Category Archives: Buddhism

Never to bloom again. 9/11

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seeds of violence
take root on arid soil-
ground zero

Compassion must replace anger so that the seeds of violence never bear fruit again.

After the storm

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after the storm
clouds dissolve into sky-
placid mind

While reading “How to be compassionate” by the Dalai Lama this came to me.

Anger will subside like a storm. Do not let a little storm grow into a hurricane or tornado. When you get upset practice stepping outside your mind and think about why you are angry. Then take a breath and let the storm subside.

Eternal dharma

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wind blowing
through the trees-
eternal dharma

It is said that the teachings of Buddha can be heard in a pebble, river, clouds… all around if one only listens close enough.

Hatsubon visitor

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spider crawls
along hatsubon offering-
grandma?

Search for truth

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a blind man moves
slowly among the thorns-
media rumor mill

Today as I was meditating I thought about the following quote and how it applies to modern life. There have been many times I have read, seen or been told things that were true or from a credible source only to find out that certain details were omitted, added or embellished to create the version of truth to fit the needs of the group trying to persuade or influence me.

I suggest that when one interacts with the media including the Internet that keep the quote in mind and look for the truth behind the illusion.

“Don’t blindly believe what I say. Don’t believe me because others convince you of my words. Don’t believe anything you see, read, or hear from others, whether of authority, religious teachers or texts. Don’t rely on logic alone, nor speculation. Don’t infer or be deceived by appearances.”

“Do not give up your authority and follow blindly the will of others. This way will lead to only delusion.”

“Find out for yourself what is truth, what is real. Discover that there are virtuous things and there are non-virtuous things. Once you have discovered for yourself give up the bad and embrace the good.”

– The Buddha

T.V. Broadcast about the Buddhist Temple of Chicago

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Dear Friends I hope that you will take a few moments and watch the video to learn more about the Buddhist Temple of Chicago. If you are in the area please stop in.

Dharma talk

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Excellent dharma talk. I highly recommend it.

Buddhism now

Shaolin Monastery in China is generally regarded to be the home of Chan [Ch’an/Zen] Buddhism. As a monk there, I heard some time ago that there was a great interest in Chan now in the West. For this reason I have come here, hoping to make contact with those interested in the teaching.

I would like to predominantly talk about Bodhidharma and his instructions with regard to Chan meditation. Bodhidharma was the twenty-eighth successor to Shakyamuni Buddha. He came to China from India in approximately AD 520. Shortly after his arrival, he discovered that the Chinese had no understanding of Buddhism and could not absorb its principles. He then began to meditate in a cave at the back of the Shaolin Monastery. He was there for nine years.

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