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Guest Post: Transformational Practice, by Thomas Hochmann

Today’s guest post is from Thomas Hochmann, a former English teacher and a student of Buddhism since 2002. Today, he will lead us through something called transformational practice. His blog can be found at http://www.hochmann.org and you can follow him on Twitter (@hochmann).

Transformational Practice, by Thomas Hochmann

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Book: Natural wakefulness Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With

Book: Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With
By Gaylon Ferguson
Shambhala Publications, 204 pages, to be released April 14, 2009
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1590306570/?tag=askdrarca-20

The beginning of this book explains that we are born “Awake” but quickly get mired down in the daily day-to-day work of living. This is just the way things work in the world. But, . . . → Read More: Book: Natural wakefulness Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With

Weekly Buddhism Issue 25

Issue #25 ($1.25)

Contents of This Issue:

Shin Buddhism by Jeff Wilson
Koan: No Water, No Moon
Koan: Bells and Robes
How Can I Desire Enlightenment?
Short Film: The Chicago Police and Buddhists
He Made Me So Angry

15 Pages. With reader comments on most articles. Buy it now for $1.25

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Podcast Episode 51: Anger and Desire

Podcast Episode 51: Anger and Desire

Announcements:

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Podcast Episode 50: The Chicago Police and Buddhism (Video)

It’s movie day again. This time I have found an internal training film from the Chicago Police Department. Part of a series created to inform police officers on the various cultural groups living in Chicago, this 9 minute video explains Buddhism to those who might not otherwise be familiar with the group.

There may or may not . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 50: The Chicago Police and Buddhism (Video)

How Can I Desire Enlightenment?

Question:

Isn’t trying to reach enlightenment a form of desire? Wouldn’t it therefore contradict the second Noble Truth, and trying to reach it bring suffering?

Answer:

Just to to refresh everyone’s memories, the second Noble Truth says that, “suffering is caused by attachment to desire.” It is also sometimes expanded to include irrational desire or grasping.

The problem isn’t exactly . . . → Read More: How Can I Desire Enlightenment?

Koan: No Water, No Moon

When the nun Chiyono studied Zen under Bukko of Engaku she was unable to attain the fruits of meditation for a long time.

At last one moonlit night she was carrying water in an old pail bound with bamboo. The bamboo broke and the bottom fell out of the pail, and at that moment Chiyono was set . . . → Read More: Koan: No Water, No Moon

Guest Post: Shin Buddhism, by Jeff Wilson

A couple of weeks ago, I put up a guest post discussing Nichiren Buddhism from the point of view of a practitioner of that sect. This week is a similar to that, but this time, our guest will discuss Shin Buddhism.If you would like to write a short essay or article explaining “your” version of Buddhism, . . . → Read More: Guest Post: Shin Buddhism, by Jeff Wilson

He Made Me So Angry That I…

Question:

My question has to do with anger in the Buddhist practice. One of the main reasons why I turned to Buddhism is to get better control of myself. I have been genetically cursed with a hot temper. I have been attempting to learn to control it all my life and I thought perhaps Buddhism may help . . . → Read More: He Made Me So Angry That I…

Weekly Buddhism Issue #24

Issue #24 ($1.25)

Contents of This Issue:

Hinduism & Buddhism
Book: The Way of Korean Zen
Koan: A Calling Card
Koan: Preaching from the Third Seat
Does Nirvana Mean Death for the Earth?
Compassion vs. Pity

12 Pages. With reader comments on most articles. Buy it now for $1.25

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