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    group study Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra

    Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra is an ancient and influential Mahayana Buddhist text that chiefly discusses non-duality and the illusory nature of phenomena. I'm excerpting below the second chapter which is the shortest, but I highly recommend that you read the rest of the sutra text also. 2...
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    group study Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, Hui Neng

    About the The Platform Sutra The T'an Ching, or Platform Sutra, has been a volume of immense popularity among the Ch'an Buddhists of East Asia for many centuries. Purported to be the teaching of the Sixth Patriarch of the Southern School of Ch'an, it has achieved the highest status possible for...
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    group study Practical Mindfulness and Meditation by Western Dharma Teachers

    Buddha Dharma hasn't had more cultural visibility than a casual curiosity in most of the Western communities and the time of exposure has been relatively brief, but many Western meditation teachers have already gained substantial experience and wisdom to be recognized as capable Dharma teachers...
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    group study Buddhist Wisdom from Tantra and Dzogchen Perspectives

    Buddhist Wisdom from Tantra and Dzogchen Perspectives Here we go another stretch along the wisdom road. We are joined by the insightful commentaries of various Buddhist tantra and Dzogchen (Atiyoga) practitioners, mostly of different Vajrayana schools and maybe some Bön also. Expect to find...
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    group study Pure Land Buddhism and Guruyoga Tantra

    First, look through the Preliminaries of Buddhist Practice thread and make sure that you understand what is the starting point for this thread. Pure Land Buddhism is often referred to as the most simple way to enter the Mahayana Buddha Dharma. Mindfulness of the Buddha, name of the Buddha...
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    group study Ethics in Buddha Dharma

    The Noble Eightfold Path of Buddha Dharma recognizes that liberation from suffering starts with accepting the goodness of heart. Every sentient being originally has a perfectly innocent heart that has become obscured by anger, greed, and ignorance. Although re-discovering the heart of the Buddha...
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    group study Esoteric Practices in Mahayana Buddhist Sutras

    Esoteric Practices in Mahayana Buddhist Sutras Let's have a group study about assorted Mahayana Buddhist Sutras and esoteric practices explicitly therein. First, look through the Preliminaries of Buddhist Practice thread and make sure that you understand what is the starting point for this...
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    essay Generosity as the Perfection of Virtue and Wisdom

    Q: When you said that wisdom is the function, what did you mean by wisdom? A: The knowledge that by realizing the void-ness of all opposites, deliverance is assured and that, without this realization, you will never gain deliverance. This is what we call 'wisdom' or 'knowing wrong from right'...
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    group study Zen (Ch'an) Buddhism: Practices, Teachings, and Commentaries

    Zen or Ch'an is an evergreen topic on spiritual discussions that touch Oriental cultural themes. The reason is because Ch'an decisively affected the cultural development of China, Japan, and Korea when it was the chief cultural import of Tang dynasty along with Confucianism. The spirit of Ch'an...
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    announcements Preliminaries of Buddhist Practice

    Preliminaries of Buddhist Practice Buddha Dharma is a big motivation for why this board was founded. It's therefore prudent that we go over some rudimentary recommendations and take everyone though what are the minimal preliminaries for entering the Buddhist practice. This also acts as a...
  11. Miroku

    essay Reversing Global Warming

    Here I would like to share a piece of writing done by one of my favourite lamas lama Pema Chophel. Lama Pema Chophel is an American Buddhist lama that has been practicing since the 70's and has been recognized as a trained lama in the Nyingma lineage. I extremely adore him for his traditional...
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    essay The Ancient Sages Taught Us How to Change a Fated Destiny

    The Ancient Sages Taught Us How to Change a Fated Destiny For many years I have studied with the great Zen master of this era, Nan Huai-Chin, who is also recognized as an enlightened master of several schools: Taoism, Confucianism, Zen and esoteric Buddhism. Not since China’s Tang dynasty has a...
  13. Miroku

    group study Healthy Relationship with Difficulties

    It seems to me that this is one of the first "realizations" a student should or could have on the Buddhist path. I cannot speak about other paths, mostly due to my own fairly limited focus, that I still sometimes consider to be too broad (that cursed desire to taste all 84000 dharma gates)...
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    question Karma and Merit: Why Are Beauty and Ethical Behavior Connected?

    A great question. Generally speaking, attractiveness much depends on health and ample vital energy that flows smooth within the human body. Upset emotions cause jagged and distorted energetic imprints. It's important to understand the significance of emotions in energy circulation, so read up...
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    announcements Rules for Discussing the Monastic Traditions

    We welcome authentic monastically preserved teachings! What qualifies as a valid monastic tradition? Monks and nuns receive extra ethical vows and monastic strictures that detaches them from the lay people and the society, thus enabling monastics to devote their time and energy to spiritual...
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    essay Understanding

    Understanding Questions are endless, and answers are inexhaustible: if it’s a matter of curing illness, it doesn’t take a donkey load of medicine. What does that mean? When sages of yore passed on a word or half a phrase, it was something they did only because they had no other choice. If you...
  17. Earl Grey

    group study Fragrant Qigong

    Find more about Fragrant Qigong on Sifu John Dolic's website: http://www.qigongchinesehealth.com/fragrant_qigong This thread shall serve as a discussion for Fragrant Qigong, especially for students who have learned from John Dolic. As only Levels 1 and 2 are publicly available and Level 3...
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    question Unfinished Spiritual Journey and Death

    Good questions. It will come to facing bardo states. They are dreamlike states between one life and another, which is why training yogic dreaming and sleep is very important: they allow relevant experience and awareness to develop. Everything is like a dream, and bardo exemplifies the intensity...
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