The Buddhist Text Translation Society is an excellent source for Sutra texts and
meditation manuals, Dharma CDs, and other items. Their excellent books are too
numerous to mention here, so follow this link: BTTS
Master Hsu Yun is picture here at
one-hundred twelve, he worked vigorously till
he died eight years later. His year by year auto
biography is published in the book, Empty
Cloud, by Charles Luk..
At the age of nineteen, he already possessed
deep realization. His parents, however, wanted
the family name to continue and married him
to not one, but two, young girls.
However, when he was put together with them
on their wedding night, he sat down in silence,
composed a poem for them, and departed.
The girls never saw him again. However, they
were so moved by the poem that both became
I have made a copy of the poem: (Click Here)
Left: A just completed new
translation of the Surangama
Sutra.HH Dali Lama regarded it as
an excellent "practice text and my
own teacher, Master Hsuan Hua,
certainly regarded it as such.
This translation is unsurpassed as
the translators had the opportunity
to hear Master Hua's commmentary
on it during a multi- month lecture
series. Much of the text is
illuminated by this commentary.
It can be purchased directly from
the Buddhist Text Translation
Society (Hard Cover,ISBN
9780881399622, 492 pages.)
My own comments on the
Surangama; click here
The Green Bee's Magical Transformation: This is a little story about a
Carpenter Bee and I, a little anger, and a surprise happy ending. Click here to
A complete recording of this
text is available in the audio
section for those wishing to
listen to it.
The great Buddhist
Conze, said that if he
could only have one
book on his death
bed he would choose
the Vissudhimagga, or
"Path of Purification."
This is a reference
manual on the entire
Buddhist path, from
foundational work to
the highest attainment.
Ten Ways To Build a Strong Practice
1: Consistency: A good strong practice is developed over a long period of time and we should understand this
from the very beginning. We must be in it for the long haul and practice like we eat, everyday, and several
times a day, even if some of the sessions are short. Just as we nourish the body best with rest, exercise; and
nourishing food, our practice should be based on good teachings, authentic teachings.
2: Be patient with yourself and believe in yourself.
3: Discipline desires, but don't suppress them. A good practitioner is able to sublimate the energy of desire
and direct it inward, and rest in the sense of fulfillment this brings.
4: Keep the body light and pliant, diet disciplined, and sleep not too much nor too little.
5: Choose a practice that suits your temperament and stay with it. Since the fault usually lies in the
application, always look to improve how you practice and don't worry so much about which technique is best.
6: Keep your life as simple as possible, with the fewest distractions.
7: Cultivate friendships with others who are better than you or your equal.
8: Seek out a good teacher and put his advice into practice. Rely on instructions from authentic sutra texts
when no teacher is available.
9: Put aside all thoughts about progress and just work hard. You'll know when you get there.
10: Be sincere. More than anything else, being sincere will assure your success.
The Three Jewels
This is a book (above)I highly
recommend for the clarity in
which it explains the intricacies of
correct meditation. For both
beginners and advanced.
|Master Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche and
I, at his Himalayan monastery,
Thupten Cholling, app 1985
The Buddha is a guide whose motivation for teaching is his great compassion. Coupled with
wisdom, this compassion arose at the moment of the Buddha's enlightenment. The Buddha has
removed all obstructions and arrived at peace. Salvation for his followers must come from their
own effort; he can only show the way. He sees others as himself, Buddhas, but lacking
realization, others do not see the treasure within themselves. He reveals a path that will lead
them to discover it; this path is known as the Dharma, the teaching of the Buddha. Those who
follow his teachings and gather together for discussion and practice are the Sangha. Together, the
Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, are known as the Three Jewels.
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This prayer book is an
excellent way to begin the
day and takes about five
minutes to read. read here
Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche (1980),
(1923-Sept 2, 2011) I offered my first kata
to Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche in 1969, and
he has influenced my life as a Buddhist
since. Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche embodies
the teachings of the Buddha and is one of
Buddhism's leading masters. He is the late
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's principle
disciple and discovered his new incarnation.
