In our Upavastha Full Moon retreats we use the Vajrasattva 100-syllables dharani. This dharani - a dharani is a kind of extended mantra - is associated with purification. Vajrasattva is the bodhisattva (or yidam) of purification; and purity, and here means true love, pure love. The mantra is as follows: ♫ Om Vajrasattva samaya, manu palaya,Vajrasattva teno patita, dridho me bhava,Suto kayo me bhava, supokayo me bhava,Anurakto me bhava;Sarva siddhi me prayacha,Sarva karma sucha me,Tzitam…See More
We should express the Fundamental in everything we do.In order to be expressed the Fundamental must enter into a form of some kind. The form in and of itself is not important; but it is important in as much as it conveys the Fundamental. For instance, one person bows to another. This is a form. Bowing is a form, a form of behaviour; something that appears in this concrete practical world.If it is a true bow, then the one who bows and the one who is bowed to are both empty. What does this mean?…See More
I’d like to say something about gan 願. Gan is a Japanese word which is usually translated as “vow”. So, we have the bodhisattva vow. It could also be translated a “prayer” or “aspiration”. So, the ultimate gan is “Gan ga sa butsu: I vow to become a Buddha.” This line appears in Tanbutsu Ge.Now, in Pureland we have the sense that you’re only probably going to become a Buddha through the influence of another Buddha. You need to be in the presence of a Buddha to become a Buddha. It’s a bit like a…See More
I became a Dharma student during my eary twenties, (insight meditation/ metta meditaton) and also have a keen interest in art and psychology. Currently I am especially interested in ways of cultivating and teaching courage. I am also exploring the biographies and perspectives, that outstanding artists have on life. For more than 20 years I have taught insight meditation retreats (German/ English) and also serve as counselor in private practice and on Skype/ Zoom.
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