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Podcast Episode 15: Koans & Precepts & Mandalas & More

Podcast 15 Now Online

Welcome back! I’m Brian your host and welcome to episode 15 of the Daily Buddhism. As always, past episodes and show notes are available at Be sure to sign up for the daily email list while you’re there, because not everything . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 15: Koans & Precepts & Mandalas & More


Announcements 8/25/08

1. For those of you who are enjoying the podcasts, I have a special new audiobook offer. The website and podcast are currently at around chapter fifty. For those of you who are impatient to finish, you’ll like this:

‚ÄúThe Tao- Remastered‚Äù This is a three CD set featuring the entire Tao . . . → Read More: Announcements



One of my favorite items in Buddhist art is the mandala. You’ve almost certainly seen them before. They’re multicolored designs that are generally circular in shape on the outside and squared in the interior, having many other geometrical patterns within (see pictures at ). According to Buddhists, a mandala represents the universe, and is a . . . → Read More: Mandalas

Koan: Obedience

Koan: ObedienceThe master Bankei’s talks were attended not only by Zen students but by persons of all ranks and sects. He never quoted sutras nor indulged in scholastic dissertations. Instead, his words were spoken directly from his heart to the hearts of his listeners.His large audience angered a priest of the Nichiren sect because the adherents . . . → Read More: Koan: Obedience

Gudo Revisited

Gudo Revisited

This is in reference to last week’s story about Mu-Nan and Gudo from ‚ÄúA Diamond In The Road‚Äù which can be found at


A Reader recently wrote:


Did Mu-nan leaving his family to become Gudo’s successor not also cause suffering to his wife and children?

Was the loss of his . . . → Read More: Gudo Revisited