Category Archives: Buddhism

Enlightenment

I knew a guy on Philly named Tim. He thought he was a Buddha and boasted about his enlightenment. The minister, who became a real dilettante, agreed with him. Tim was a rude and arrogant disruptive influence in the temple. … Continue reading

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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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