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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 . . . → 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 . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 28: Special Edition- Guided Meditation