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Koan: The Muddy Road

Koan: The Muddy Road

Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling.

Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.

“Come on, girl” said Tanzan at once. Lifting . . . → Read More: Koan: The Muddy Road

Taking Refuge in the 3 Jewels

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I’ve posed this question on another site.. wondered what your ‘take’ was.

Following a statement that a Buddhist is someone who takes refuge in the 3 jewels.

Question: What’s actually involved in ‘taking refuge in the 3 jewels’?

I understand its accepting/realising the way to overcome samsara is through the Buddha, dharma & sangha. The 3 . . . → Read More: Taking Refuge in the 3 Jewels

Podcast Episode 23: Buddhist Service and Karma Control

Podcast Episode 23: Buddhist Service and Karma Control

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number twenty-three. I’m Brian Schell, your host for the show. You can find the text for everything in this show and all past episodes on our website at www.dailybuddhism.com.

Many of this week’s . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 23: Buddhist Service and Karma Control

Dhammapada Chapter 7: The Venerable Arhat

Chapter VII
The Venerable Arhat.

90. There is no suffering for him who has finished his journey, and abandoned grief, who has freed himself on all sides, and thrown off all fetters.

91. They depart with their thoughts well-collected, they are not happy in their abode; like swans who have left their lake, they leave their house and home.

92. . . . → Read More: Dhammapada Chapter 7: The Venerable Arhat

Koan: A Buddha

A Buddha

In Tokyo in the Meiji era there lived two prominent teachers of opposite characteristics. One, Unsho, an instructor in Shingon, kept Buddha’s precepts scrupulously. He never drank intoxicants, nor did he eat after eleven o’clock in the morning. The other teacher, Tanzan, a professor of philosophy at the Imperial University, never . . . → Read More: Koan: A Buddha