Monthly Archives: April 2014

Authentic Buddhism; a Few Scattered Afterthought

Students often ask me about authentic Buddhism. Some Zen teachers claim that their version is the most authentic. Tibetans use the term “authentic” quite liberally when discussing their brand. Pure Land teachers sometimes make the claim as well. Of course, … Continue reading

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Giving and Taking

Greed, Aversion, Delusion, Anger, Contempt, and Conceit I recently gave a Dhamma talk at a friend’s Sangha where I was asked the same question I am usually asked when I teach at Christian and secular events. It always seems that … Continue reading

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Does a Fish See Water?

Fish don’t know they’re in water. If you tried to explain it, they’d say, “Water? What’s water?” They’re so surrounded by it, that it’s impossible to see. They can’t see it until they get outside of it. This is how … Continue reading

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Different Fields to Plow

Reality is a marvelous idea. Yet, most of us don’t know how it works. Everything we think we know is wrong. Why do we tend to believe in fantasies? It is because we were conditioned to do so. This is … Continue reading

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Violence and Non-Violence

Non-violence, ahimsa, was the starting point of the Buddha’s journey. As a bodhisatta, Siddhartha Gautama, craved a way to alleviate violence, both in his life and the lives of sentient beings. In autobiographical passages he said violence dismayed him. It … Continue reading

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Toward a Harmonious Community

There is a lot of talk in the spiritual community regarding how people, especially the young, really need to express themselves.  This expression should not regard the feelings or thoughts of others. Some ministers actually teach this in their sermons. … Continue reading

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Afterthoughts About Buddha-Nature

My mind is reeling. I offered to do a workshop. The offer was granted. They gave me the topic of “Buddha Nature.”  The material on Buddha Nature is seemingly immense. It is also conflicting because there is no one definition … Continue reading

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