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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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