"Abstain from all unwholesome deeds, perform wholesome ones, purify your mind" This is the teaching of enlightened persons. The Buddha Everyone is familiar with the 1956 Charlton Heston movie the Ten Commandments. Moses, played by Heston, is given the 10 commandments written by God in the stone tablets on Mt. Sinai. In Buddhism the Buddha … Continue reading What’s a Precept???
“If you practice hitting a target the size of a ping pong ball, when you are in a real fight you might be able to hit a target the size of a baseball” “If you practice hitting a target the size of a baseball, when you are in a real fight you might be able … Continue reading The naughty word, Kata….
I have mentioned the Ti-lakkhana or the “Three marks of existence” in a past blogs on impermanence (Anicca in Pali) and Suffering or un-satisfactoriness (Dukkha in Pali). The last of the three is probably one of the most important, and one of the hardest to get your mind around, of the Buddha’s teachings. Not-self (Anatta … Continue reading Anatta (Not-Self), If it isn’t me then who is it????
Martial Arts have become a lot like institutionalized religion these days. Go on you tube and there are endless videos of someone who has come up with their own system (we will call it S.W.A.T.) and they spend the whole time telling you how this or that traditional technique will not work in a “real” … Continue reading Traditional or not, that is the question…
The religious language of India is called Sanskrit. It is similar to Latin in that over time its primary purpose was to convey religious thought. Due to this fact it was a language known only to the religious class in India called Brahman. One of the many very interesting things about the Buddha is that … Continue reading Turning the wheel….
"Methods are many, Principles are few, Methods Change, Principles stay true" I have collected many quotes over the years. Whenever I heard something that struck me as important or meaningful I wrote it down. The only problem is for some reason I did not write down who said the quotation. So I will state … Continue reading Where is the Principal???
When starting our investigation into the Buddha Dhamma (the Buddha’s teaching, Universal Law, Dharma in Sanskrit) we have to cut through all of the cultural and indigenous baggage that it has acquired as it has traveled though Asia and beyond. So as I mentioned in my last blog we need to first get to the … Continue reading The Buddhist unit of measure…..