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:
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
could only have one
book on his death
bed he would
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.
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
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
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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.
My son Kai in my shrine room
Books I highly
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.
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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
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,
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
The paper was blank. We pick up the paint brush and
create the scene. The landscape, the wind whipping water
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 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.
I have several Buddhist Thankas
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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
Simple, yet profound
and engagiing from
cover to cover.
Thought for the Day, March 7, 2014
The saying, "close only counts in horse shoes" is true for that sport, for other
sports missing by a wide margin or a narrow one is equal in that no point is
gained. But, it is more frustrating to miss by a very narrow margin, while being
wildly off target is not so discouraging. How we frame our thoughts is important
to conceptualize and analyze because it influences our viewpoints and attitudes.
Many of our erroneous views arise because we live by "pat" sayings, that when
analyzed do not reflect the way things really are.
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