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
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
A complete recording of this
text is available in the audio
section for those wishing to
listen to it.
The great Buddhist
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
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 book is an
excellent way to begin the
day and takes about five
minutes to read. read here
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.
Books I highly recommend.
A scroll of instructions that my
teacher, Master Hsuan Hua, wrote
out to me in 1977 and I have only
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
sight to a blind person in the Himalayas.
Visit http://www.cureblindness.org/help/donate.html for more information.
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
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
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.
Master Hsuan Hua, above
Master Hsu Yun worked tirelessly
teaching the dharma and yet never
thought himself above common
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:
HH Dalai Lama website link:
HH Dalai 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
I have several Buddhist Thankas from
my private collection for sale at
wholesale prices. Contact me
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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
Simple, yet profound and
engagiing from cover to
Master Hsuan Hua and H H Dalai
Lama enjoyed a deep friendship
and mutual respect across all
boundaries. Master Hsuan Hua
was a true friend of the Tibetan
people, and often invited the great
Tibetan masters to his monastery.
His Holiness the 16th Karmapa,
Rigpe Dorje, remarked after
visiting the Master, that in all
America he had not met a Master
equal to Master Hua. Master
Hsuan Hua shared similar
admiration for the Karmaps, and
other Tibetan masters.
Nepal is the birth place of Lord Buddha, a land of saints and sages of many traditions. It is a place where
historically pilgrims going north from India into Tibet and China, and south from Tibet and China into
India, would rest for several months midway through their journey. Those going south in the summer,
would rest in Kathmandu until winter came, to avoid the death sentence of what, for many centuries, was
the most malarial invested jungle in the world. Those going north would rest in Kathmandu in the winter,
before making their way to Tibet and China, to avoid the death sentence of extremely high and cold
mountain passes. The reposes of these pilgrims, many of whom were adept yogis and scholars, molded
Kathmandu into what became the center of learning in Asia. A significant amount of the rich Mahayana
Buddhist tradition grew out of Nepal's contribution. Nepal has contributed equally to the development of
Hinduism. One of the four most sacred sites of the Hindus is in Nepal, Paushupatinath.
Nepal, one of the materially poorest countries in the world, has offered much more than many of us may
realize. Myself, having lived in Nepal ten years continuously, and a constant pilgrim there, cannot help but
feel an enormous sense of gratitude for Nepal's spiritual heritage which she has shared so graciously. No
one who has traveled to Nepal has failed to appreciate the loving and nurturing nature of the Nepalese
people. They truly live by the teachings that evolved out of this magnificent Himalayan region.
The hardship the Nepalese are currently experiencing should not be borne alone by a people who has given
so much to others. If everyone who has absorbed themselves in Nepal's news the last few weeks, were to
calculate that time and how much their wage would be for that time, and contributed just that much, it
would no doubt enable several people to be benefited. If our sympathy for the Nepalese doesn't go beyond
the coffee table conversations, then what is the point of watching the news---to make advertisers rich, or
for entertainment purposes?
A little goes a long way in Nepal. My daughter is in Nepal now working with various organization and she
told me yesterday that one hundred dollars will buy a temporary house for a family of six. When their
homes are rebuilt, these temporary houses can be used as cow sheds. She told me yesterday that
"everyone" is out on the streets working to help one another, cleaning up broken homes, distributing food,
clothes, water, blankets, and so forth. Nepalese have always been a cohesive society, long accustomed to
supporting one another through crisis and sharing in each others' joy , as well. The Nepalese people are
struggling now, and we have an opportunity to help them heal, or we can do nothing. For those of you in
the former lot, here are three reliable organization, one my daughter works with, that I personally know
your contributions will go to the people who need it most, and two other better known eye hospitals that
have recently focused on earthquake relief. If you donate to the eye hospital be sure to stipulate for "earth
quake relief" if that is what you want. CYF (Children and Youth First)
NEPAL AID INCENTIVE
Thought for the Day: May 26, 2015
I received an email the other day from a reader asking how to control his mind, to stop
negative thoughts, and control his goal. He was obviously very upset, for the usual answers
did not make sense to him, telling him to ask himself "to whom do these thoughts arise,"
to observe them without interfering with their rise and fall, to watch his breath, and so
forth. Sometimes thoughts can be so turbulent that meditation is very unappealing. When
this happens the agitated state will not be subdued or calmed by meditative efforts,
especially seated meditation, which may aggravate it.
Sometimes it is best to seek out good company and make a steady diet of it. If we
surround ourselves with people who are calm and collected, it will rub off on us, and we
should do this regularly. How we do this depends on the availability of not only dharma
centers, but various other clubs and organizations where people gather together in a spirit
friendship engaging in activity, physical or mental, and share their experience with others. i.
Many years ago I asked my son, Kailash, to join a canoe club in Hawaii. There he learned
about Hawaiian culture, friendship, sportsmanship, and so forth. There are many neutral
ways to share basic human feelings and that is something we all need. When that is not
there, we become agitated. If it doesn't come in the course of our normal day, we should
seek it out.
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Thank you: Richard Josephson
Above: Dharma master Heng Shun and I at the City of Ten Thousand
Buddhas. DM Shun and I took bhiksu precepts together in 1976.