Buddhism · Okumura Roshi · Uncategorized

Why do Buddhists bow to Buddha? – Okumura Roshi

https://dogeninstitute.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/when-we-bow-to-the-buddha-what-are-we-bowing-to/ I am little confused about when we bow to the Buddha. When we bow to the Buddha, what are we bowing to?  “Buddha” has many meanings. Here is one way to think about it. There are three bodies of Buddha. The first is called Dharmakaya. Buddha as Dharmakaya means dharma itself is Buddha. The… Continue reading Why do Buddhists bow to Buddha? – Okumura Roshi

Ajahn Sumedo · Buddhism · How to Practice · Theravada Buddhism

Let Go of Fire – Ajahn Sumedho

https://buddhismnow.com/2010/04/14/let-go-of-fire/ The Buddha’s teaching is all about understanding suffering – its origin, its cessation, and the path to its cessation. When we contemplate suffering, we find we are contemplating desire, because desire and suffering are the same thing. Desire can be compared to fire. If we grasp fire, what happens? Does it lead to happiness?… Continue reading Let Go of Fire – Ajahn Sumedho

Buddhism · Philosophy & Concepts · Psychotherapy · Towards A Correct view of the Self · Uncategorized

On Reincarnation

For folks who are interested in the concept of reincarnation, this article from Psychology Today is very much a worthwhile read.... (though necessarily a bit long) https://www.psychologytoday.com/…/201210/the-problem-reinca… From a soon to be published book: "The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self" by Dr. Alex Lickerman Exerpt: "Our lives are in constant… Continue reading On Reincarnation

Ajahn Brahm · Buddhism · How to Practice · Theravada Buddhism · Uncategorized

The Five Hindrances – Ajahn Brahm

The Buddha explained that it is the Five Hindrances that distort perception and corrupt our thinking. He called the Five Hindrances the nutriment that feeds delusion (AN 10.61). The first hindrance, Sensual Desire, selects what we want to see, hear, sense and cognize. It often embellishes the truth. It presents to our consciousness the product… Continue reading The Five Hindrances – Ajahn Brahm

Buddhism · Cutting to the Chase - Getting to the bottom of things · How We See the World · The Basics! · Theravada Buddhism · Zen - Study

Impermanence – k Sri Dhammananda

" the Buddha reminded us that all existing composite things are impermanence. With birth, there is death; with rise, there is dissolution; with meeting, there is separation. How can there be birth without death? How can there be emergence without dissolution? How can there be a meeting without separation? By declaring the law of impermanence… Continue reading Impermanence – k Sri Dhammananda

Buddhism · Jukai - The Precepts · Soto Zen Buddhism · Zen - Study

The Ten Essential Precepts – Soto Zen

from: http://sfzc.org/about-zen-center/principles-governance/ethics/ethical-principles/the-ten-essential-precepts The Ten Essential Precepts The Ten Essential Precepts are inseparable from both Buddha Nature and our relations with each other. They are the strands of Indra's Net. 1. A disciple of Buddha does not kill but rather cultivates and encourages life. This precept expresses the bodhisattva's intent to live compassionately and harmlessly. When… Continue reading The Ten Essential Precepts – Soto Zen


Door to understanding the 100 Dharmas

Shastra - Door to understanding the 100 Dharmas Shastra_on_the_Door_to_Understanding_the_Hundred_Dharmas - English It was only when I met a Buddhist monk in China, and he introduced me to the "Shastra - Door to understanding the 100 Dharmas" that I became interested in studying the basics of Buddhism, and the early books that were brought back from… Continue reading Door to understanding the 100 Dharmas