Monthly Archives: February 2014

Śāriputra’s Persistence

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At that time it occurred to the great assembly of twelve hundred śrāvakas, arhats free from corruption, beginning with Ājnāta kauṇḍinya, and the other monks, nuns, laymen, and laywomen who had set out to become śrāvakas and pratyekabuddhas: “Why has … Continue reading

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(41) An Alien Spirit

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For those who worship the infinite creations of obstructed, alien spirits, there can only be suffering [pain, alienation, depression and despair]. Authentic Spirit is un-born, un-created, un-conceived and cannot be found in this world-realm or any other, nor can it … Continue reading

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Expedient Revelations

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“O Śāriputra! After attaining buddhahood I expounded the teaching extensively with various explanations and illustrations, and with skillful means (upāya) led sentient beings to rid themselves of their attachments. Why is this? Because all the Tathāgatas have attained perfect mastery of … Continue reading

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(40) I Am Always There

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This I can say about me: That I am always there, for you My name cannot be found by your blinded mind And yet you persist to give me so many Calling it religion If you do not discover me … Continue reading

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Mañjuśrī’s Monology

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Both Maitreya and Mañjuśrī give wonderful monologues, both in prose and gatha (poetic) form, respectively asking and responding as to the nature of the Buddha’s Illumination. Portions from Mañjuśrī’s Monologue in prose form are as follows: Thereupon Manjuśrī spoke to … Continue reading

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(39) The Cellar

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The cellar may be an exciting thing to visit, but if the door behind you slams with a bang, it is best to have a strong lamp at hand if you desire any further safe direction. The other choice is … Continue reading

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Illumination

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At that time the Bhagavat was respectfully surrounded by the fourfold assembly (i.e., monks, nuns, laymen, laywomen), paid homage, honored, and praised. He then taught the bodhisattvas the Mahayana sutra called Immeasurable Meanings (Mahānirdeśa), the instruction for the bodhisattvas and the … Continue reading

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The remedy for a self-ignorant Mind

1. Entrance into the dark wall of Pi Kuan

The roadblocks set up by your own mind are just you, lacking right knowledge of your own Mind. Specifically its uncreated substance with its myriad functions, and hence ability, that produces incalculable positions within an arised field of consciousness, when … Continue reading

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An Auspicious Gathering

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Thus have I heard. Once the Buddha was staying in the city of Rājagṛha, on the mountain called Gṛdhrakūṭa, together with a great assembly of twelve thousand monks, all of whom were arhats whose corruption was at an end, who … Continue reading

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(38) Once Upon A Time

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Once upon a time you were this tiny child With a big smile and a radiant heart Death, was unknown and never a painful thought Happiness, was unknown and never even sought. In all your glory, you and nothing else … Continue reading

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