Posted on 26 February 2015 by Buddhism Now
Short film (about 6 minutes) on the Four Noble Truths.
The truth of anguish
The truth of the arising of anguish
The truth of the stopping of anguish
The truth of the course leading to the stopping of anguish
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Posted on 22 February 2015 by Buddhism Now
In Buddhist psychology, we talk about ‘store consciousness’. Store consciousness is the lower part of our consciousness which stores many things; we call them seeds — seeds of happiness, seeds of sorrow, seeds of pain, all kinds of seeds. And that part of our consciousness is described as being like a garden, or soil, or earth, which preserves seeds. Continue reading
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Posted on 15 February 2015 by Buddhism Now
In the Soto school we also appreciate gradual practice and sudden realization. But Soto Zen emphasizes that, because this life is all together one thing, is the Buddha Way itself, you should not expect kensho. As soon as you chase after something, right there you create separation, so how can you have realization? Many people misunderstand, saying that the Soto school is not concerned with the enlightenment experience — that’s nonsense. Awakening is the very core of the Buddha’s teaching, but if we are thinking about awakening we are separating ourselves from it. Continue reading
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Posted on 7 February 2015 by Buddhism Now
Is there any object we can really trust forever and take refuge in? Is there another person we can feel completely happy with all the time? Is there a place, a book, a picture, a flower, beautiful scenery that we can enjoy all the while? Flowers are beautiful creations of nature, but how long can we sit and look at one without feeling bored? Most of us have to go from one flower to the next because one beautiful flower is not enough. People who do gardening, their minds are always creating something new, some new kind of arrangement, something that will be even nicer. No matter how beautiful anything is, it is never truly satisfying. There is always a snake in the grass, a worm in the apple, a fly in the ointment. Continue reading
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Posted on 30 January 2015 by Buddhism Now
The Prince of Sseu Tao once asked Master Shen Hui whether ‘the absence of thought’ was something to be cultivated by the foolish or by the wise. ‘Because’ the Prince reasoned, ‘if it was a method for the wise, why encourage the foolish to cultivate it?’
Shen Hui answered, ‘”The absence of thought” is a method for the wise, but if the foolish were to cultivate it, they would no longer be foolish.’
Prince: But that absence — what is it the absence of, and that thought — what is it the thought of? Continue reading
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