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by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in non-democratic countries
Replies: 48
Views: 5275

Re: Buddhism in non-democratic countries

Here is part of what happened to Buddhism in Tibet, thanks to Chinese Communist Party.

by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Mar 21, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 822
Views: 30926

Re: What are you doing about the CCP virus?

Following all the CDC suggestions, washing hands a lot, staying at home etc. Plus calling the pandemic by the correct name
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Looking for some Zen (Chan) lectures
Replies: 10
Views: 1116

Re: Looking for some Chan lectures

Master Hsuan Hua's Chan Handbook is also in book form:

http://longbeachmonastery.org/the_chan_handbook.pdf
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wisdom Abounds
Replies: 17
Views: 2055

Re: Wisdom Abounds

All great men and sages attained success through their self-effort. Reliance on destiny or God is an expression of ignorance and this is the main cause of failure. Self-effort must be sustained from a very early age in order that it may be powerful. But self-effort devoid of wisdom leads to negativ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wisdom Abounds
Replies: 17
Views: 2055

Re: Wisdom Abounds

Liberation produces selflessness; we lose our selfishness when we come to know the unity of the soul. By effort one can attain knowledge which leads to salvation. This is obvious; but what is called God, destiny or fate is fictitious and is not seen. The dull and the ignorant created God, which is ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 196
Views: 47752

Re: Dharma Gems

Beginningless, endless, neither ancient nor modern.
Swallow the void and the Dharma Realm in a single gulp.
Our own tranquil nature is not inside or outside.
So it is! So it is! The causes are just like this.
Master Hua
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Latest 84K Sutra
Replies: 11
Views: 2224

Re: Latest 84K Sutra

The Nectar of Speech came out last month: In this sūtra, in answer to a question put by Maitreya, the Buddha Śākyamuni teaches five qualities that bodhisattvas should have in order to live a long life free of obstacles and attain awakening quickly: (1) giving the Dharma; (2) giving freedom from fea...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Medicine Master Sutra
Replies: 28
Views: 4962

Re: Medicine Master Sutra

YouTube has at least three recitations in English. Two of them are from the translation given in pdf above. Search YouTube for Medicine Buddha sutra in English. All three are around one hour. Here is another one that has both text and recitation. It is from the BTTS of Master Hua's disciples: https:...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Medicine Master Sutra
Replies: 28
Views: 4962

Re: Medicine Master Sutra

Here is a translation with helpful Introduction:

Medicine Buddha Sutra.pdf
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Recitation of and meditation on this sutra are of great help during this present pandemic panic.
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices for epidemics and pandemics
Replies: 79
Views: 5511

Re: Practices for epidemics and pandemics



About one & half hour of Sanskrit repetition.
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Practices for epidemics and pandemics
Replies: 79
Views: 5511

Re: Practices for epidemics and pandemics

Wanting to relieve these beings’ suffering and illness, to fulfill all that they sought, Medicine Buddha of Pure Crystal Radiance, at that moment, entered into the samadhi called ‘Eliminating the Suffering and Agitation of All Beings.’ Upon entering meditative absorption, a great light emanated fro...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 196
Views: 47752

Re: Dharma Gems

In a future lifetime, upon my enlightenment, I vow to aid all sentient beings who suffer from any form of malady. I vow to relieve those whose bodies are deformed, who lack their complete sense organs, who lack beauty and appeal, or who are simple-minded or foolishly stubborn. Those who are blind, ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wisdom Abounds
Replies: 17
Views: 2055

Re: Wisdom Abounds

People who lack in fineness of feeling also lack in sense of sanctity. We have great power. It is not ours, but we are a channel for power. It flows through us in a mighty current when conditions are right. We make them right by sanctity and self-effacement. Our thoughts must be lighted up. We must...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 822
Views: 30926

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Venturing out from my cave in So. Cal. to pick up a squeeze bottle of saline nasal wash. Gadzooks - how the grocery was mobbed - so went to CVS pharmacy - shelf was empty of what I thought was a little known health practice - saline nasal daily squirt. Damn these old hippies around here (like me) wh...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Peter Thiel interview
Replies: 2
Views: 773

Peter Thiel interview

Couple of bright minds enjoying their buffet of notions - faith, reason, politics, economics, human nature etc. Sophomoric in the best sense.

by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 196
Views: 47752

Re: Dharma Gems

Enlightening sentient beings plants causes for sagehood.
When we reach the unconditioned Way, we tally with the true mind.
As we benefit others and ourselves, our merit becomes perfected.
Thus, together we enter the prajna doors to liberation.
Master Hua
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 196
Views: 47752

Re: Dharma Gems

Holding a bowl, Contemplating Sounds saves us mortals. Prescribing medicine to cure our ills, he nurtures the three thousand worlds. Bowing in homage, we earnestly entreat him to answer our calls. In various ways he fulfills all our heart's desires. Master Hua verse on line of Great Compassion mant...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Dharma Gems
Replies: 196
Views: 47752

Re: Dharma Gems

Our body, mouth and mind form a wheel that is this mighty dharani. As the many-petaled lotus blossom just begins to open, White, green, red, and purple light shines on us all, Disciples of the Buddha have affinities to join the sages' celebrations. Master Hua verse on line of Great Compassion mantra.

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