Monthly Archives: February 2019

A Compendium of the Mahayana: Asanga’s Mahayanasamgraha and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries

For those so inclined, this massive volume is well worth considering: Details: The Mahāyānasamgraha, published here with its Indian and Tibetan commentaries in three volumes, presents virtually everything anybody might want to know about the Yogācāra School of mahāyāna Buddhism. … Continue reading

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Spiritual Friendships

Truly let us praise the joy of companionship! Better or equal ones should be chosen as friends. If these are not found, living blamelessly, one should live alone, like the horn of a rhinoceros. While emphasizing the element of solitude, … Continue reading

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Time is Short

There is sporting & love in the midst of companions, & abundant fondness for offspring. Feeling disgust at the prospect of parting from those who’d be dear, wander alone like a rhinoceros. Perhaps there’s no greater emotion experienced of having … Continue reading

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Intrusions!

When amidst companions one is approached with requests in the house, and where one stands, walks or wanders. Seeking independence which is undesired by others, one should live alone, like the horn of a rhinoceros. Interruptions are the assassins of … Continue reading

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A Deer Tale

As an unbound deer in the forest seeks a feeding-place when it wills, wise, seeking independence, one should live alone, like the horn of a rhinoceros. We have a lot of wandering deer foraging for food in my area, particularly … Continue reading

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One’s Highest Aim

He who feels compassion towards friends or companions neglects his aim, his mind being bound. Considering this dread which lies in intimacy, one should live alone, like the horn of a rhinoceros. Compassion is a much used and abused term … Continue reading

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Not Smart

Affection arises in the one who has made (intimate) contact; as a consequence of affection this suffering originates. Considering the danger which comes from affection, one should live alone, like the horn of a rhinoceros. Affectionism can be a blessing … Continue reading

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The foreverness of Zen

Nothing in this life is Zen. Not your assumed birth, nor an inevitable cessation of your present biological matrix. One´s dreams, desires, ideas, and imaginations are not Zen. Faith in Zen, or the dharma, is not Zen. This world, or … Continue reading

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Why Suffer?

Abandoning punishment for all living beings, not hurting even a single one of them, one should not wish for a son, not to mention a companion! one should live alone, like the horn of a rhinoceros. After refusing to strike-out … Continue reading

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The Snow-Buddha

The picture depicted is that of the Stone Buddha sitting outside my hermitage, referenced back in August. He is 18” high, and as you can see here is just surfacing again (peeking his head out of the snow and looking … Continue reading

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