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Five Fundamental Practices

In his Treatise on the Pure Land, Arya Vasubandhu set forth five fundamental practices for birth in the Pure Land: 1.    Honoring Amideva through bowing and making offerings; 2.    Proclaiming and praising Amideva’s Vows, and extolling His virtues; 3.    Generating … Continue reading

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The Sublime Instruction

Any sentient being who recollects the Tathagata and his manifestations, generates immeasurable roots of virtue, fosters the mind of enlightenment, completely dedicates all merits, and settles the definitive aspiration to be born in the Pure Land, when the time of … Continue reading

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In this Dharma-ending Age

Buddha Shakyamuni preached for 45 years in this world. In that time, he was asked the same questions repeatedly, and he patiently answered them according to the capacity, maturity, and disposition of the questioners.  In the conventional sense, there is … Continue reading

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The most direct and complete

The Buddhas feel compassion for the multitudes of deluded sentient beings, and put forth transformative teachings according to their various potentials. Although these teachings all derive from the same source, many different expedient methods are employed.  Among all these expedients, … Continue reading

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Meditation on the luminous Empty Forms

Vajra (Tib. dorje; thunderbolt, lightning) Meditation is a stilled and peaceful state of mind, without any obstacles to concentration, settled single-pointedly on one object. Vajra Meditation has the associated mental factor of physical and mental pliability (Tib. shin jang), which … Continue reading

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