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OM A MI DE VA HRIH

OM Guru A Buddha MI Dharma DE Sangha VA the union of wisdom and compassion HRIH pierces through all obscurations   OM going for Refuge A generating the mind of enlightenment MI confessing all transgressions DE rejoicing in virtue VA … Continue reading

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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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Mantra ATM

The Buddha utilized various similes to illustrate his teachings. While these images were appropriate and instructive in his time and place, modern urban Westerners are often at a loss to understand them.   For example, the Buddha Shakyamuni says that the … Continue reading

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Aloneness and loneliness

Being alone can be wonderful, but not if we feel lonely. Especially during the holidays, we can feel isolated and unloved, ignored and unimportant. It can feel as if the flow of social intercourse has passed us by —or worse, … Continue reading

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Leaving No Trace

Possessing nice things, doing great deeds, speaking profound truths, thinking elevated thoughts; it’s all meaningless. The desire to be important —rich, famous, beautiful, powerful, wise, dignified— only brings great suffering.   However high or low, we need to drink when thirsty, … Continue reading

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Simple Daily Offering

A simple altar On a suitable table or shelf, we can place a representation (statue or picture) of the Buddha Amideva (Amitabha) at the center; a representation of the Sangha (statue or picture of a Great Bodhisattva or Pure Land … Continue reading

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In the Presence of the Light

Some persons understand Pure Land practice as a dispensation for inferior beings who cannot tread the more excellent and difficult Holy Path of the Sages, whether in its Theravada or Mahayana iterations.   On the contrary, the arduous Path of 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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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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Settling the Three Minds on Birth in the Pure Land

The Buddhas teach unanimously and without reservation That the nature of all sentient beings is perfection. “There is nothing to add, and nothing to subtract.” However, since beginningless time, I have allowed the taint of ignorance —the cognitive and affective … Continue reading

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