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    Train Your Mind: All dharma agrees at one point Paid Member

    19. All dharma agrees at one point. More »
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    Green Koans Case 10: Jōshū's Oak Tree Paid Member

    Tree Temple (still from Hayao Miyazaki’s1988 animated film My Neighbor Totoro) Jōshū (Ch. Zhàozhōu) lived from 778 to 897 C.E. and is often said to be the greatest Ch’an master of the Tang Dynasty. Over 10% of the cases in the classic koan collections Blue Cliff Record and Gateless Gate concern him, the most famous being: A monk asked Jōshū, “Does a dog have buddha nature?”Jōshū answered, “Mu” (literally, “nothingness”). More »
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    Train Your Mind: The Ejection of Consciousness Paid Member

    18. The mahayana instruction for ejection of consciousness at death Is the five strengths: how you conduct yourself is important. The previous slogan was about how to live, and this slogan is about how to die. It may seem that living and dying are two very different things, but they are completely interconnected. We learn how to live by learning how to die and we learn how to die by learning how to live. Each informs the other. More »
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    Green Koans Case 9: General Stone Tiger Paid Member

    BACKGROUND:Nichiren (1222 – 1282) is the founder of the sect of Japanese Buddhism that bears his name. A firm believer in the unity of faith and social action, he challenged the political and religious order of his day. One of the great prose stylists of Kamakura era, his letters are filled with references to Chinese history and legend and demonstrate an encyclopedic knowledge of Buddhist scripture. 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. More »