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.
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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 17 November 2012 by Buddhism Now
The following is adapted from a talk on Right Livelihood
given at a Sharpham colloquium in March 1998
When it comes to Right Livelihood, it’s good to have the freedom to do what you really feel is Right, to keep the Right Livelihood spirit in whatever way that that spirit manifests in you. And I say that from experience, because while probably most jobs don’t come into the distinct category of wrong livelihood as listed in the Buddhist texts—dealing in arms, slaughtering animals, and so forth—some do, and I happened to get a job many years ago which, for me, actually came dangerously close to falling into that awful category, though I was unaware of it to begin with. (more…)
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Posted on 20 January 2011 by Buddhism Now
Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening
by Hui Hai Translation of the Tun Wu Ju Tao Yao Mên Lun and Tsung Ching Record
ISBN 13: 978-0946672035
ISBN 10: 0946672035
Buddhist Publishing Group Published: 1962, 1987
Paperback, 188 pages. £8.95 / $16.95
Rendered into English by John Blofeld Foreword by Charles Luk This eighth-century classic is a complete translation of Hui Hai’s teachings. He was one of the early Chan/Zen masters (along with Ma Tsu and Huang Po) following on from Hui Neng, the Sixth Patriarch.
You can buy Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening from the Book Depository for around £8 with free worldwide delivery.
See below for other online sites. Extracts:
Sudden Illumination means deliverance while still in this life. How shall I make you understand that? You may be compared to lion cubs, which are genuine lions from the time of their birth; for, with those who undertake to become suddenly illumined, it is just like that. The moment they practise it, they enter the Buddha-stage, just as the shoots put forth by bamboos in spring will have grown to resemble the parent plants without the least difference remaining even before spring has departed. (more…)
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