The third Noble Truth is the truth of cessation. Not only do we let go of suffering and desire, we know when those things are not there. And this is a most important part of meditation practice, to really know when there is no suffering. Suffering ceases, and you are still alive, still aware, still breathing. It doesn’t mean that the world has ended, that everything has become blank; it means that the suffering has ceased. The suffering ends, and there is knowledge of the end of suffering. Continue reading
Translated from the Korean by
Martine and Stephen Batchelor
The Buddhas of the three times arise solely from the mind. Likewise, all sentient beings arise solely from the mind. Furthermore, all things in the universe arise solely from the mind. And limitless space also arises solely from the mind. Thus the Buddhas and the sentient beings are not two. Likewise, what has form and what is formless are not two. Therefore, all of you gathered here today, say something about this one thing which is nondual! Have you awakened to this?
(The master strikes the base of the Dharma seat with his staff.)
The green pine and the green bamboo reveal the spring throughout the four seasons. White snow blending with the wind passes over the mountain behind. Continue reading
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Awareness part two from a prose translation of the Fifth Chapter of Acharya Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara. Translated from the Tibetan edition by Stephen Batchelor
Whenever the desire to move or say something occurs, first examine the mind and only act when it is firm and still. Should attachment or a wish to express anger be present in your thoughts, then do not budge or say a word: remain like a piece of wood. Likewise, if you feel agitated or sarcastic, puffed up or conceited, spiteful, pretentious or full of deceit, when you long to praise yourself and put others down, if you feel contempt or aggression, then remain like a piece of wood. If you want to say something out of a wish to reject or reduce others, being intent on your own personal satisfaction and seeking to impress those around you, then stay like a piece of wood. When you are impatient, lazy and frightened or overbearing, garrulous and prejudiced, then too, be like a piece of wood! Continue reading
By Stephen Batchelor
Everyone who knew John Snelling through his Buddhist connections soon learned that he had leukaemia. This disease, which was diagnosed in 1975, became his inseparable companion in dukkha. Although he raged against it, countering it with cocktails of chemicals and all manner of complementary care, in the end he let it run its course. ‘I want to die organically,’ he said with a wry smile in the weeks before his death, and restricted his treatment to herbs, massage and good meat dinners. Those of us around him expected that this time too, as so often before, he would bounce back to life. In the Bristol Cancer Centre it was said of John that he didn’t just recover from his bouts of cancer, he reincarnated.
Well, this time he didn’t — at least not in this world. Continue reading
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Part one Awareness from a prose translation of the Fifth Chapter of
Acharya Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara translated from
the Tibetan edition by Stephen Batchelor
Those who wish to safeguard their training
Must carefully protect their minds.
For if the mind is not protected
They will be unable to safeguard the training.
Wild elephants in rut cannot cause such harm as those torments of the deepest hell inflicted by the rampant elephant of the mind. But if I firmly secure this mental elephant with the rope of total mindfulness, all my anxieties will vanish and every virtue will be at hand. Tigers, lions, elephants, bears, snakes, every kind of enemy, the guardians of the hells, sorceresses and demonic spirits will all be bound by binding the mind alone. They will all be brought under control if this mind alone is brought under control. For the genuine teacher himself has taught that every fear as well as all this boundless suffering originates from the mind. Continue reading
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From an exhibition at:
Norton Simon Museum
March 28–Aug. 25, 2014
Buddha Shakyamuni or Akshobhya
Nepal, 13th century, Gilt-copper alloy, 13-3/4 x 10-1/4 in. (34.9 x 26 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation. Continue reading
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