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Being Natural is Rather Unusual

When we read about Chinese or Japanese Buddhism we come across passages that say such things as that the master “eats when hungry, drinks when thirsty, sleeps when tired.” and the like. We might then think, “what is so different about that?” or we mi

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The Famous Dialectic of Chan

The most famous classic of Chan Buddhism (Chinese Zen) is the Platform Sutra 六祖壇經. The sutra presents the teachings of Huineng 慧能 (638-713) [However, the text went through many revisions and the ten chapter edition that is currently taken as authorit

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EARLY BUDDHISM IN A NUTSHELL

The following is my understanding of the main thrust of early Buddhism.

If we start from the “three signs”, I read them as saying that all samskaras are impermanent and troublesome whereas all Dharmas are non-self. The meaning here is that self, (i.e

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UNE FOI AU-DELA DU DESESPOIR

Le pouvoir propre, jiriki, « est le fait de croire que nous pouvons atteindre notre salut par nos seuls efforts » (peu importe la manière dont on conçoit cela). Toutes les écoles bouddhistes cherchent à détruire ce genre d’arrogance, mais elles s’acq

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AFFINITY WITH INFINITY

Commentary on the Summary of Faith and Practice, Part One

Text: For those having a karmic affinity with Amitabha Buddha

This is the first phrase of the Summary. It tells us for whom this text is written and to whom it applies. An implication is that

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A FEW WORDS ABOUT GRIEF

A correspondent recently wrote to me as follows:

"When you talk to me about grief you never say stuff like 'This is all just a figment of your deluded conditioning.  Grief isn’t real.  Well, it’s only real in relative terms anyway.  If you could just

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GENTLE SPIRIT

Each school of Buddhism has its favoured texts and its favoured practices. Thus, for instance, the Soto Zen Shu favours the Diamond and Heart Sutras, (and was once based on the Lankavatara) and emphasises the practice of zazen, while the Pureland sch

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DIECISIETE FORMAS DE CONDICIONAMIENTO

Publicado por David Brazier el 5 de septiembre de 2017 en el grupo “Budismo”

 

Esta es una lista de las diecisiete formas principales de condicionamiento que dan forma a nuestras vidas. Se incluyen los factores que tienden a mantenernos atrapados en

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SEVENTEEN FORMS OF CONDITIONING

Here is a list of seventeen major forms of conditioning that shape our lives. Included are the factors that tend to keep us trapped in samsara and also those that make an escape possible.

Root Relation This refers to the presence in or absence from t

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OFFER EVERYTHING

Mindfulness is remembrance of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. This is most easily done by saying and hearing the Buddha's name. Hence the practice of reciting the name has become widespread in the Buddhist world. Reciting the name when something happens,

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TRUE RELIGION IS SIMPLE FAITH

Continuing the commentary upon Summary of Faith and Practice

TEXT: wishing to practise a religious life in truly simple faith,

Truly Simple Faith

Truly simple faith is a precious jewel that is rarely found. We are talking here abpout a direct trust

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VIDYA IS AUTHENTICITY

Authenticity & Freedom
I have been reading some existentialism. One of the key concepts in existentialism is authenticity. This goes with another key idea, which is freedom. These ideas reached a high pitch in the work of Sartre who had lived through

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SLAVES TO APPEARANCE

Continuing the commentary on the Summary of Faith and Practice - we are working backwards toward the beginning at the moment...

TEXT: freeing themselves of sophistication and attachment to all forms of cleverness,

COMMENTARY

Sophistication

The term

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