The Great Compassion »

In Shin Buddhism, one of our texts is the Larger Pure Land Sutra, in which there’s a story about Dharmakara Bodhisattva. He makes vows, as all bodhisattvas do, and he has to fulfill them in order to become a buddha. The most important one is the 18th vow, which we call the Primal Vow. In the story, Dharmakara refuses to become a buddha unless all other beings can be liberated along with him, no matter how evil or attached or ignorant they may be. He stakes his own freedom on our freedom. This is the central point of Shin Buddhism. »

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Alison Murdoch

16 Guidelines for a Happy Life »

Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom is a system of inner development that enables people of all ages, cultures and traditions to lead a happy and meaningful life and to be of service to others. The original vision for Universal Education came from the late Lama Thubten Yeshe. He spoke about the importance of ‘changing the clothes’ that Buddhism wears to make it more accessible to a modern audience, of bringing science and spirituality back together, and of the key role played by teachers and role models. »

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Joy amidst Challenges of Being a Nun »

Venerable Dr. Karma Tashi Choedron is a Malaysian nun ordained in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She obtained her Ph.D. in Environment and Resource Studies from Mahidol University, Thailand, and M.Sc. in Highway and Transportation Engineering, and B. Engineering in Civil Engineering from Universiti Sains Malaysia. She became a nun under Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche at Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery in Namo Buddha, Nepal, in June 2009. »

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Is Depression Caused by Karma? »

When having a discussion on the issue of depression, as a Buddhist monk, I’m often asked if it’s caused by karma. Since by karma the person asking most likely means “something bad I did in my past life”, I usually start off by saying, “I don’t know.” »

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The Fertile Soil of Sangha »

TWO THOUSAND five hundred years ago, Shakyamuni Buddha proclaimed that the next Buddha will be
named Maitreya, the “Buddha of Love.” I think Maitreya Buddha may be a community and not just an individual. A good community is needed to help us resist the unwholesome ways of our time. Mindful living protects us and helps us go in the direction of peace. With the support of friends in the practice, peace has a chance. »

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