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Koan: Shoun & His Mother

Koan: Shoun & His Mother

Shoun became a teacher of Soto Zen. When he was still a student his father passed away, leaving him to care for his old mother.

Whenever Shoun went to a meditation hall he always took his mother with him. Since she accompanied him, when he visited monasteries he could not live with the . . . → Read More: Koan: Shoun & His Mother

Podcast Episode 29: Fear, Footprints, Family & Fat

Podcast Episode 29: Fear, Footprints, Family & Fat

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number twenty-nine. 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.

This week we had a . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 29: Fear, Footprints, Family & Fat

Fat Buddha, Skinny Buddha, Laughing Buddha

Fat Buddha, Skinny Buddha, Laughing Buddha

Budai / Hotei

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A Listener Phoned In
(to 937-660-4949 where you can call in your questions too!)
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What’s the deal with the big fat Buddha statues? He’s got fancy robes and stuff all around him and looks very greedy. What’s up with that?

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And my response:
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Whenever you mention Buddha to a non-Buddhist american (maybe . . . → Read More: Fat Buddha, Skinny Buddha, Laughing Buddha

Prayer in Buddhism

Prayer in Buddhism

You may have noticed by now, that I tend to avoid writing on some of the more “religious” topics of Buddhism. Instead, I have focused more on the easily experienced and obviously practical truths in Buddhist practice. Not this time, since I recently came across something that I really wanted to share.

Yesterday, I . . . → Read More: Prayer in Buddhism

Podcast Episode 28: Special Edition- Guided Meditation

Guided Breath Meditation

Here’s something I have been meaning to put together for weeks, but finally actually did it today. It’s a guided breath meditation session, and it’ll take roughly 16 minutes to do.

It’s the first time I’ve tried doing this kind of recording, so your comments, criticisms and . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 28: Special Edition- Guided Meditation

Book: Footprints in the Snow, by Chan Master Sheng Yen

Book: Footprints in the Snow
By Chan Master Sheng Yen
Reviewed by Brian Schell
Doubleday, 210 Pages, ISBN 978-0-385-51330-2
Buy from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0385513305/?tag=askdrarca-20

Have you ever dreamed about becoming a Buddhist monk? I have. I’ve visited some of those temples, and can imagine living there, doing the daily work, chanting, meditation, and so forth. After reading this book, . . . → Read More: Book: Footprints in the Snow, by Chan Master Sheng Yen

Fear

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A Reader recently wrote:
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What is the buddhist way to overcome fear and anxiety in life? I understand it is by controlling the mind: but the question is what are some of the key techniques used to tame the mind in a more positive way?

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My Response:
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Meditation will generally lead to a calmer, more thoughtful approach to most . . . → Read More: Fear

Weekly Buddhism Issue 3

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Contents of this free issue of the Weekly Buddhism:

Weekly Buddhism Rates Determined
DVD Review: Zen Noir
Joshu’s Dog: A Koan Explained (about Mu)
Buddhist Mala / Rosary Beads
Buddhist Temple Built From Old Bottles
Book Review: The Saint of Kathmandu and
Other Tales of the Sacred in Distant
Lands, by Sarah Levine
Jataka Tale #2, How The Turtle Saved His Own Life
Buddha’s Ghostwriter and . . . → Read More: Weekly Buddhism Issue 3

Our Buddhist President: Politics and Religion

Our Buddhist President: Politics and Religion

There’s no lesson today; I want YOU to teach ME about something I genuinely don’t follow much.

We’re less than two weeks away from the American Presidential election, and the polls seem to show the two candidates extremely close. For every poll that shows one candidate ahead, another shows the other guy . . . → Read More: Our Buddhist President: Politics and Religion

Podcast Episode 27: Reviews, Rosaries, Hindus, and Politics

Podcast Episode 27: Reviews, Rosaries, Hindus, and Politics

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number twenty-seven. 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.

This week we got into . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 27: Reviews, Rosaries, Hindus, and Politics