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EveryBodhi is a podcast focused on classic Mahayana Buddhism for the modern meditator. Change is the only consistent thing in our lives. While we don’t always want what comes of change, we can learn to rise and meet the challenge by coming to know ourselves and our minds better. Through conversation with friends, interviews with generous teachers and his own contemplation, our host, Jampal Norbu, shares contemporary insights on ancient wisdom lineages. There has never been a better time to e ...
 
Rupert Spira discusses the essential non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions such as Advaita Vedanta, Mahayana and Dzogchen Buddhism, Mystical Christianity, Sufism, Zen, Taoism, Hinduism etc., as well as the western philosophical tradition of Parmenides, Plotinus and many others, and which is also the direct, ever-present reality of our own intimate experience.
 
Rupert Spira discusses the essential non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions such as Advaita Vedanta, Mahayana and Dzogchen Buddhism, Mystical Christianity, Sufism, Zen, Taoism, Hinduism etc., as well as the western philosophical tradition of Parmenides, Plotinus and many others, and which is also the direct, ever-present reality of our own intimate experience.
 
Venerable Robina Courtin weaves a tapestry of modern Buddhist commentary as she illuminates this ancient spiritual path with humor, wit and intensity. This Buddhist program aims to give every listener an opportunity to ponder some of life’s deepest questions such as: “Why do bad and good things happen? Is it karma? How can I overcome insecurity and start to care deeply for other beings? Can I lessen my depression and fears? Is reincarnation real? What is the mind? Exactly what is enlightenme ...
 
Spring 8-Week retreat on Shamatha, Vipashyana, and Mahamudra, based upon two texts: Panchen Lozang Chökyi Gyaltsen’s Highway of the Jinas: A Root Text on the Precious Geluk-Kagyü Mahamudra Tradition, and Karma Chagmé’s Naked Awareness: Practical Teachings on the Union. During this year's 8-week retreat Alan will grant the oral transmission and commentary to the teachings on the root text The Highway of the Jinas: A Root Text on the Precious Geluk-Kagyü Mahamudra Tradition and its auto-commen ...
 
This eight-week retreat will focus on stage of generation, shamatha, vipashyana and mahamudra. Participants in this retreat should have a sound understanding of the Sutrayana teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, and have experience in the practices of shamatha, the four applications of mindfulness, and the four immeasurables. Please read the text, A Spacious Path to Freedom: Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Atiyoga, by the great 17th-century master Karma Chagmé (from the chapt ...
 
David Vago, PhD and Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP tackle the traditional Buddhist concept of "enlightenment" from their modern clinical points of view in a stimulating and fun discussion. Part 2 focuses on S-ART, David's neurobiological framework for describing the positive effects of meditation on self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-transcendence; Theravada, Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna notions of awakening and not-self; secular mental training; different interventions for different psy ...
 
RKINA is the North American office of Rissho Kosei-Kai in Japan. We are a global Buddhist movement of everyday people, who wish to apply the Buddhist teachings in our daily lives. By studying basic buddhist concepts and the Lotus Sutra, we cultivate our hearts and mind, practicing the bodhisattva way to bring peace to our families, communities, countries, and to the world. www.rkina.org
 
I am a lay Shin Buddhist who relies on Amida but also appreciates the broader range of Mahayana teachings. FYI, I have a Buddhist YouTube channel called “acalaacala” with many sutra recitation uploads and various commentaries. I also have a secondary YouTube channel with the same name as this podcast to which I have uploaded a complete inventory of podcast episodes in video format. That includes those less viewed episodes that have been deleted from this audio-based platform. Namu Amida Buts! 🙏
 
Shantideva is particularly renowned as the author of the Bodhicaryavatara (sometimes also called the Bodhisattvacaryavatara). An English translation of the Sanskrit version of the Bodhicaryavatara is available online, as well as in print in a variety of translations, sometimes glossed as "A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way Of Life" or "Entering the Path of Enlightenment." It is a long poem describing the process of enlightenment from the first thought to full buddhahood and is still studied by ...
 
FEATURED AS "NEW & NOTEWORTHY" BY APPLE 2013-2014 *** Urban Dharma NC is a new Buddhist center, a community-in-progress in western North Carolina. We are committed to the growing of Dharma, for Dharma to take roots in our lives here in this corner of the world, in this part of North Carolina, on the soil of these Appalachian mountains. Our motto "Changing Minds, Transforming Cities" expresses the vision of living the transformative teachings of the Buddha in a contemporary, urban context whe ...
 
David Vago, PhD and Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP tackle the traditional Buddhist concept of "enlightenment" from their modern clinical points of view in a stimulating and fun discussion. Part 2 focuses on S-ART, David's neurobiological framework for describing the positive effects of meditation on self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-transcendence; Theravada, Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna notions of awakening and not-self; secular mental training; different interventions for different psy ...
 
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As they say in the movies, "take two!" Please disregard the first transcription posting because of a technical glitch on the audio link. Follow this one instead. Apologies… _()_ Many, many thanks to Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecture references. Lecture location: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20210215.mp3Notes:- Consider volunt…
 
Many, many thanks to Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecture references. Lecture location: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20210208.mp3 Notes:- Consider volunteering to transcribe a lecture. It is a great way to deepen your practice.- This transcription is work in progress. It is transcribed as recorded and no professional…
 
Nichiren writes this letter to the wife of a follower of Lotus Sutra doctrine as one of Nichiren's students. The wife has assembled a Summer robe for Nichiren and sent it as an offering for Nichiren. The tender words of appreciation from Nichiren for the gift is interpreted as an offering to the Lotus Sutra via Nichiren's promulgation efforts and r…
 
