also click here:CTTBUSA
The Buddhist Text Translation Society is an excellent source for Sutra texts and
meditation manuals, Dharma CDs, and other items. Their excellent books are too
numerous to mention here, so follow this link:
BTTS
Master Hsu Yun is picture  here at
one-hundred twelve, he worked vigorously till
he died eight years later. His year by year auto
biography is published in the book, Empty
Cloud, by Charles Luk..

At the age of nineteen, he already possessed
deep realization. His parents, however, wanted
the family name to continue and married him
to not one, but two, young girls.

However, when he was put together with them
on their wedding night, he sat down in silence,
composed a poem for them, and departed.

The girls never saw him again. However, they
were so moved by the poem that both became
life-long Buddhist.nuns.

I have made a copy of the poem:
(Click Here)
Left: A just completed new
translation of the Surangama
Sutra.HH Dali Lama regarded it as
an excellent "practice text and my
own teacher, Master Hsuan Hua,
certainly regarded it as such.


This translation is unsurpassed as
the translators had the opportunity
to hear Master Hua's commmentary
on it during a multi- month lecture
series. Much of the text is
illuminated by this commentary.

It can be purchased directly from
the
Buddhist Text Translation
Society (Hard Cover,ISBN
9780881399622, 492 pages.)

My own comments on the
Surangama;
click here
The Green Bee's Magical Transformation: This is a little story about a
Carpenter Bee and I, a little anger, and a surprise happy ending.
Click here to
read.
The Three Refuges
A complete recording of this
text is available in the audio
section for those wishing to
listen to it.
The great Buddhist
Translator, Edward
Conze, said that if he
could only have one
book on his death
bed he would choose
the Vissudhimagga, or
"Path of Purification."


This is a reference
manual on the entire
Buddhist path, from
foundational work to
the highest attainment.
Ten Ways To Build a Strong Practice

1: Consistency: A good strong practice is developed over a long period of time and we should understand this
from the very beginning. We must be in it for the long haul and practice like we eat, everyday, and several
times a day, even if some of the sessions are short. Just as we nourish the body best with rest, exercise; and
nourishing food, our practice should be based on good teachings, authentic teachings.

2:  Be patient with yourself and believe in yourself.

3:  Discipline desires, but don't suppress them. A good practitioner is able to sublimate the energy of desire
and direct it inward, and rest in the sense of fulfillment this brings.

4:  Keep the body light and pliant, diet disciplined, and sleep not too much nor too little.

5:  Choose a practice that suits your temperament and stay with it.  Since the fault usually lies in the
application, always  look to improve
how you practice and don't worry so much about which technique is best.

6:  Keep your life as simple as possible, with the fewest distractions.

7:  Cultivate friendships with others who are better than you or your equal.

8:   Seek out a good teacher and put his advice into practice. Rely on instructions from authentic sutra texts
when no teacher is available.

9:   Put aside all thoughts about progress and just work hard. You'll know when you get there.

10:  Be sincere. More than anything else, being sincere will assure your success.
The Three Jewels
RECOMMENDED READING:
The Heart Treasure of the
Enlightened Ones, covers
the entire Buddhist path in
simple language that reflects
the deep understanding of its
author, Kyabje Dilgo
Khyentse Rinpoche.
This is a book (above)I highly
recommend for the clarity in
which it explains the intricacies of
correct meditation. For both
beginners and advanced.
Master Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche and
I, at his Himalayan monastery,
Thupten Cholling, app 1985


The Buddha is a guide whose motivation for teaching is his great compassion. Coupled with
wisdom, this compassion arose at the moment of the Buddha's enlightenment. The Buddha has
removed all obstructions and arrived at peace. Salvation for his followers must come from their
own effort; he can only show the way. He sees others as himself, Buddhas, but lacking
realization, others do not see the treasure within themselves.  He reveals a path that will lead
them to discover it; this path is known as the
Dharma, the teaching of the Buddha. Those who
follow his teachings and gather together for discussion and practice are the
Sangha. Together, the
Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, are known as the Three Jewels.

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This prayer prayer book is
an excellent way to begin
the day and takes about five
minutes to read.
read here
Buddhist Teachings
(audio
Link)
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Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche (1980),
(1923-Sept 2, 2011)  I offered my first
kata
to Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche in 1969, and
he has influenced my life as a Buddhist
since.  Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche embodies
the teachings of the Buddha and is one of
Buddhism's leading masters. He is the late
 
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's principle
disciple and discovered his
new incarnation.
Buddhism:
Now Hiring
Inquire Within
My son Kai in my shrine room
Books I highly recommend.
My son Kai and I looking over a
scroll of instructions that my
teacher, Master Hsuan Hua, wrote
out to me in 1977 and I have only
recently received.
I may have suffered from a detached retina had Dr. Paludal not intervened.


