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    Green Koan Case 54: Nichiren’s One-Eyed Turtle Paid Member

    CASE #54:    Nichiren’s One-Eyed Turtle Nichiren Daishonin wrote: “This is as rare as the one-eyed turtle finding a suitable hollow in a floating sandalwood log, or a thread lowered from the heavens passing through the eye of a needle on earth. How wondrous!” BACKGROUND:Nichiren Daishonin     Nichiren (1222 – 1282) is the founder of the sect of Japanese Buddhism that bears his name. Nichiren Buddhists believe it is possible to attain Buddhahood in this lifetime by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo (the title of the Lotus Sutra) with an attitude of intense devotion and faith. Daishonin is an honorific, meaning “Great Saint” or “Great Sage.” More »
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    The Eight Worldly Concerns Week 4: Pleasure and Pain (transcript) Paid Member

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    The Eight Worldly Concerns Week 4: Pleasure and Pain (transcript) Paid Member

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    Green Koan Case 53: Shakyamuni’s World on Fire Paid Member

    CASE #53:    Shakyamuni’s World on FireShayamuni Buddha taught: “The world is always burning, burning with the fires of greed, anger and foolishness; one should flee from such dangers as soon as possible.”BACKGROUND:The world is always burning     The passage, which appears in the book The Teachings of Buddha, translated into many languages and distributed free of charge around the world by Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai (The Society for Buddhist Understanding), is an amalgam of statements made by Shakyamuni in diverse sutras. More »
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    The Eight Worldly Concerns Week 3: Praise and Blame, Good/Bad Reputation (Transcript) Paid Member

    The Eight Worldly Concerns Week 3: Praise and Blame, Good/Bad ReputationOften how we act is in order to receive approval from people. When we're small children, often when we receive approval from our parents, and from our teachers, and then, gradually, from society in general, and our friends, and our employers. As we grow older, normally, we try--even if we are rebelling, say, a teenager against a family--it's so we will get the approval of our contemporaries. We always want somebody to approve. You know, very few people really wish to be totally estranged from the human race. Even if we consider ourselves revolutionaries, in rebellion against the established order, we nonetheless conform to whichever group we have affiliated ourselves with.  More »
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    The Eight Worldly Concerns Week 2: Gain And Loss (Transcript) Paid Member

    Eight Worldly Concerns – Jetsunma Tenzin PalmoWeek 2 – Gain and Loss More »