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Dalai Lama: There is no such thing as a Muslim terrorist

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“Buddhist terrorist. Muslim terrorist. That wording is wrong,” he said. “Any person who wants to indulge in violence is no longer a genuine Buddhist or genuine Muslim, because it is a Muslim teaching that once you are involved in bloodshed, actually you are no longer a genuine practitioner of Islam.”

“All major religious traditions carry the same message: a message of love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, self-discipline – all religious traditions”.

Source: Dalai Lama: There is no such thing as a Muslim terrorist | The Independent


Just as the honey is not sweetness, The words of Wu Hsin are not The truth

With thanks to Yvon at ivonprefontaine.com

Source: Pointers to Non-Duality | Teacher as Transformer

When I am mindful and present to the world in its past, present, and future moments the text I live comes to life with new meaning:

 

Just as the honey is not sweetness,

The words of Wu Hsin are not

The truth.

However, time spent with these words is like

The aftermath of rain.

In due course, a sprouting of

Understanding will occur and

Will bear fruit at a pace

Outside of one’s control.


The Chain

Source: The Chain | Great Middle Way

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Aug 7, 2017

stone_buddha_faceBecause one thing is, another one arises;

because this is born, that is born.

Conditioned by ignorance,

karmic formations come into being.

Conditioned by karmic formations,

consciousness comes into being.

Conditioned by consciousness, name and form come into being.

Conditioned by name and form, the six sources of perception come into being.

Conditioned by the six sources of perception, contact comes into being.

Conditioned by contact, feeling comes into being.

Conditioned by feeling, craving comes into being.

Conditioned by craving, grasping comes into being.

Conditioned by grasping, existence comes into being.

Conditioned by existence, birth comes into being.

Conditioned by birth, aging and death come into being,

as well as misery, lamentation, pain, unhappiness, and agitation.

That is how this great heap of suffering comes into being.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Āryamaitreyaparipcchādharmāṣṭanāma mahāyāna sūtra


Present! – Talks of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center (26 min)

Mel Van Dusen presents the talks of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.


A perversion of the Dharma

Source: A perversion of the Dharma | Great Middle Way

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July 8, 2017

339a2e7eaf350a41cfbb325ca30631aa--buddhist-teachings-buddhist-artThe Buddha said time and again in the sutras: “My followers should give up all evil actions that directly or indirectly injure others.”

One may disregard his words; one may consciously lead others to commit evil in provisioning oneself with meat.

One may think, “There are always skillful means in the sutras and tantras that counteract the evil so that I shall still be pure of stain.”

And one can let oneself off the hook by telling oneself that there are substances to be placed into the animals’ mouths and words that can be whispered in their ears and impressed upon their minds so that they will not remain in the lower realms.

But to do this reveals a complete failure to grasp the meaning of the Buddha’s teaching. It is a perversion of the Dharma.

—Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol


Meditate!

Source: Meditate! | Great Middle Way

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June 19, 2017

13327396_1727813734174722_8594400825495450700_nThe perfect teaching of the Buddha is not accomplished through mere study.

Dharma without meditation is like dying of thirst while being helplessly carried away by a great river.

Dharma without meditation is like supplying many beings with food and drink, and starving oneself to death.

Dharma without meditation is like dying of a stomach ailment while possessing all the specific remedies.

Dharma without meditation is like counting huge numbers of jewels in treasure stores, without obtaining even one for oneself.

Dharma without meditation is like being born in the court of a royal palace, surrounded by pleasures, without getting any food or drink.

Dharma without meditation is like being a blind artist who paints a picture in the middle of a crowded market, unable to see it oneself.

Dharma without meditation is like being a boatman who takes many people safely across a big lake in which one drowns.

Dharma without meditation is like announcing at a crossroads all the most wonderful things without obtaining any for oneself.

―Flower Arrayed Tree Sutra

 


How to practice

“Practice until you see yourself in the cruelest person on Earth, in the child starving, in the political prisoner. Continue until you recognize yourself in everyone in the supermarket, on the street corner, in a concentration camp, on a leaf, in a dewdrop. Meditate until you see yourself in a speck of dust in a distant galaxy. See and listen with the whole of your being. If you are fully present, the rain of Dharma will water the deepest seeds in your consciousness, and tomorrow, while you are washing the dishes or looking at the blue sky, that seed will spring forth, and love and understanding will appear as a beautiful flower.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh