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Zen Koan Case of Pa Lings Snow

Case: A monk asked Pa Ling, “What is the school of Kanadeva?” Pa Ling said, “Piling up snow in a silver bowl.” Pointer: Some called the Buddha “Tathagata.” This is …

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The Basics of Buddhism

Buddhism is a philosophy, a way of life, a religion to some but to others mainly a system of ethics. The more than 300 million Buddhists in the world follow …

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Zen Koan Wash your Bowl

Case: A new monk at the monastery asked Joshu Roshi, “What is the secret of Zen?” Joshu answered, “Have you eaten breakfast?” “Yes,” the new monk said. Joshu answered, “Wash …

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Buddhism and Morality

As with other major religions, Buddhism has an established moral code, or system of ethical dos and don’ts. For laypeople (Buddhists who are not monks or nuns) this is encapsulated …

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Breathing in Everyday Life

1. Breathing. Practicing Buddhism in everyday life is very specific. Words are necessary to give suggestions for practice in everyday life. The fewer, the simpler, and the more specific they …

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What the Buddha Really Meant

When I was first exposed to the teachings of the Buddha, I was overwhelmingly disappointed and confused. This was largely because what the Buddha supposedly said did not make any …

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Yin and Yang

The Delicate Balance of Yin and Yang Has Been Broken The Yin and yang could be a very difficult concept to understand to us because western philosophy is based on …

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Zen Koan One Hand Clapping

An adept asks his Roshi, “What is the secret of Zen?” Roshi quickly replies, “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” The adept takes his leave considering the case …

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The Buddhist Concept of Friendship

“Metta”, translated as “loving-kindness” or “wishing happiness for others”, is the Buddhist concept of good friendship. The term implies expectations and individual responsibility, in line with the essence of the …

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Believing in Karma

It seems for as long as I can remember, I have never had any trouble getting a parking space wherever I go. In fact, as an adult, it became a …

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Staying in the Moment

Staying in the moment is important for ‘peace of mind.’ I’ll explain by way of an example. My cousin’s wife suffers from paranoia: she’s always thinking that her husband is …

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