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THE HEART SUTRAAvalokitesvara, Bodhisattva of compassion, observing deeply the refinement of wisdom, Prajnaparamita, clearly saw the emptiness of personality, thus enduring adversity and pain. O, Saripurtra, form is no other than emptiness, emptiness no other than form; form is exactly emptiness, emptiness exactly form, the same is true of feeling, perception, mental formations and consciousness.
And so the Bodhisattva relies on the Prajnaparamita with no hindrance in the mind, no hindrance, therefore no fear, far beyond deluded thoughts, this is Nirvana. All past, present, and future Buddhas rely on the refinement of wisdom and thus attain the cultivated enlightenment.
Therefore, know that the Prajnaparamita is the interdependent mantra, the interconnected mantra, the mantra of world making the mantra which relieves all suffering.
VenerableWayne SlackerWayne Ren-Cheng's teaching avatar at the Buddha Center in the virtual world of Second Life. I practice the serenity to accept things that happen, the courage to make positive changes, and the wisdom to view experiences through a positive lens.
The words: practice, accept, courage, changes, wisdom, view, positive, moment-to-moment, possibilities, opportunity, learn, impermanent world, trusting, ability, intentional, choice, promote, and alleviation are all needed to alter worldview from one trapped by RULES, to one free to make positive choices by combining the intent of the RULES with the reality of each situation.
A bodhisattva-in-training practices generosity of spirit offering their skills, material goods and time to whomever needs them, whenever the need arises. Wisdom arises gradually as a practitioner learns through experience how their actions impact others, and themselves. There are traditional parables and tales that reveal the lengths a bodhisattva-in-training is expected to go to in the practice of generosity. Giving your life, not so another can live, but so another can enjoy a meal seems contradictory to a practice of the Middle Path.
The reality of ignorance is revealed in the suffering, discontent and anguish that arise from it.
Deluded Knowing is what one thinks they know, knowledge that is based on a misunderstanding of reality.
False Knowing appears when 'facts' are made up or facts are manipulated in order to get a particular result.
The ideal that defeats ignorance is found in one of the ten precept vows taken in Pragmatic Buddhism, and that is a critical part of Engaged Dharma monastic and lay practice. It becomes improbable after years of studying and practicing Buddhism that dharma lessons won't seem to arise in the strangest ways.
For example, the mindfulness and awareness that develops transforms the very act of reading. There is a line in the book, 'The Moor's Account: A Novel' by Laila Lalami, that reveals the ideal of appropriate speech meeting the reality of a man's commitment not only to his Islamic faith, but to an ideal of how people of any faith should speak.


In this contemporary culture and time this application of speech is common all across the spectrum of human beings. There is a saying, “The truth hurts.” This is so in some instances, but in some it just hurts the speaker's ego to speak the truth. The Sangha & supporters of Mid-America Buddhist Association in Augusta, Missouri were Santikaro Bhikkhu's gracious hosts in 2002. Jesus: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. Buddha: Riches make most people greedy, and so are like caravans lurching down the road to perdition. Buddha: Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of her own life, even so, cultivate a boundless heart toward all beings. How do we, as western students of Buddhism, blend the cultural and religious traditions around us into our own practice? I think this is a really important topic, especially for those of us who have come to Buddhism later in life in America. I grew up as a fairly devout Christian of the Episcopalian brand, and slowly, over the last 15 years have drifted away from that. It feels sad, like remembering an x-husband, but I know I can't go back there, and I don't let it hook me much anymore. I have enjoyed and felt relieved to find so many parallels of the core wisdom of Christianity & Buddhism.
I will be interested to see how the path will become even more Americanized in years to come.
Oh how closely this article struck home as I sit at the Memphis airport flying home from seeing my family in my hometown of Tulsa, Ok. This retreat will take place at Lu Mountain Temple in Rosemead, and is offered on a donation basis.The daily schedule includes fourteen one-hour periods of sitting meditation, which alternate with 20 minute walking periods. The character, Mustafa ibn Muhammad ibn Abdussalam al-Zamori, a slave to a Spanish nobleman listens to the speech of a priest and comes to the realization that the man “ .
We must be mindful of our own propensity to engage in this, and be aware that it is commonly used to convince others of the value of a product or the righteousness of a religion or cause. The same is true for listening, an equally important aspect of appropriate speech, when one listens only for what they want to hear ignoring the truth of what is really being said. Sociologically, Buddhism has this amazing history of mixing and mingling with other traditions, philosophies, and religions in really fascinating ways. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.
Any possession that increases the sin of selfishness or does nothing to confirm one’s wish to renounce what one has is nothing but a drawback in disguise. Dripping water can fill a pitcher, drop by drop; one who is wise is filled with good, even if one accumulates it little by little.


I have also appreciated the wisdom of Trungpa Rinpoche, whose lineage I belong to, for trying to Americanize Buddhism the way he did.
The practice of generosity hastens the arising of other positive dispositions such as selflessness, humility, loving-kindness and wisdom.
He was said to be a wise and learned rabbit whose friends looked to him for teaching and advice.
The reality is that anyone, Buddhist practitioner or other belief, who doesn't take care of their needs . Learning is what transforms the emptiness of ignorance into the form of knowledge, knowledge that then transforms into wisdom through further practice. Whether one speaks to create truth, or listens to create truth it results in the dangers of delusion. A lot has been written about this in general, but more specifically there is a great deal of literature and thought regarding Christianity and Buddhism meeting in the West.
It's a beautiful book in many ways, and I imagine no day is better than today to reflect on some of its passages. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. How do we negotiate our practice, and understanding of the world with that of the larger Judeo-Christian culture around us?
I started meditating about 5 years ago, but didn't get serious about it until a little over a year ago. However, the retreat is open to part time participation: come for a single sit, the evening Dharma talk, half a day, a week, or the whole month. The rabbit realized that on a Holy Day when all are expected to give freely to strangers that all he had to contribute was grass.
While their beautiful property may not be the home of Liberation Park, it is a good example of what is possible in the Midwest. I could never follow the Dharma the way Tibetans do, because they are so completely different from me. Feeling that grass wasn't sufficient to offer a guest he threw himself into the fire, offering his own body as food. Its incredibly difficult, maybe impossible, to live in this country and not make contact with at least the cultural aspects of this tradition. A bodhisattva-in-training must take care so that when generosity of spirit is practiced it isn't to the detriment of themselves and their family.



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