Amida Buddha’s reality transcends our concepts of what is ‘real.’ If we say Amida is one and the same as our inherent Buddha nature, this is true. But this is not to negate Amida’s reality. On the contrary, it rather makes him more real since it is our own sense of ‘self’ which is revealed […]
Quantum-level discoveries are revealing the warp and weft of this reality and it’s throwing our concrete assertions into the bin. It’s an old chestnut to say that science and religion are not really at odds; but fundamentally this is true. The more we discover at sub-atomic and quantum-levels, the more all things become possible. The […]
Immerse me in Your Name, That this world with all its suffering Becomes an unreal thing to me; Envelop me in Your Light That all conditioned things as shadows Flit by me; Surround me with Compassion Until I am lifted up To Bliss and my heart sings — Sings Your praises, Amitabha, Closing the space […]
The Nembutsu closes the distance and folds the time that ordinarily and conditionally appears to separate us from that point where Dharmakara made his great Vow, that past, present and future dissolve into the eternal Now. And at the focal point of this sacred everlasting Moment — Amida, wreathed in the incense of limitless life, […]
Birth, life, death, rebirth. The Samsaric cycle is ably reflected in the passing seasons. It is a cycle from which we have disconnected ourselves and to which we have become insulated by our modern world that cocoons us in shells of plastic, concrete and tarmac. Hence we no longer recognise that we are a part […]
Strictly-speaking, it would probably be incorrect to say Buddhism is atheistic; it is non-theistic, and there is a difference. Shakyamuni Buddha did not deny the existence of gods, but attached no creative or salvific significance to them. Rather, he understood that they are irrelevant to our salvation since the gods are themselves in need of […]
Dipping ten toes in ten traditions, ten fingers in each of the ten sub-schools, and keeping two eyes on two truths, and seeing past the two selves, beyond three times, and three worlds, and three bodies. This stamp is stamped on the stamp that is stamped on all thingishness.
A psychospiritual poem by Nguyên Giác.
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 […]