I was recently approached by a new friend, asking for guidance– this person is eager to share a message with the world and they were wondering if I might be able to help. My friend, Tashi Vajra, created an app for people interested in learning about Buddhism and wrote an article about finding and fostering the Buddha within! I suggested we share the article here and on the facebook page. Tashi Vajra’s facebook profile is here: https://www.facebook.com/tashi.vajra.56. The writing follows. Check it out!

The Visuddhi-magga (the path of purification), written by Buddhaghosa, is an amazing step-by-step breakdown of the Buddhist path. I’ve been looking at it for the last few months and I’m happy to find little things that remind me of my favorite Pure Land Buddhist teachings. Here, now, I’m going to share a passage about the Elder Phussadeva and explore this character in more detail.

Namo Amitabha Buddha!

Here is a description of the meanings of various Sanskrit syllables, from a text called “The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom” (translated by Conze). Our author describes the meaning of various Sanksrit syllables in the context of this Pranjnaparamita Tradition. Some of my Buddhist friends pay close attention to the practice of Mantra Recitation. So, for their benefit (and my own), I share this section of the Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom along with some basic information about Sanksrit pronunciation..

In the Lankavatara Sutra, we learn about two kinds of ego-delusion. In the Anatta-lakkhana Sutta, we get a nice tidy teaching on notSelf. I’m going to bring together a few things from both of these writings and hopefully tie ’em together in a way that helps you see the bigger picture.