Category Archives: Meditation

What Is Mindfulness?

What is mindfulness and what does it mean to you? Mindfulness is a shift in the way we pay attention. During that subtle shift our entire world can transform from the inside out. When it comes to mindfulness there is … Continue reading

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Clergy and Sensei Training Program — Updated

Hongaku Institute for Buddhist Studies Hongaku Jōdo Compassionate Lotus Tendai Lineage (HJCL) Clergy and Sensei Training Program Seminary Information: Basic Clergy and Sensei Training Program Shaku Mui Shin Shi Ajari and Staff Ordination and Sensei Training introduces basic concepts of Pure Land, … Continue reading

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Rational Amidism, Modes of Existence

In the past I was able to teach the Buddha’s Dharma throughout the day without ever mentioning him or using a Pali or Sanskrit word. I’ve given up on that. Once the Buddha is taken out of the equation people … Continue reading

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The Tip of a Needle

Life, personhood, pleasure and pain —    This is all that’s bound together In a single mental event —    A moment that quickly takes place. Even the spirits who endure For eighty-four thousand eons —    Even these do not live the … Continue reading

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Going Beyond the Smoke and Mirrors

Illumination or Elimination Many people who go to a formal meditation retreat want to get something. That something might be relaxation, stress relief, a sense of community, simple silence or even some kind of illumination leading to special insight. There … Continue reading

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