My friends and I enjoy many styles of Buddhism. Having fallen from one tree, all the fruits taste exactly the same.
This assertion is a big deal to a lot of people. It goes back (at least) to one of the first American Buddhists– Henry Steel Olcott! Let’s explore!
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!
As the Dharma takes hold in the West, there will naturally be some cultural adjustment that occurs. Japanese […]
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..
The task is huge. Beginningless eternity is a long time and infinity is a big number. Without good buddies, we’ll get confused, we’ll get lost, we’ll suffer more than we need to.
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.
The mental image of the Buddha’s Lion’s Roar, to me, is suuuuper powerful. Something about it makes my spine quiver. I brought together a couple suttas for you, so that you may also enjoy the experience and understanding of the Buddha’s Lion’s Roar. Enjoy!
I’ve practiced this style of study/meditation for many years and have found that it helps me retain information, calm my body/mind, and attain insight. For my internet Sangha, I share this description of a practice with the hope that some may find benefit.
Namo Infinite Light Buddha
Wisdom gone beyond. Prajnaparamita. Holy Mother Sophia. This is a collection of sayings from various sutras and commentaries that I found in Mahamudra: The Quintessence of Mind and Meditation.