Virtual Zen: Dropping Here and There

sThe Buddhist Geeks interview Jundo Cohen, head of the virtual zendo Treeleaf Zendo. Jundo discusses running an almost-all-virtual zendo.

From the Buddhist Geeks

"We are all the same human being"

The Dalai Lama from the Ashoka online course Ethics of Altruism

Three questions

Buddhist practice comes down to the three points, Ken McLeod writes.

s* Willlingness: do you want to?
* Know-how: do you know what to do?
* Capacity: do you have the resources?

And many of the difficulties and imbalances experienced in practice are due to not understanding which of these three points needs attention. s

From Threads,the newsletter of Unfettered Mind

sTo get to the bottom of truth, Ayya Kema taught, one has to get to the bottom of oneself, and that is not an easy thing to do, aggravated by the problem of not loving oneself. It naturally follows that if one wants to learn to love oneself, there must be hate present, and we are caught in the world of duality. kema
From Difficulties to Freedom

Ajahn Amaro examines the mind that finds fault with things and he outlines the practice that leads to freedom.


From Dharma Seed's DharmaStream

The Dhammapada
Regarded as the most succinct expression of the Buddha's teaching, the Dhammapada presents the Buddha's realistic understanding of human life, aphoristic wisdom and stirring message of a way to freedom from suffering.
Below the Mist
Ajahn Brahm presents a down-to-earth perspective on enlightenment. It is not found in the high-mountain mists of intellectual delusion, but in simplicity, loving kindness and non clinging.

From the Buddhist Society of Western Australia

The Oxherding Pictures
An early teaching in the Chan/Zen tradition. Oxherding was and is a useful metaphor for training the mind. The ox is our mind; it must be trained not to wander off into distracting, discursive thoughts. It must be trained to align with the Dharma and so become pure. There are many versions of the oxherding pictures. Here, transcribed by Nyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps, is Kakuan's Ten Bulls.
Faith in Mind
Master Sheng Yen offers a guide to practice based on Sengcan's poem Faith in Mind. He uses the poem as a taking-off point to inspire the practitioner and deal with certain issues that arise during the course of practice.
"The phrase 'faith in mind' contains the two meanings of 'believing in' and 'realizing' the mind. Faith in mind is the belief that we have a fundamental unmoving, unchanging mind. This mind is precisely Buddha mind."
Never Born, Never Ceasing
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991) comments on Kamalasila's verses on the limitless nature of mind.
On Meditation
Ajahn Chah introduces a meditation retreat. "Although there may appear to be many ways to practice really there is only one. As with fruit trees, it is possible to get fruit quickly by planting a cutting, but the tree would not be resilient or long lasting. Another way is to cultivate a tree right from the seed, which produces a strong and resilient tree. Practice is the same."

Rev Heng Sure on compassion.



From the Audio Dharma


If I'm Lucky They Call Me Unorthodox

An interview with Vajra Master/filmmaker Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche about what it's like for a traditional Buddhist teacher to also live the life of a filmmaker.

From the Shambhala Sun

On Anger

sIn classical Buddhist discussions anger is viewed negatively. But anger can also show us something crucial about our emotional life that we may need to know in order to be healthy. Anger is an indicator: something needs attention, something needs investigation. Drawing partly on the writing of Thich Nhat Hanh, Zoketsu Norman Fischer discusses how to work with anger, to find the Buddha at the root of anger.

On Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone
"Living alone," Thich Nhat Hanh teaches, means living to have sovereignty of yourself, to have freedom, not to be dragged away by the past, not to be in fear of the future, not being pulled around by the circumstances of the present.

Realism and doubt

dBob Thurman explains how Buddhism is more akin to realism than a religion; and how doubting everything is the key to understanding.

From the Bob Thurman Podcasts

A Remedy for Despair

Most of us live in the cramped cold cages of our private projects, frantically struggling to stake out our own little comfortable place in the sun. Driven in circles by anxious yearnings and beckoning desires, we rarely ever glance aside to see how our neighbor is faring, and when we do it is usually only to assure ourselves that he is not trying to encroach upon our own domain or to find some means by which we might extend our dominion over his.

Occasionally, however,Bhikkhu Bodhi writes, it somehow happens that we manage to detach ourselves from our obsessive pursuits long enough to arrive at a wider clearing. d

Warmhearted Practice
"If you don't have some actual feeling of practice," Suzuki Roshi taught, "that is not practice. Even though you sit in the right posture, follow your breath, and follow all the instructions that are given to you, this still may be empty zen. This is because even though you are following the instructions, you are not kind enough to yourself."
Buddhist Concept of Happiness
The Buddha enumerates contrasting types of mental happiness, Bhante Gunaratana teaches. There are numerous ways of bringing happiness. Generally, people misconstrue the source of happiness.  
Buddhism in Modern Life
Ananda Guruge addresses the question of the role of Buddhism in modern life. What is modern life? What is Buddhism? And what role has Buddhism to play in modem life?

Understanding Buddhist Art
sTake a multimedia tour of the Buddhist art of southeast Asia in Vision of Enlightenment: Understanding the Art of Buddhism. [Created by Pacific Asia Museum] s
Is Tibetan Buddhism Working In the West?
Is Tibetan Buddhism Working in the West? It is important to remember that it took many decades and generations of courage and devotion to firmly establish Buddhism among Tibetans. Why should we expect that it would be any different in the West?
Great Faith, Great Courage, Great Questioning
Seon (Korean Zen) talks about cultivating three great attitudes—great faith, great courage and great questioning. Martine Batchelor shows us that it is here that we find a continuation of the Buddha’s teaching about care, energy and protection.

Lojong - Mind Training
sMind Training is a practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on a set of proverbs formulated in Tibet in the 12th century by Chekawa. Through the practice we undertake to connect with our world in an unconditionally positive way, and also to take full responsibility for our experience of it. This web site presents seven translations of the lojong slogans by Jamgon Kongtrul, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Trungpa Rinpoche and others. s

Below the Mist
sAjahn Brahm presents a down-to-earth perspective on enlightenment. It is not found in the high-mountain mists of intellectual delusion, but in simplicity, loving kindness and non clinging.

From the Buddhist Society of Western Australia