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Nagarjuna.pdf
Nagarjuna.pdfNāgārjuna and the Philosophy of Upāya1523 viewsThe purpose of this article is to offer a different account of Nagarjuna than is found in contemporary Western scholarship. It will not ask what it means for causality, truth, the self, or consciousness to be "empty" in a very general sense, but rather how Nāgārjuna's philosophy relates to the soteriological practices of Buddhism and what it means for those practices to be "empty" of inherent nature. Rather than describing Nāgārjuna as a metaphysician this study will situate him squarely within the early Mahayana tradition and the philosophical problem of practice that is expressed through the doctrine of “skill-in-means” (upāya-kausalya).
pureland.pdf
pureland.pdfPure Land Buddhism2337 viewsThis book presents the teachings and major tenets of the Pure Land school of Buddhism,as seen from the perspective of two major sister schools: Zen and Taien Taai (Lotus School). Further insights,from the viewpoint of a contemporary Pure Land Master are included in the Appendix. The principal teachings of the Pure Land School are summarized for the benefit of readers.
Shobogenzo.pdf
Shobogenzo.pdfThe Shobogenzo — Zen Master Eihei Dogen2076 viewsA new translation of a Zen classic... The Shobogenzo is the recognized spiritual masterpiece by the thirteenth century Japanese Soto Zen Master Eihei Dogen. It is comprised of discourses that he gave to his disciples, in person or in writing, at various times between 1231 and his death twenty-two years later at age fifty-three. These discourses cover a wide range of topics pertinent to those in monastic life though often also relevant to those training in lay life. He discusses matters of daily behavior and religious ceremonial as well as issues involving the Master-disciple relationship. He also explores the deeper meaning that informs the so-called Zen koan stories, which often puzzle readers by their seeming illogicality and contrary nature.
virtue.pdf
virtue.pdfVirtue and Reality1947 viewsThe teachings of the Buddha can be divided into two categories - extensive method and profound wisdom. In this series of talks, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), offers a practical explanation of these two paths. As presented here, method is the loving, compassionate Bodhicitta and wisdom is the realisation of ultimate reality, the right view of emptiness. Through practicing method, we attain the holy body of a Buddha; through developing wisdom we attain the enlightened mind. Recognizing the workaday world reality in which most of his students live, Rinpoche shows us how to think and act so that every moment of our lives will be of maximum benefit to both others and ourselves.
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