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The Myth of Original Enlightenment

A person has six properties, six media of sensory contact, eighteen considerations, & four determinations. He has been stilled where the currents of construing do not flow. And when the currents of construing do not flow, he is said to … Continue reading

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Living a Short Distance From Our Body

Click here to receive or newsletter or Check out our Website When I was young, my fondness for reading the great literature of our culture was not something I enthusiastically embrace. I found it tedious and unmanly, certainly not the most macho … Continue reading

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The Power of Words

Click here to receive or newsletter or Check out our Website Dr. Masaru Emoto has experimented on water for more than a decade. He seems to have proven that water can sense, perhaps even comprehend, “see,” and “listen.” It seems, at least … Continue reading

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Afterthoughts About Mahāyāna & Hīnayāna

Because I am a Mahāyāna priest ordained in several lineages it all the propaganda regarding the Mahāyāna movement comes to my eyes or ears almost daily. It seems that many have personal definitions of what Mahāyāna is. The word has … Continue reading

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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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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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