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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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Sudden liberation, gradual enlightenment

Transference of merit is an essential practice of Mahayana Buddhism: whenever we perform virtuous actions, we dedicate the merit to universal liberation. We are not, however, the first to do so —countless previous Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have dedicated their merit … Continue reading

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