Dr. Paudyal is with Tilganga Eye Hospital, in Kathmandu Nepal. Many Nepalese have recovered
from blindness caused by cataracts and Glaucoma by undergoing treatment at Tilganga. Tilganga is
sponsored in part by the Himalayan Cataract Foundation. For only $18 you can restore the gift of
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Master Hsu Yun, 119 years old, certified my teacher,
Master Hsuan Hua's, understanding and transmitted
the dharma to him, making him the head of the Wei
Yang lineage

To all Buddhas everywhere throughout all realms of time,
I take refuge and offer up my life. May all beings discover
this supreme source of blessings, and deeply enter the
Buddha's way.

In the still brightness of the Dharma's pure nature;
I take refuge and realize sublime prajna,
May all beings discover the treasury of sutras,
and fully fathom the depth of the wisdom sea.

With Samantbhadra, Manjusri, and the entire great assembly,
I take refuge and join in virtuous harmony.
May all beings be nourished by this great assembly;
and faithfully revere the holy sangha
.
Tripitika Master Hsuan
Hua
, with whom I took
ordination in 1972 and
stayed with until 1983,
when I returned to lay
life and began a family
in Nepal.
Life with the Master
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Master Hsuan Hua, above
Master Hsu Yun worked tirelessly
teaching the dharma and yet never
thought himself above common
work.
In the beginning there was nothing, nor was anything lacking.
The paper was blank. We pick up the paint brush and create the
scene. The landscape, the wind whipping water into waves.
Everything depends upon the stroke of our brush.
Our Ox lets the good earth lead it,
Just as our brush allows our hand to move it.
Take any direction, roam the world to its farthest edge.
All comes back to where it started... to blessed Emptiness.


Master Hsu Yun

For full set of verses
click here:
Fred Klarer (DM Heng
Shou) Interview for CTTB
(sound Only) Click to
listen or Right click to
download
Files
HH Dali Lama website link:
HH Dali Lama
Perhaps the best source on the
web for a wide variety of Buddhist
instruction, all of which can be
downloaded for ipod use or cd
burning.
Thankas Low res
Karmapa on meat
eating.
I have several Buddhist Thankas from
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This is probablly the
clearest book on basic
meditation practice I
have read. And, when
you or a loved one is
about to depart, a clear
map.
Simple, yet profound and
engagiing from cover to
cover.
Thought for the Day, April 11, 2014

"Although it is their sticks that hurt me, I am angry at the ones who wield them, striking
me. But they in turn are driven by their hatred; Therefore with their hatred I should take
offence."

Shantideva The Way of the Bodhisattva: Shambhala Publications.

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Thought for the Day, April 12, 2014

"Those who harm me rise against me— It’s my karma that has summoned them. And if
through this these beings go to hell, Is it not I who bring their ruin?"

"Because of them, and through my patience, All my many sins are cleansed and purified.
But they will be the ones who, thanks to me, Will have the long-drawn agonies of hell."

"Therefore I am their tormentor! Therefore it is they who bring me benefit! Thus with
what perversity, pernicious mind, Will you be angry with your enemies?"

Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva: Shambhala Publications.
                 
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Thought for the Day, April 13, 2014

"The enmity that others show me, Since in this or future lives It cannot actually devour
me, Why should I be so averse to it?

Perhaps I turn from it because It hinders me from having what I want. But all my
property I’ll leave behind, While sins will keep me steady company.

Better far for me to die today, Than live a long and evil life. However long the days of
those like me, The pain of dying will be all the same."

Shantideva The Way of the Bodhisattva: Shambhala Publications.
                                        
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Thought for the Day, April 14, 2014

"And if, when people slander us, We claim our anger is because they injure others, How is
it we do not resent Their slander when it’s aimed at someone else?"

Shantideva The Way of the Bodhisattva: Shambhala Publications.

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Thought for the Day, April 15, 2014

"Some do evil things because of ignorance, Some respond with anger, being ignorant.
Which of them is faultless in such acts? To whom shall error be ascribed?

Instead, why did they act in times gone by That they are now so harmed at others’ hands?
Since everything depends on karma, Why should I be angry at such things?

This I see and therefore, come what may, I’ll hold fast to the virtuous path And foster in
the hearts of all An attitude of mutual love."

Shantideva The Way of the Bodhisattva: Shambhala Publications.


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Sorry all for the long lack of updates on "Thoughts." What I and the experts at my publisher
"Yahoo" thought was a glitch on their end, turned out to be a bug deeply woven into my own
software, which I figured out tonight. Now playing catch up ! (note: March 17, 2014)