Tag Archives: True Permanence

On Buddha Nature

In all Suchness there is no differentiation. The Tathagata is pure. All beings share that essence. —Sutralankara   This essence of the Tathagata, when not free from the store of defilement, is referred to as the Tathagatagarbha. —Srimaladevi Sutra   … Continue reading

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Utilizing Adversity

I bow to the Lord of Compassion!   When food and drink are ample and my bedding dry, it is easier to practice, but less urgent. As this world is tainted with the five corruptions[1], may I swiftly develop the … Continue reading

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Cultivating the Mind of Enlightenment

I bow to the Lord of Compassion!  In contact with the objects of the senses, my karmic seeds, impressions, and formations produce paired feelings and emotions: attachment for the pleasant, aversion for the unpleasant, indifference for others— bless me to … 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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To a Christian Friend

For all persons entering the teachings of the Buddha, Buddha Dharma, Refuge is a necessary sacrament, but the outward ritual —while it can be helpful to our minds— is only a confirmation of an inner disposition to learn and practice … 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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Natural Perfection

Perfection is the fundamental quality, true nature, or essential character of all sentient beings. It is described as unconditioned, boundless, nurturing, and sustaining: true purity, true self, true happiness, and true permanence. It is indiscernible to worldly vision as a … Continue reading

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