Click here to read about the Buddhist Virtue of Wisdom
Continue reading “Dharma Discussion: Wisdom/Prajñā (August 23, 2020)”
- What is a difficult situation that Buddhist wisdom has enabled you to accept with peace of mind?
- What is a difficult situation that Buddhist wisdom has given you to courage to work to change?
Click here to read about the Buddhist Virtue of Concentration
Continue reading “Dharma Discussion: Concentration/Dhyāna (August 16, 2020)”
- Have you ever experience a state of deep concentration that enabled to you do an activity skillfully and without distraction, sometimes described as a “flow state” or being “in the zone”? What gave rise to that state of mind? Were you able to replicate it on more than one occasion?
- Has Buddhist practice in general, and the Nembutsu specifically, helped you to cultivate a concentrated mind at times?
- What the greatest obstacles you face in maintain mental concentration?
The Six Paramitas describe the characteristics of a well-lived Buddhist life, and endeavoring to practice them in everyday situations is a lifelong journey. Continue reading “Six Paramitas”
Click here to read about the Buddhist Virtue of Diligence
Continue reading “Dharma Discussion: Diligence/Vīrya (August 2, 2020)”
- What motivates you to study the Buddha’s teachings?
- How have the goals that you are working to achieve in your life shifted as a result of hearing the Dharma and the Nembutsu?
- How has your way of working changed as a result of your encounter with the Nembutsu?
Click here to read about the Buddhist Virtue of Patience
How is patience defined in Mahayana Buddhism?
(1) not giving rise to anger or annoyance—not getting angry in the first place
(2) not clinging to hatred and grudges—if you get angry, not holding onto it
(3) not harboring ill will Continue reading “Dharma Discussion: Kṣānti (July 26, 2020)”
Please review the Bodhisattva Precepts
- How do you practice these precepts in your daily life?
- Is there meaning in doing one’s best, even though one is not able to practice these perfectly in daily life?
- Which of these do you think our world needs most at the present moment?
Honen’s Perspective on upholding precepts (from The Passages on the the Selection of the Nembutsu in the Original Vow)
If the original vow required us to make images of the Buddha and to build stupas, the poor and destitute would surely have no hope of birth, but the fact is that the rich and highborn are few, while the poor and lowborn are exceedingly many. Continue reading “Dharma Discussion: Śīla (July 19, 2020)”
In Mahayana Buddhism, the following Bodhisattiva Precepts are commonly taken by both lay and monastic practicers to affirm their commitment to the ideals of Mahayana Buddhism:
The Three Treasures
- Taking refuge in the Buddha
- Taking refuge in the Dharma
- Taking refuge in the Sangha
The Three Pure Precepts
- Do not create Evil
- Practice Good
- Actualize Good For Others
Ten Grave Precepts
- not killing
- not stealing
- no debauchery
- not lying
- no trafficking in intoxicants
- not talking of the faults of other members of the sangha
- not praising oneself and belittling others
- not bringing harm through stinginess
- not letting one’s anger lead to resentment
- not denigrating the Three Treasures