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Dust to Dust

Next, having first gazed upon the dust visible in a beam of light [1.12] coming through a window, when walking, standing, sitting, lying down, and even while eating, you must constantly imagine this dust within the beam of light. [1.13] [To meditate thusly] is the greatest form of repentance. [Translator’s note: Sinful actions take place in dependence on the body. If one contemplates that one’s body is nothing but dust, then sin has nothing upon which it can depend. [To meditate thusly] is the greatest form of repentance.] read more

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The Prodigal Sons

The thing that strikes me most about the parable in Chapter 4, the “‘Buddhist’ Prodigal Son”, is that it is told to the Buddha (instead of vice-versa) by four of his most loyal disciples, Subhuti, Maha Katyayana, MahaMaudgalyayana and particularly by Mahākāśyapa. Two of them are well-known, Subhuti, who often plays a prominent role in sutras, in particular the Diamond Sutra, and of course, Mahākāśyapa, who was the first one to receive “Dharma-Mind transmission” from Gautama Buddha. Like devoted adepts on a long spiritual-journey, they were late in coming to realize their own share in “Buddha-nature”, yet their devotion to principles within the Buddhadharma led many to become enlightened. Hence, this parable is truly about them and other “devoted ones”, who at first without the added benefit of the Marvelous Bodhi-Pearl of Noble Wisdom, eventually progress through various spiritual-stages before setting their sights on the ultimate prize. read more

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The Ten-Thousand Things

One who dwells in dualism,
will be pursued by the ten-thousand things.
Even the most negligible sniff of right and wrong,
and Mind is forever lost in the stench of self-abashment. read more

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Dust to Dust

Thirteen: Dust to Dust


Upon that occasion, Subhuti enquired of the Lord Buddha, saying : “Blessed One, by what name shall this Scripture be known, that we may regard it with reverence? ” read more

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