Monthly Archives: February 2013

Coming in March: The Śūrańgama Sūtra

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In this super-sonic speed samsaric whirlpool we find ourselves in these days, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the Tsunami-wave of it all and lose track of one’s essential centeredness in the Buddhadharma. The Śūrańgama Sūtra is … Continue reading

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Women and the Unborn

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(Haskel)  “I can tell you something about this matter of women’s Buddha Mind. I understand that women feel very distressed hearing it said that they can’t become buddhas. But it simply isn’t so! How is there any difference between men … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect

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(Haskel) To practice is hard  “Even among those in the assembly now who acknowledge what I say, there are some who merely teach the Unborn with their mouths and don’t continually abide in the Unborn, people who only know about … Continue reading

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In Sickness and in Health

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(Haskell)  Illness and the Buddha Mind  “With my only thought to find the Buddha Mind, I struggled fruitlessly, floundering desperately and dashing all over. But what happened was that I got myself ill and was laid up in bed for … Continue reading

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A Psychology of the Unborn?

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(Haskel) Like little children of three or four  The Master instructed the assembly: “As you’ve all been hearing me say, everyone has the innate Buddha Mind, so all you need to do is abide in the Unborn just as it … Continue reading

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Anger Not

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(Waddell) A monk said to Bankei: I was born with a short temper. It’s always flaring up. My master has remonstrated with me time and again, but that hasn’t done any good. I know I should do something about it, … Continue reading

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On Death

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(Waddell) People generally have the wrong idea about living and dying at will. They think it means that someone decides on one day that he will die on the next, or that he predicts the day and month in the … Continue reading

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A Blessing or a Curse

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Self-power/other-power  “My teaching isn’t concerned with either self-power or other-power: that which transcends both self-power and other-power, that’s what my teaching is about. Let me prove this to you: While everyone is turned this way to hear me saying this, … Continue reading

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Don’t take it Personally

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Self-centeredness  One day, the Master addressed the assembly: “All delusions, without exception, are created as a result of self-centeredness. When you’re free from self-centeredness, delusions won’t be produced. For example, suppose your neighbors are having a quarrel: if you’re not personally involved, … Continue reading

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Year of the Black Naga

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Traditionally, we have entered into the Year of the Black Water Snake. Looked at from an astrological perspective, the snake falls under the Element of Water; although combined with the snake’s fiery energy can yield conflict. There have been numerous … Continue reading

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