Monthly Archives: March 2012

Master Honen’s Final Statement

Honen Shonin, the founder of the Pure Land school in Japan, opened wide the doors of Buddha Dharma to the entire Japanese society. While many of the established schools had taken a scholastic bent, pursuing rarefied doctrines and complex practices … Continue reading

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Aspiration Prayer of the Ultimate Definitive Meaning

Om! Let there be auspiciousness!  In all my lifetimes, may the three trainings, the three precepts, and all my tantric commitments be completely pure without blemishes!  May my bodily postures, yogic gaze, and all of the extremely fine vital winds … Continue reading

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The Fourfold Negation & the Perfection of Wisdom

The chatuskoti, or the Fourfold Negation (NOT THIS: NOT THAT: NOT BOTH: NOT NEITHER) is a principal tool in Buddhist contemplation and analytic meditation. Repeatedly enunciated by the Master Nagarjuna, it is the systematic application of analysis for the deconstruction … Continue reading

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Striving for the truth

In controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. Shakyamuni Buddha

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Samaya

Samaya (Skt. for agreement, contract) is established by accepting initiation or empowerment. It is a close bond or reciprocal commitment between the Lama, on behalf of the lineage, and the practitioner. There are various types and degrees of samaya, but … Continue reading

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The Healing Buddha

Bhaishajya-guru (Bhaishajya-guru-vaidurya-prabha-raja, ‘Supreme Healer and King of Lapis Lazuli Light’), is the Buddha of healing. Commonly referred to as the “Medicine Buddha”, he is described as a doctor who cures suffering with the medicine of his teachings.  In the Bhaiṣajyaguruvaidūryaprabharāja … Continue reading

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Difficult people

Everywhere we go, not only do we encounter ‘difficult’ people, but we also bring our preconceptions and tendencies to bear on all relationships. This is samsara. It is confusion. All of us, to some extent, are ‘difficult’. It cannot be … Continue reading

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