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    Mind On-Line: Emotional Bandwidth Paid Member

    A first-rate demonstration of the World Wide Web - which shows instantaneous global access to information about any conceivable subject - presents a dizzying realm of connective possibility. For some, the Net embodies a way to physically wire together human consciousness into All-Embracing Mind, the culmination of human evolution elaborated by the French Jesuit and mystic Teilhard de Chardin in“The Phenomenon of Man.”Yet actual experience quickly dashes the promise of reaching Teilhard’s Omega Point of converging consciousness. The… More »
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    What Does Being A Buddhist Mean To You? Paid Member

    Re: Cloning Ravi Ravindra, Professor of Comparative Religion and Physics at Dalhousie University Halifax, Canada In a certain way, psychologically and socially, we humans clone ourselves. Look at teenagers, they all wish to be the same way, to imitate each other. That to me is a more serious issue - how our propaganda, our social-psychological manipulation through the media, actually makes people behave as if they were clones. … More »
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    what does being a buddhist mean to you? Paid Member

    Reverend Gen Oikawa Reverend of the Nichiren Buddhist Temple of San Jose San Jose, California The altar at home, the“gohonzon,”is a branch of the temple. The people can practice even when they don't go to the temple. They can still have a sacred time any time and any day. As a minister of the temple, I can pray at the temple during the day. I sit at my“gohonzon”in my house in the mornings and…Reverend Gen Oikawa Reverend of the Nichiren Buddhist Temple of San Jose   San Jose, California   More »
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    On translation: Nirvana Paid Member

    We all know what happens when a fire goes out. The flames die down and the fire is gone for good. So when we first learn that the name for the goal of Buddhist practice, nibbana (nirvana), literally means the extinguishing of a fire, it’s hard to imagine a deadlier image for a spiritual goal: utter annihilation. It turns out though that this reading of the concept is a mistake in translation, not so much of a word as an image. What did an extinguished fire represent to the Indians of the Buddha’s day? Anything but annihilation. More »
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    ON THE CUSHION: The Myth of the Experienced Meditator Paid Member

    After thirty years of practice, one meditator finds it’s gotten him nowhere. That’s just fine with him. More »
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    Life of the Buddha: The Buddha-charita Part 2 Paid Member

    This installment is the second in a series of excerpts from“The Buddha-charita or Life of Buddha,”the first complete biography of Shakyamuni Buddha, written by the poet Ashvaghosha, probably in the first century C.E. The“Buddha-charita”is made up of twenty-eight songs recounting events in the Buddha’s life up to the time of his great awakening. The previous installment described Shakyamuni’s family and the events that surrounded his birth. In this episode we hear… More »