Tag: Buddha Dharma

Shunyata, Running on Empty Part II….

Shunyata, Running on Empty Part II….

“The object is an object for the subject, The Subject is a subject for the object, Know the relativity of the two rests ultimately on one Emptiness. In one Emptiness the two are not distinguished, and each contains in itself all the ten thousand things.” Zen Master Dogen   “Ordinarily we assume that our “self” … Continue reading Shunyata, Running on Empty Part II….

Shunyata, Running on Empty Part I….

Shunyata, Running on Empty Part I….

Have ever been driving and have your car stop running?  After some checking you realize that you forgot to stop and get gas, your tank is “empty”.  If I ask you what your tank is empty of you will say obviously, gas!    In the morning when you get to the bottom of your coffee cup, … Continue reading Shunyata, Running on Empty Part I….

Karma, maybe it doesn’t mean what we thought it did….?

Karma, maybe it doesn’t mean what we thought it did….?

How many times have you heard a conversation about something bad happening to someone and one of the people talking will say……”it’s Karma”.  Next to the misconception that Buddha taught Reincarnation this has to be the most misunderstood teachings in Buddhism. For years I tried to understand Karma as it is generally taught and I … Continue reading Karma, maybe it doesn’t mean what we thought it did….?

What’s a Precept???

What’s a Precept???

"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???

Anatta (Not-Self), If it isn’t me then who is it????

Anatta (Not-Self), If it isn’t me then who is it????

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????

Turning the wheel….

Turning the wheel….

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….

The Buddhist unit of measure…..

The Buddhist unit of measure…..

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…..

Buddha, Buddha, who’s got the Buddha?

Buddha, Buddha, who’s got the Buddha?

When I was very young I went to a Lutheran church.  I went to church on Sunday with my mom as my Dad did not have any patience for the preachy religious type of people. While there I went to Sunday school like most kids did back in those days.  I liked to hear the … Continue reading Buddha, Buddha, who’s got the Buddha?

The Swastika and the chocolate box…(Anicca/Impermanence)

The Swastika and the chocolate box…(Anicca/Impermanence)

In 1974 Cat Stevens released an album titled “The Buddha and the Chocolate Box”. The story behind the title was that as he was getting on a plane some fans gave him a couple of presents.  One of the presents was a Buddha statue and the other was a box of chocolate.  While sitting on … Continue reading The Swastika and the chocolate box…(Anicca/Impermanence)

The begining…..

In 1981 I joined the U.S Air Force at the age of 19.  I came from a small town in northern Michigan, with a whopping population of 1800 people!  I never had any intention of traveling around the world in fact the thought had never crossed my mind.  I came from a lower middle class … Continue reading The begining…..