Tag Archives: negative karma

On Reciting the Holy Name Clearly or Distractedly

There is no difference between the Holy Name recited with clarity of mind or the Holy Name recited when one is wracked by illusive thoughts. Some people say that reciting the Holy Name when one’s mind is serene, without any … Continue reading

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How to Transform Illness

This illusory heap of a body, which, like others, I possess— If it falls sick, so be it! In sickness I’ll rejoice! For it will exhaust my negative karma from the past, And, after all, many forms of Dharma practice, … Continue reading

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Three Views of the Pure Land

Just as different ordinary persons can have diverse experiences in the same physical location, different Dharma practitioners will perceive the Buddha’s field of activity (buddha-kshetra) in diverse ways.  Those who are fully enlightened or near-enlightened —the Buddhas and Great Bodhisattvas … Continue reading

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Voluntary Death

Suicide postpones and intensifies negative karma, and Dharma ethics do not condone deliberately causing the death of a person at his/her request by any lethal means. Dharma practitioners may describe —but never enthusiastically recommend— voluntary fasting unto death and powa … Continue reading

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Killing in Our Name

Everyone fears punishment; everyone fears death, just as you do. Therefore do not kill or cause to kill. Everyone fears punishment; everyone loves life, as you do. Therefore do not kill or cause to kill.  Him I call superior who … Continue reading

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Medicine Buddha Invocation

I prostrate to the King of Peaceful Radiance, the Master of Healing, the Perfectly Awakened! You benefit all living beings, protect us from the miseries of inferior realms, and dispel the three poisons and their resultant ailments by the power … Continue reading

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Revisiting Patience

The Buddha Shakyamuni said that “patience is the greatest austerity.” This was a significant departure from the norm in ancient India, where people practiced severe austerities in the hope of spiritual attainment. When the Buddha says that patience is the greatest … Continue reading

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