Category Archives: Buddhism

Mental Projections/Mind Aspect

We have to undersatnd that the Buddhisms like Jodo Shu, Jodo Shin Shu, and Nichinrin come out of Tendai, thusly, a Mahayana branch of Buddhism. The Mahāyāna tradition holds that pursuing only the release from suffering and attainment of Nirvāṇa … Continue reading

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Power Of Oneness

The concept of liberation (nirvāṇa)—the goal of the Buddhist path—is closely related to overcoming ignorance (avidyā), a fundamental misunderstanding or mis-perception of the nature of reality. In awakening to the true nature of the self and all phenomena one develops … Continue reading

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Gratitude

My Cat Erik died after 13 years. I received him as a six week old kitten and he died at thirteen years old. As A Buddhist I feel profound sadness about his departure, yet I feel incredible joy in having … Continue reading

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Pure Land Empowerment

Jōdo Shinshū expresses this devotion through a chanting practice called the nembutsu, or “Mindfulness of the Buddha [Amida]. The nembutsu is simply reciting the phrase Namu Amida Butsu(“I take refuge in Amida Buddha”). Jōdo Shinshū is not the first school of Buddhism to practice … Continue reading

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Reincarnation

Reincarnation is accepted amongst Buddhist and Westerner belief systems as an after life journey to be reborn in another body. This maybe the Hindu and New age concept, but not Buddhist. People often turn to religion for doctrines that provide … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Buddhism

Buddhism in Vietnam (called đạo Phật) as practiced by the Vietnamese is mainly of the Mahāyāna school. Buddhism came to Vietnam as early as the 2nd century CE through the North from Central Asia and via Southern routes from India. … Continue reading

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 Purification Of The Buddha Mind and Pure Land

 Purification of mind is understood in the Buddha’s teaching is the sustained endeavor to cleanse the mind of defilement, those dark unwholesome mental forces which run in the surface stream of consciousness active in our thinking, values, attitudes, and actions. The first among the defilement … Continue reading

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Facts and Principles

These three basic facts of all existence are: Impermanence or Change (anicca) Suffering (dukkha) Not-self or Insubstantiality (anattaa). The first and the third apply to the temporary and transient existence, while the second (suffering) is, of course, only an experience … Continue reading

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Compassionate Means

The Buddha taught that to realize enlightenment, a person must develop two qualities: wisdom and compassion. Wisdom and compassion are sometimes compared The Tao of Harmony when the Yin and Yang aspects are equal. The word usually translated as “compassion” … Continue reading

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Birthlessness

As I am about to obtain my second Dan Black Belt.  I think of the concept of Birthlessness. The cycle of birth and death in Buddhism is not s physical. How ever, in Martial arts as a paradigm, lets begin … Continue reading

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