In closing this letter, Nichiren moves from the history of his practice to the encounter of this couple and relates their lives and situation to the whole of Japan. In this way he relates the bankruptcy of current leadership of the country with the erroneous traditions of incorrect teachings and governance leading to the repeated invasions of forei…
 
Nichiren writes this letter to nudge further the Lay monk and his wife from Ichinosawa to Lotus Sutra practice. This was the residence where Nichiren was transferred in exile on Sado Island. The family was sympathetic to Nichiren but feared repercussions from their local society if they proclaimed their devotion to Lotus as theirs was a society, li…
 
Nichiren closes this letter with a comparison of two types of people; those who are ignorant of the Lotus Sutra and/or Buddhism and yet speak against it, and those who are familiar and practice Buddhist teachings and the Lotus Sutra, but then turn their backs on the Lotus Sutra. The differing nature of their causes is commensurate with their life c…
 
Copy, recite, embrace, study the teachings of Buddhism. More to the point, reciting the Daimoku AND Gongyo is the primary practice. Second is Study, fore with study develops confidence and resolve. Thirdly, copy, write passages that inspire and offer you INSIGHT. Write down those insights. Use a journal, a diary or a simple writing pad. Commiting a…
 
We might have a belief about how happiness and suffering emanate from “out there.” We don’t recognize our own minds’ role in our own happiness and suffering. That’s being a “Samsara-ist.” 11:57 | Extracted from "Samsara and Nirvana" teachings on Jan 12-17, 2021 at Shantideva Center - Brooklyn, New York. Full teaching: Video…
 
This is a formal letter to Horen, a Lay Monk teacher of the Law that has been practicing for 15 years after converting to Nichiren's teachings of the Lotus Sutra. This letter is a reminder of several expedient means teachings to aid Horen in his propagation efforts as well as advice on the current political climate of Japan at the time. There is al…
 
Nichiren uses references from cultural folklore and history as well as from Provisional Buddhist texts to illustrate the nature of pursuing the highest life condition and potential while in the Samsaric reality of our environs. Many obstacles to stray our practice to easier appeasement of earthly desires both from within our own minds to the influe…
 
Jampal Norbu examines the fourth verse of Lojong: “The Antidote in Itself is Liberated”. This verse explores emotional suffering through the five negative emotions, also known as kleshas, or the five poisons. Antidotes to these negative emotions are revealed through the Lojong practice along with the natural state of mind free from suffering. The e…
 
In this section of the gosho, Nichiren identifies the misguided and egotistical practice of some to deny the actual order of the original sermons and teachings of Shakyamuni to instead re-interpret earlier teachings as complete and relegating the later teachings and culminating teachings of the Lotus as inferior. This is often done by misquoting te…
 
Many, many thanks to Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecture references. Lecture location: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20210201.mp3 Notes:- Consider volunteering to transcribe a lecture. It is a great way to deepen your practice.- This transcription is work in progress. It is transcribed as recorded and no professional…
 
I equate the Buddhist teaching of the time and the capacity to the development of a human being from baby to chile, teenager, adult and senior. Nichiren walks through Sutra and scholarship to set the stage for the Ultimate teaching of the Lotus Sutra and MyoHoRenGeKyo to achieve "Proof" in the experience of our Buddha nature in the Later Day of the…
 
The most difficult thing in life is overcoming fears and habits that are well hard written into our lives. This is even more challenging in our MyoHoRenGeKyo practice where karmic obstacles we may not even be aware of are intertwined with the events and mental challenges of our experience. In the face of these challenges, it can become far easier t…
 
Nichiren shares in this letter of reply to the young nun Niiama, his unease in reissuing a newly inscribed Mandal of Gohonzon to her elder nun, Oama, since she like others from her area of Japan, discarded their Gohonzons upon hearing of Nichiren's persecution at Tatsunokuchi, where, I remind you, a comet or eclipse of the sun resulted in the ritua…
 
To practice compassion we need to subdue habitual selfishness. First, we need to understand some Buddhist psychology about the sources of suffering. Then, with wisdom, we become a suitable vessel for various Bodhisattva practices. 18:22 | Extracted from "Cultivating Happiness" teachings on Sep 11, 2020 at Vajrayana Institute Sydney. Full teaching: …
 
We are not independent solitary 'things'. Instead you must realize that we are a single point in a vast organism of 'man', 'species' and life itself. As such, we are influenced and influence the entirety of the 'organism' all the time. This 'sphere' of influence, like an 'aura', is touched by everything in our environment as well as affecting all t…
 
In Part two, Nichiren pivots to his own doctrine of the Lotus Sutra to support what he has written in (part one) to aid in her study and understanding of her practice and the important role of her husband's life with her. Here is an intimate letter from Nichiren who recently lost her husband (a Samurai), to encourage and support as well as educate …
 
Here is an intimate letter from Nichiren who recently lost her husband (a Samurai), to encourage and support as well as educate her on the nature of her husband's tremendous influence on her life; but also in the nature of our lives to be attached to physical identity rather than our true timeless entity of enlightenment. He identifies, for instanc…
 
Many, many thanks to Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecture references. Lecture location: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20210125.mp3 Notes:- Consider volunteering to transcribe a lecture. It is a great way to deepen your practice.- This transcription is work in progress. It is transcribed as recorded and no professional…
 
As we know, in the Buddhist sense, "good and evil" are Western translations of "Life affirming" versus Life Affirming" or negative and positive influence or in the ultimate analysis, toward the correct Dharma versus against the Correct Dharma. In this letter Nichiren congratulates a Samurai warrior for turning in his highly symbolic and rife with m…
 
Many, many thanks to Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecture references. Lecture location: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20210118.mp3 Notes:- Consider volunteering to transcribe a lecture. It is a great way to deepen your practice.- This transcription is work in progress. It is transcribed as recorded and no professional…
 
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