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    By Love Alone Paid Member

    Beloved Cambodian Buddhist teacher Maha Ghosananda [1929–2007], Supreme Buddhist Patriarch of Cambodia, passed away on March 12 in Northampton, Massachusetts. In the late 1970s he ministered to refugees fleeing the genocidal Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge regime. He became a prominent peace activist on the world stage, and was a revered meditation teacher. More »
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    JACK KORNFIELD, a gentle, loving teacher of Buddhism, tells a story of going with Maha Gosananda, a respected Cambodian monk, into the refugee camps... More »
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    In the Outer Diamond Mountains I could not write a poem Paid Member

    In a remote mountain valleya startled pheasant flies off squawkingHey!You think you alone are startled?I was startled too * In the Outer Diamond Mountains I could not write a poemIn the Inner Diamond Mountains I could not write a poemMy empty body was full of truth * To a poor fellow who hasno stone-hard horseno cast-iron cownot even a black pigwhat point would there be in talking about Buddha?         From Flowers of a Moment (c) 2006 by Ko Un, translated by Brother Anthony, Young-moo Kim, and Gary Gach. Reprinted with permission of BOA Editions More »
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    May I become an Island Paid Member

    To the Buddhas residing in all directionsWith my palms pressed together I make this requestPlease continue to shine the lamp of DharmaFor living beings lost and suffering in the darkness of ignorance. May I become an island for those seeking dry landA lamp for those needing light,A place of rest for those who desire one,And a servant for those needing service. More »
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    Parting Words Paid Member

    Thus have I Heard: When the time had come for Gampopa to part from his teacher Milarepa, Milarepa placed the soles of his feet on the top of Gampopa’s head, symbolizing that their work together was done. As Gampopa was about to depart, however, Milarepa added, “There is one particularly profound teaching I have yet to impart to anyone, but it is too precious to give away just like that, so you may go.” After this, the two embraced and Gampopa went on his way.More »
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    Black Teapot Paid Member

    When I say “the black teapot” I’m surprised that everyone knows what I’m talking about. So little of it is black. And yet you and I know which teapot I mean. We’ve agreed to call this thing a black teapot. If you ask me to get the black teapot from the kitchen, chances are I won’t come back empty-handed saying that there was a black teapot until I turned the light on and then it went away. If I were clever I’d turn the light off and grab it while it was still black. But halfway down the hall to your room I’d pass a light and it would no longer be black. Yet being persistent I’d put it into a pillowcase and if it stayed there it stayed black. More »