Posted on 16 November 2013 by Buddhism Now
In front of the Patriarch’s room
The road is smooth
A thousand years pass in vain
Shines like snow
The Second Patriarch
His arm severed
Still hasn’t arrived.
A Quiet Room:
The Poetry of
Zen Master Jakushitsu
by Arthur Braverman
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Posted on 11 November 2013 by Buddhism Now
Sutra on expelling evils and begging fortunes.
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Date: acclaimed 1745.
Language: Yuanyang dialect, Yi language.
Photographs from the British Library #endangeredarchives project.
Thanks to @bl_eap
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Posted on 9 November 2013 by Buddhism Now
Light of Asia: The Great Renunciation, Sir Edwin Arnold.
An adaptation of the Lalitavistara. First edition published in London in July 1879.
Takes the form of a narrative poem, the Light of Asia describes the life of Gautama Siddhartha, who became The Buddha.
One of the first books on Buddhism.
One of my favourites Book the Eighth starts page 206
I, Buddh, who wept with all my brothers’ tears,
Whose heart was broken by a whole world’s woe.
Laugh and am glad, for there is Liberty!
Ho! ye who suffer! know
Ye suffer from yourselves. None else compels,
None other holds you that ye live and die,
And whirl upon the wheel, and hug and kiss
Its spokes of agony,
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Posted on 6 September 2013 by Buddhism Now
The Buddha stressed the urgency for change saying that the human situation is like a man whose house is on fire. What was true for the individual then is becoming increasingly true for our collective existence today. Even a superficial investigation into the causes of the crisis, as called for by the Second Noble Truth, will reveal that the collective behaviour of humanity and the impact it is having on living systems is the cause. The Earth is under tremendous stress, and we are clearly overstepping the limits of her life-support systems to cleanse and balance the pollution and preserve nature as we know it in all its beauty and diversity. Meanwhile the consumer society with its dire attendant social and ecological impact goes largely unquestioned and mostly unchallenged. (more…)
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Posted on 14 June 2013 by Buddhism Now
A collection of eight new or significantly revised translations of Ajahn Chah’s Dhamma talks by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Two of them have never been translated before into English, and four of them are based on entirely new Thai transcriptions of the best and most complete source recordings available.
Dhamma is a condition that can cut through and reduce the problems and difficulties in the human heart—reducing them, reducing them until they’re gone.
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Posted on 26 January 2013 by Buddhism Now
A certain Mr Porng went to visit the abbot of a nearby monastery, and he asked, ‘Luang Por [Reverend Father], the Buddha taught that everything is not-self and is without an owner—there is no one who commits karma and no one who receives its results. If that is the case, then I can go out and hit somebody over the head or even kill them, or do anything I like, because there is no one committing karma and no one receiving its results.’
No sooner had Mr Porng finished speaking than the abbot swung his walking stick down like a flash. Mr Porng could hardly get his arm up fast enough to ward off the blow. Even so, the stick struck solidly in the middle of his arm, giving it a good bruise. Clutching his sore arm, Mr Porng said, ‘Luang Por! Why did you do that?’ His voice trembled with the anger that was welling up inside him. (more…)
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