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.
* * *
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 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
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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
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 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
I have several Buddhist Thankas from
my private collection for sale at
wholesale prices. Contact me
at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
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
Thought for the Day, September 27, 2014
"Ignorance is the parent of fear,"
Melville, Herman, Moby Dick: or, the White Whale
You need not be a Buddhist, or follow any religion to catch glimpses of what is true, as
the above quote from Herman Melville illustrates. Sometimes, whether religious or not,
we should simply pay attention to our own thinking, our ordinary everyday mind. We
may not have the realization of a saint, but we all have our moments of saintly passing
thoughts, now and then, as is well illustrated by Melville in the above quote. A book
could probably be written about the relationship of fear and ignorance, and Melville must
have done a considerable amount of reflection on the relationship for him to state it so
eloquently. I don't know what he meant by fear and ignorance, especially ignorance, but
these handful of words could have certainly come from a great bodhisattva or Buddha
and if contemplated as such could take one a long long way on the Path. So, pay
attention to your ordinary thoughts and if something seems a bit extraordinary take a
little time to find out just what that is.
* * *
Thought for the Day, September 28, 2014
Enlightenment isn't going to get any closer by thinking how far off it is. And, if one
decides to opt out of the fray altogether, why not just die now? "Well, I am having such
a great time," a possible reply. But, each and every great time, do they not end, often in
bed staring at the ceiling, or alone in your car, or on a walk, ended none the less, and we
are wondering if anything was gained by it all, or am I more drained from the good time.
How many good times does it take before one realizes how unfufilling they are? If the
good times are so good, why alcohol and drugs --- the usual bedfellows of a "good
time?" Do we really need to be made stupider than we already are? Of, course not all
good times are partying; there is shopping, for example; don't do that drunk, usually,
anyway. But, if shopping is so much fun, why not think about how much the advertisers
and shop owners appreciate you. And, why am I doing this anyway; do I really need
these things, or am I just escaping to the mall, escaping from what, I don't know, but
hell bent to escape rather than find out. Well, I don't party or shop, just a good clean
wholesome person; and not interested in expanding my boarders, so don't give me the
religion thing. Well, is such a view not rooted in fear, fear that what we really think is
actually true; that we could get more out of life if we tried? God forbid that my inner
promptings might be right! Worse yet, God forbid that they be wrong. Think of that,
having no "boarders" to expand into. What if this seemingly out of reach realm that we
dare not explore really weren't more than a fantasy, and there were not a real possibility
of reaching beyond what we now know, would we not pray that this is just a nightmare
from which we will awaken? What if those opportunities that we fail to take were all
found out to be unreal anyway; would we not be greatly saddened? Do we not thrive on
possibilities, even if we don't explore them?
People don't like sermons because they have heard it all before; from themselves. God
forbid that they have had it right all along.
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After our steep descent from the clouds; see September
12 thought for account of day hike.