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 HH 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
Purchase a Bell and
Vajra and cure blindness
HH Trulshik Rinpoche (1980),
(1923-Sept 2, 2011) I offered my first kata
to HH Trulshik Rinpoche in 1969, and he
has influenced my life as a Buddhist since.
HH Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche embodies
the teachings of the Buddha and is one of
Buddhism's leading masters. He is the late
HH 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
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 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
Thought for the day, May 19, 2013
The "Hua Yen Teachings" is the Buddhist teachings on "Totality" which is most thoroughly
presented in the Avatatamsaka Sutra, all eighteen hundred pages of it. Its main thesis is that
everything creates the entire Dharmadhatu, in simple language, our world, metaphysical,
physical, imagined. If even a small insect was removed, the entire world could no longer exist.
It can be illustrated in simpler terms. If we have a house, with door, windows, beams, etc., the
house is a house only when all the parts are present, remove one beam, or even a nail, and it is
no longer a house. The house is a house because it has its parts all of the, and a rafter is a rafter
only as a member of the house. While the house makes possible the rafter's rafterness, the
rafter makes possible the house. Everything is interdependent.
I was stuck on Oahu with my daughter two days ago because of a four hour delay of our
inter-connecting flight to Asia. With two days to kill until the next flight, we decided to take an
island tour on one of them. It was fun, stopping fifteen minutes here and there around one
section of the island for half a day. There were twenty-five on our tour and the bus couldn't
leave unless all twenty five were on board. So, on a couple of occasions, when one was late and
everyone was steaming on board waiting for the wanderer to show up I thought of the above
teaching on interdependence and totality.
* * *
Thought for the day, May 20, 2013
If you remember the words of a teaching, but forget the meaning, you can repeat it to someone
who may understand, even if you don't. If you remember the meaning but forget the words,
you may understand, but be unable to help others understand. But, if you remember both
words and meaning you benefit yourself and others.
* * *
Thought for the day, May 21, 2013
Our ordinary mind is controlled by attachments and desires many of which will cause us
suffering in the long term, but not all of them. Likewise, the words we say may lead us up or
down. We have the gift, as human beings, of the faculty of discrimination and should guide our
thoughts and actions as we might chess pieces on a chess board and not just think and talk
indiscriminately. How many actions have we engaged in that we regretted and could have been
prevented with a small amount of mental control that seeded the action through our thinking,
and how many words could have been left unsaid for the better, all should be reflected upon.
* * *
Thought for the day, May 22, 2013
Acting in accord with the dharma is not following a formula, but rather using a formula in
creative ways. We must understand the underlying principles involved in a teaching and not
allow ourselves to be mere followers of rules, but creative and unique manipulators of them.
If we do not do this, being a good person can become a lifeless enterprise devoid of
enthusiasm and genuine feeling for what we do, no matter how good it may appear to others.
There is no easy way to see how to truly benefit and serve others, to spot those hidden
opportunities that are not so obvious. The way hidden opportunities to serve are noticed is
through the cultivation of an intuition to recognize them and this can only come from deep
and devoted and disciplined inner practice in ones own personal life that is not on display. It
is easy to lend a helping hand when it is asked for, but to be there when needs are very real
but not so obvious, to recognize one's real calling to serve and be there when the unexpected
arises requires preparation for that which cannot be anticipated. So, we must work hard all
the time, to be there at the moment of need.
* * *
Two very different worlds. Leaving Hawaii a few days ago for Nepal on left; and flying into the Kathmandu Valley a
couple of days later, with the Himalaya reaching through the clouds. (May 23, 2013)