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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 topics . . . → 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

Buddhist Service Obligations?

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A Reader recently called in and asked:
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Mike called in on the voicemail line and asked essentially, ‚ÄúChristians have a heavy obligation to help others; it’s a big part of the Christian faith. I was in Thailand, and I got the impression that the monks there were‚Ķ selfish. I wouldn’t mind sitting around all day in . . . → Read More: Buddhist Service Obligations?

Tao Announcement

Tao Rebooted
For those of you who get the Tao of the Day emails, and especially
those of you who don’t, the www.taooftheday.com website is restarting
with a new translation as of today. We just finished the James Legge
translation, and today we begin one by Tao Huang. It’s far less
poetic, but also vastly easier to follow. I think . . . → Read More: Tao Announcement

Book: Buddhist Scriptures, by Edward Conze, Ed.

Book: Buddhist Scriptures, by Edward Conze, Ed.
ISBN: 014044758X
Amazon: http://www.dailybuddhism.com/BuddhistScriptures

It’s important to read modern Buddhist thought, such as books by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. However, in order to fully appreciate what those men are saying, its crucial to have at a good foundation in ‚Äúclassical‚Äù Buddhism. This book will help with that foundation.

This book, . . . → Read More: Book: Buddhist Scriptures, by Edward Conze, Ed.

Controlling Karma

Can you (or should you) Control your own Karma?

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I am thinking about your discussions about Karma. I would like to contribute my thoughts.

The idea of karma, in my life, serves a profound function. My interpretation of it is simple, I see it as simply cause and effect. I do not ask whether or . . . → Read More: Controlling Karma

Podcast Episode 22: Zen in the Dark, Hurricane Edition

Podcast Episode 22: Zen in the Dark, Hurricane Edition

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number twenty-two. 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 . If . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 22: Zen in the Dark, Hurricane Edition