Tag Archives: Buddha Essence

Overwrite and Rewrite Your ‘Scripts’

In the Vibhanga sutra, Buddha Shakyamuni defines name (nama) as mental phenomena (feeling, perception, intention, contact, attention), and form (rupa) as physical phenomena (the great elements and all that is dependent on them). Nama-rupa is also used by the Buddha … Continue reading

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“Higher” Practices

There is so much superstition woven around the misunderstood practices of higher yoga tantra, so much ‘twilight language’ (symbolic expression) taken literally, that the simple message is lost and confused.  Because Buddha Essence is our nature, all we need for … 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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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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Skill and experience

Buddha Shakyamuni lived the life of a worldly prince, then went to the forest and practiced rigorous asceticism, before his enlightenment. He thus spoke authoritatively about extreme views and behaviors that do not and cannot secure happiness.  All the Buddhas … Continue reading

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Turning the Wheel of Dharma

During his 45 year teaching career, the Buddha taught different understandings of reality according to varying circumstances and the disparate dispositions, personality types, and capacities of his students. The Buddha’s discourses are divided into 3 distinct sets of teachings or … Continue reading

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