Monthly Archives: November 2012

Without Doubt

Some teachers hold, “Because ordinary persons are not found in Sukhavati (the Pure Land), the present ordinary persons in this world will not be born there, despite their efforts.” This will harm sentient beings, for it gives rise to error … Continue reading

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Bits of Rubble Turned into Gold

Buddha Amideva, in his Bodhisattva stage, Made the universal Vow:   When beings hear my Name and think of me, I will come to take them to my land.   I shall not discriminate at all Between the poor and … Continue reading

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Reason

We rely on reason to understand reality, but reason only reveals the structure of language and the architecture of the human mind.  Our pronouncements about what is real and unreal, possible and impossible, logical and contradictory, say more about the … Continue reading

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Tibetan Buddhism and the Pure Land

There is a strong (and unfounded) belittling of Pure Land teachings and practice in the Western understanding of Tibetan Buddhism. Perhaps this is due to the dominant position of academics and nihilists in ‘western’ Buddhist circles, although there has been … Continue reading

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Affirmation of Truth

om = pure manifestation a = the unarisen source of all mi = dependent origination of all appearances de = definitive aspiration for enlightenment va = non-conceptual wisdom of suchness hrih = non-duality of ultimate reality  om amideva hrih expresses … Continue reading

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Zen & Mantrayana

You have asked me to speak a little about the differences between Zen Buddhism and Mantrayana. I encourage you and all seekers to visit, inquire, and learn directly from those Buddhist schools that may interest you. Evidently, I have a … Continue reading

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No separation

When sentient beings arouse themselves to practice and always utter the Name of the Buddha Amideva, the Buddha will hear them. When they constantly reverence the Buddha, the Buddha will see them. When they continually think of the Buddha in … Continue reading

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Deluded

The world-honored Buddha Amideva is the foremost king of physicians. If we forget him and fail to call on him, we are indeed deluded.  The utterance of Amideva’s name is the wonderful remedy. If we forget this and fail to … Continue reading

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Long life and virtue to Theodore and Justin!

We offer sincere congratulations to His Holiness, Pope Theodore II, Supreme Pontiff of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and to the Right Reverend Justin Welby, 105th Archbishop of Canterbury in the Anglican (Episcopalian) Community.  As both leaders assume the great responsibilities … Continue reading

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Leave pride behind

Accept humbly the resources offered to you for your cultivation. Listen to others and leave pride behind . You may take the fruit from the low-lying branches, but if you reach farther, you may fall.  —Sakya Pandita, A Precious Treasury … Continue reading

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