticeTo be received and accepted as one is is the greatest wonder. To live in fear of rejection, although…Continue

HAPPINESS & EMPTINESS

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Apr 9. 4 Replies

The book Anna Kerenina begins with the statement “All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” In my observation, almost the opposite seems to be true. Happy people are each uniquely engaged in life…Continue

NO ES MONOTEISMO (Traducción de "Not Monotheism")

Started by Nati Apr 2. 0 Replies

(Publicado por David Brazier el 15 de marzo de 2017 en el grupo de “Budismo”) La forma en la que a veces se presenta el Budismo Tierra Pura suena un tanto monoteísta. No es sorprendente dado que todos conocemos las formas convencionales del discurso…Continue

BODY, SPEECH & MIND

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Andrew Mar 29. 2 Replies

Commentary upon Summary of Faith and Practice (part 6)TEXT with body, speech and mindCOMMENTARY This phrase occurs a great many times in Buddhist texts. Clearly it means “in all ways”. “Body” refers to behaviour. The body exists in the material…Continue

SIMPLE MIND

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Andrew Mar 28. 3 Replies

Continuing the commentary on Summary of Faith and Practice...TEXT If you can perform the practice in this simple minded way,COMMENTARY Of course, the simple mind may seem to be not so simple to arrive at. Modern life especially militates against it.…Continue

IMPEDIMENTOS PARA LA FE (Traducción de "Impediments to Faith")

Started by Nati Mar 23. 0 Replies

Publicado por David Brazier el 13 de marzo de 2017 en el grupo "Buddhism"Continuación del comentario  de la recopilación  “Fe y Práctica”.TEXTOAsí, todos los obstáculos se convierten en impedimentos para la fe no siendo que experimentemos contrición…Continue

NOT MONOTHEISM

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Mar 21. 8 Replies

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 all and, however much we might think we have rejected or moved…Continue

SHAN TAO'S DREAM

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by Satya Robyn Mar 16. 2 Replies

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 means confession or contrition. The sange mon is, literally, the “gate of contrition”. According to the story, toward…Continue

IMPEDIMENTS TO FAITH

Started by David Brazier. Last reply by David Brazier Mar 13. 2 Replies

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…Continue

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Comment by Tamuly Annette on March 13, 2017 at 20:46

Illustration des cinq niveaux selon Tung Shan

Lors de ses enseignement à l'Oasis, durant ce mois de mars 2017, Dharmavidya a commenté les cinq niveaux de la voie, selon Tung Shan. Ces niveaux sont illustrés par des métaphores particulièrement parlantes.

1. L'orgueil précède la chute

Au début de la nuit, quand la lumière de la lune est encore à venir, il n'est pas surprenant de rencontrer sans la reconnaître l'ancienne souillure profondément cachée dans le cœur.

Interprétation:

La nuit se réfère au samsara, c'est le temps de l'obscurité. La lune représente le Dharma apparaissant dans le monde. Tant qu'on ne l'a pas rencontré, il n'est pas possible de comprendre en particulier nos fautes et notre responsabilité. On est sûr de soi, mais de façon limitée. Nous avons des preuves de notre nature cachée, mais nous ne les reconnaissons pas. A ce stade, nous croyons que la réalité doit s'incliner devant nous. Nous pensons que tout nous est du. Nous avons l'impression que nous pouvons tout avoir et tout accomplir et si ce n'est pas le cas, nous accusons les autres.

2. Se prosterner devant la vertu

La vieille femme ridée trouve un vieux miroir. Là, apparaît son visage, différent de celui qu'elle avait imaginé. Saisie, elle s'arrête et pourtant elle reconnaît son image.

Interprétation:

La vieille femme ridée représente la personne qui a de l'expérience et a perdu un peu de l'arrogance de sa jeunesse. Trouver le miroir signifie trouver le Dharma ou se voir soi-même. C'est un choc. Nous faisons face à ce que nous sommes réellement: nous avons plus d'expérience ,mais nous avons perdu notre beauté. A ce stade la personne s'incline devant la réalité.

3. Avoir atteint la perfection

Loin du centre, il est une route sans poussière,

Contente-toi d'éviter et ne considère pas ce qui est actuellement interdit

Coupe ta mauvaise langue et avance vers la victoire.

Interprétation:

Assagi par l'expérience consistante à se voir soi-même, on recherche une voie. Très vite, on découvre un principe pour s'améliorer. C'est la position de la religion conventionnelle. La part obscure est réprimée et la personne se conforme à ce qui est considéré comme correct. La question est de distinguer le bon du mauvais et d'obéir aux principes. C'est une attitude moralisatrice. Dans la mesure où l'on adhère à la rectitude, on considère qu'on est parvenu au but. Du point de vue du Mahayana, c'est la position de l'arhat.     

Comment by Stephen greenberg on January 6, 2016 at 16:23
Dear Dharmavidya, I've just read your writing on Contrition. As usual,you always know how to get right into my heart!Contrition is indeed born from honesty.Admitting our Bombu reality is so freeing.However, I'm caught in the Self-power/ Other-power quandry.If we accept our Bombu state, how do we proceed? Do we still strive while knowing we can never do it "perfectly"? To some the Bombu paradigm doesn't gel with our bootstrapping indoctrination.How have you navigated our perennial tightrope walk?
Namo Amida Bu, Steve
 
 
 

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Medicine Buddha

Posted by Satya Robyn on April 24, 2017 at 13:57 0 Comments

Colleague Buddhists - I'm getting to know Medicine Buddha as I haven't met him before and he's come into my life at just the right time.

Anything you'd be willing to share about your personal relationship with him / stories/ facts / books etc. I'd be very grateful. Deep bow.

Two Songs

Posted by Andrew Ralph Cheffings on April 12, 2017 at 21:28 4 Comments

Wrong

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Which will cause me to be responsible for something terrible.

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I even feel responsible for others' atrocities I don't even know.

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