Monthly Archives: April 2014

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Nine Things You Should Never Do

You should never… 1. Hide from the truth. Most people, at the first sign of distress, would rather deny the hard truth than face it. The truth does not cease to exist when it is ignored. When you try to … Continue reading

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On Becoming

“You are not a living being — you are a living becoming.” This is a catchy New Agey kind of a thing to say. When people hear this saying they usually smile and get all excited. They are unaware that this … Continue reading

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Only the Moment

                              You shouldn’t chase after the past                          or place expectations on the future.   … Continue reading

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The Bhumis in Mahayana

The Ten Ox Herding pictures are said to represent the ten stages, also called The Ten Bodhisattva Bhumi. They are said to be the ten stages on the Mahayana bodhisattva’s path of awakening. The Sanskrit term bhumi means “ground” or … Continue reading

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The Bhumis in the Pali Canon 

  The Ox Herding Pictures,  Japanese: jugyu, Chinese: shíniú, are well known to Zen. It exemplifies the stages of the path according to Zen. The pictures first appeared in their present form, as drawn by the Chinese Chan (Zen) master … Continue reading

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How to Herd a Better Ox

The Buddha on Herding Oxen From the Dhammapada Stories Commentary This instruction was given by the Teacher while he was in residence at Alavi with reference to a certain lay disciple. For one day, as the Teacher seated in the … Continue reading

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