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    instructions Dharani and Sutra Recitation for Practitioners

    Dharani and Sutra Recitation for Practitioners Here we share Mahayana Buddhist dharani and sutra texts that should be helpful for all wisdom seekers and practitioners of internal training. By dharani we mean any spiritually transformative piece of Buddhist speech or text which, unlike mantra...
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    group study The Unsurpassed Benefits of Studying Well and the Downfalls of Its Neglect

    The Unsurpassed Benefits of Studying Well and the Downfalls of Its Neglect We want to practice internal arts for the results in self-transformation, but even a good practice itself is rarely enough for deep understanding. The reason is that everyone has many lifetimes of unconsciously adapted...
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    group study Meditative Mindfulness Leading to Insight — Pali Discourses by Gautama Buddha

    Meditative Mindfulness Leading to Insight This is not a complete exposition of the essentials of the Buddhist path or even of the Buddhist meditation, but more like a pointer for understanding what is meant by the traditional Buddhist mindfulness. Generally speaking, it's not a good idea to try...
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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 Oriental Poetry and Calligraphy as the Language of the Heart and Spirit

    Oriental Poetry and Calligraphy as the Language of the Heart and Spirit If there is one distinguishing cultural feature that stands out in Oriental cultures, it's their sophistication with poetry and calligraphy. These two are often married together because the pictogram language and the...
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    group study Pure Land Buddhism and Deity Yoga Tantra

    Pure Land Buddhism and Deity Yoga Tantra Pure Land Buddhism is often referred to as the most simple way to enter the Mahayana Buddha Dharma and is considered to be a way of other power where salvation comes outside of the practitioner. Mindfulness of the Buddha, name of the Buddha, specific...
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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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    group study Laozi, Zhuangzi and Daoist Practice

    I want to open this up because I am curious to know what others think about the Dao De Jing and The Book of Zhuangzi. How do the texts influence your practice and day to day living? I always felt that the Dao De Jing was more like a manual, which is why I have always preferred Zhuangzi because...
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    group study Daoist Three Treasures

    Taoist perspective honors Three Treasures: Ci is the ability to know compassion when relating to others, where you treat all experience as if it is a part of you. This is called owning your condition. Jian is your appreciation for the 'uncarved block,' or the ever changing aspect of life, by...
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    group study Fundraiser and Translation of Ten Discourses on Daoist Alchemy

    Fundraiser by Mattias Daly: Translation of Ten Discourses on Daoist Alchemy "A Westerner with the knowledge of Daoist pharmacopeia and inner cultivation and the ability and dedication to present such materials to...
  12. Earl Grey

    group study A List of Texts Earl Grey Plans to Read and Discuss

    Here's a list of books I've pulled out that I'm planning on reading and re-reading for discussion. Anyone who wants to read along, please do so and contribute, or just watch me talk to myself here! This will be updated accordingly throughout the year. The Book of Five Rings, by Miyamoto...