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Session Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: When we begin on the road of spiritual work, we're trying to deal with the usual problems of greed, hatred and ignorance. One of the things we discover is that meditation works and things do soften and become more spacious for us. We also discover that after a certain time all the ways in which we're actually meditating are out of greed, hatred and ignorance as well. We're meditating because we want something in some sort of materialistic way, or because we are ...

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Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The priest Hsiang-yen said, It is as though you were up in a tree, hanging from a branch with your teeth. Your hands and feet can't touch any branch. Someone appears beneath the tree and asked, What is the meaning of Bodhidharma's coming from the West?' If you do not answer, you evade your responsibility. If you do answer, you lose your life. What do you do?

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Session Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Usually, around this time of sesshin we become aware that we have bodies and the bodies start complaining somewhat. I thought I'd talk a little bit about ways of working with the body. It's easy to ignore when you are following a spiritual path, but it doesn't hurt to be a bit sophisticated about the way we do it. So when you have a lot of pain, there are a number of ways to deal with it. One way is to just sort of grit on through, and, you know, that works for ...

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Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: This is Case No. 11 from the Blue Cliff Record called Huang-po's Gobblers of Dregs. The Introduction is like this. The great capacity of Buddhas and ancestors is completely within this person's control. The lifeline of humans and gods is subject to this person's direction. With a casual word or phrase she astounds the crowd and stirs the masses. With one device, one object, she smashes chains and knocks off fetters. Meeting transcendental potential she brings up...

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Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: In the great work that we do what eventually appears is a great fire or light in us that we realize was always there and touches all things with its joy, but we always begin the work in darkness, I think. Buddha, I'm sure, was not the first to observe that there is something very unsatisfactory about life a lot of the time. He made it the first principle of his teaching saying that you cannot escape from suffering. But then he said, But there is an end to suffer...

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Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: I'd like to emphasize today the value of insight and different ways it emerges in Zen training. The koan tradition is a tradition of insight. I don't know about you, but that is what attracted me to the training in the first place. Handed down from the beginning there was this great way of seeing that frees us. Our lives are impermanent. Everything we hold onto is always being snatched away. You may notice that there is something you really want and you struggle...

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Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Today I shall talk on the ceremony of Jukai and the Way of the Boddhisattva. Please sit comfortably.

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Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: We do this because we want to be in harmony with the flow of things. We want to have no effort. And we do this because we realize that we struggle all the time and we are not in harmony with the flow of things, which is the first noble truth of Buddhism, that there is suffering in the world. And usually suffering comes upon us as a sense of being out of harmony, out of sync, with our circumstances. Wishing they were different. Out of sync with our own minds. Wis...

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Three Teachings

By: Venerable Tenzin Palmo

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: These three talks were delivered in Singapore during May 1999 at various Dharma centes.

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The First Teaching Retreat

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Basically, there are two essential qualities that we require in Buddhist practice. The first is that we be able to withdraw from society for a time, be it a few hours, a few days, a few months or a few years. The other requirement is being able to take whatever we have gained from our experience of isolation and bring it back to the world to our relationships and into our everyday life. Like breathing in and breathing out, we need both.

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The Second Teaching of Mahamudra Practice

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The subject we?re talking about this evening is something called Mahamudra, so I should explain first of all what this means for those of you who may not know.

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The Third Teaching of Mindfulness

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: There are many ways to help unravel the confusion of the mind. A basic quality which is extremely useful for us all to develop in this lifetime is what is traditionally called mindfulness. Normally, whenever we do something, we are thinking of many other things at the same time. I will give an example.

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Three Cardinal Discourses of the Buddha

By: Nanamoli Thera

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: A monk called Gotama, it seems, a son of the Sakyans, who went forth into homelessness from a Sakyan clan, has come... Now a good report of Master Gotama has been spread to this effect: That Blessed One is such since he is accomplished and fully

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Taking Refuge in the Triple Jewels

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Dear fellow practitioners, today we are going to conduct the Initiation Ceremony of the Triple Jewels, which are the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. I would like to clarify what taking refuge in the Triple Jewels means since there have been growing misunderstandings in modern times. In order to reap the true benefits, we must first settle these misunderstandings.

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The Ten Kasinas Are Simple Physical

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The ten objects of impurity are various sorts of corpses. Meditating on corpses is useful is reducing lust. This practice should only be followed under the guidance of a master. Below is a list of the asubhas and who will find them useful. Swollen Corpse: Those who lust after beauty of form. Discolored Corpse: Those who lust after beauty of the skin and complexion. Festering Corpse: Those who lust after a sweet-smelling body, using perfumes.

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The Four Frames of Reference

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The way of practice that follows the aims of the Buddha and the true Dhamma is to be truly intent on acting rightly. Every sort of duty that is ours to do should be done intently. When doing a task of any sort, even a small one, if we lack intentness, it won't get finished in a presentable way at all, because intentness -- which is a matter of mindfulness and principles in the heart that can bring a task to completion -- is lacking in ourselves and in our work. ...

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The Four Noble Truths

By: Venerable Ajahn Sumedho

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

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The Four Noble Truths

By: Venerable Ajahn Sumedho

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The Blessed One living at Kosambi a wood of sinsapa trees. He Picked up a few leaver in his hand,

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The Four Sublime States

By: Nyanaponika Thera

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The Lord Buddha singles out four mental qualities as important for cultivation. He describes them as noble, lofty, and sublime and strongly encourages their development. they can transform our lives and the world giving beauty, joy, and meaning.

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The Four Noble Truths

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Today I have been invited by the abbot to give you a teaching, so I ask you all to sit quietly and compose your minds. Due to the language barrier we must make use of a translator, so if you do not pay proper attention you may not understand.

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