Monthly Archives: April 2017

Negligence

With wholeness of heart rectify your own faults. Do not revile others or their transgressions. With wholeness of heart display the activity of transforming others. Do not be negligent in practice. —Ippen Shonin, Precepts for the Practitioner

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Discern & Contemplate

With wholeness of heart discern the sources of impurity. Do not generate a mind that cherishes attachments. With wholeness of heart contemplate the reality of impermanence. Do not awaken thoughts of greed and desire. —Ippen Shonin, Precepts for the Practitioner

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A Gentle Countenance

With wholeness of heart disclose a gentle countenance. Do not manifest anger and intolerance. With wholeness of heart dwell firmly in humility’s insights. Do not arouse a spirit of arrogance. —Ippen Shonin, Precepts for the Practitioner

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Sameness

With wholeness of heart awaken the realization of sameness. Do not engage in discriminative thinking.   With wholeness of heart give rise to compassion. Do not be indifferent to the sorrows of others. —Ippen Shonin, Precepts for the Practitioner

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With Heart

With wholeness of heart remember the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Do not overlook the power of the interaction between the Buddha’s compassion and your aspiration.   With wholeness of heart entrust yourself to the Dharma you revere. do … Continue reading

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Dependent Arising

ye dharmā hetuprabhavā hetuṃ teṣāṃ tathāgato hy avadat teṣāṃ ca yo nirodha evaṃvādī mahāśramaṇaḥ The Tathāgata has taught the cause of all phenomena that arise from causes, and that which is their cessation. Thus has proclaimed the Great Renunciant. —Buddha … Continue reading

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Not by doctrine

The great diversity among the various Buddhist doctrines is a concern that emerges from attachment to self. In the Name [om amideva hrih, namu amida butsu, namo amitabhaya buddhaya] there is no doctrinal rationale. If birth in the Pure Land … Continue reading

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These Two

These two mental states are conducive to correct knowledge. Which two? Peace and clarity. By developing peace, what purpose is served? The mind is purified. By purifying the mind, what purpose is served? Craving is abandoned. By developing clarity, what … Continue reading

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All Comes By Itself

Happiness is not to be found with many efforts or will, but is here, nearby, in your relaxing and surrendering. Don’t worry, there is nothing to be done.   Everything that comes up to your mind has no importance because … Continue reading

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PEACE

Having abandoned the taking of life, refraining from the taking of life, one dwells without violence, with the knife laid down, scrupulous, full of mercy, trembling with compassion for all sentient beings. —Buddha Shakyamuni  

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