Books I highly recommend.
A scroll of instructions that my
teacher, Master Hsuan Hua, wrote
out to me in 1977 and I have only
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Master Hsu Yun, 119 years old, certified my teacher,
Master Hsuan Hua's, understanding and transmitted
the dharma to him, making him the head of the Wei
To all Buddhas everywhere throughout all realms of time,
I take refuge and offer up my life. May all beings discover
this supreme source of blessings, and deeply enter the
In the still brightness of the Dharma's pure nature;
I take refuge and realize sublime prajna,
May all beings discover the treasury of sutras,
and fully fathom the depth of the wisdom sea.
With Samantbhadra, Manjusri, and the entire great assembly,
I take refuge and join in virtuous harmony.
May all beings be nourished by this great assembly;
and faithfully revere the holy sangha.
Master Hsuan Hua, above
Master Hsu Yun worked tirelessly
teaching the dharma and yet never
thought himself above common
In the beginning there was nothing, nor was anything lacking.
The paper was blank. We pick up the paint brush and create the
scene. The landscape, the wind whipping water into waves.
Everything depends upon the stroke of our brush.
Our Ox lets the good earth lead it,
Just as our brush allows our hand to move it.
Take any direction, roam the world to its farthest edge.
All comes back to where it started... to blessed Emptiness.
Master Hsu Yun
For full set of verses click here:
HH Dalai Lama website link:
HH Dalai Lama
Perhaps the best source on the
web for a wide variety of
Buddhist instruction, all of which
can be downloaded for ipod use
or cd burning.
This is probablly the
clearest book on basic
meditation practice I
have read. And, when
you or a loved one is
about to depart, a clear
Simple, yet profound and
engagiing from cover to
Master Hsuan Hua and H H Dalai
Lama enjoyed a deep friendship
and mutual respect across all
boundaries. Master Hsuan Hua
was a true friend of the Tibetan
people, and often invited the great
Tibetan masters to his monastery.
His Holiness the 16th Karmapa,
Rigpe Dorje, remarked after
visiting the Master, that in all
America he had not met a Master
equal to Master Hua. Master
Hsuan Hua shared similar
admiration for the Karmaps, and
other Tibetan masters.
For a look at my personal reading library click here.
My friend, Khenpo Rigzin, right, receives instructions from his father, the
renowned yogin Orgyen Darghey, at his hermitage in the Padgan Retreat
Center, Manali, India. Closeness between father and son are the norm
here, and Rigzin sat with his father every evening for over an hour seeking
his instructions (during our ten day visit.)
Thought for the Day: April 30, 2017
Common in the East, but less practiced in the West, is the practice of giving,
making offerings to charitable organizations, temples, and others. The practice of
giving falls under the cultivation of blessings, as opposed to a pure meditation
approach towards the path of realization.
We need all the support we can get in our meditation practice, and for this we
may have to look outside the practice itself. We limit ourselves greatly when we
only focus on meditation to succeed in meditation. This is equivalent, to a
champion runner, relying only on running to develop his skill. As we all know,
athletes from a variety of disciplines employ many supporting exercises to bring
out their best in their field. We, as meditators, can take a que from them, for
meditation needs all the support it can get, and the practice of giving is one of
When we give, we accumulate blessings, and these blessings are powerful
supports to meditation practice. Our offerings to a temple may support the
livelihood of monks who do daily prayers and these prayers always include
prayers for their donors. If we wish, we can offer money specifically to help us
overcome hardship, avoid obstacles, have good health, and so forth, all of which
will directly support our meditation, even as we are supporting the monks by our
offerings. It is an exchange wherein both parties benefit.
If we are not accustomed to practicing the dharma of giving, we should begin by
making small offering of support as we see fit. If we give too much it may
obstruct our developing the habit of giving and taking joy in it. So, we begin
gradually with very small offerings and increase them within the limits of our
financial resources gradually. In time giving will be very natural and we will find
happiness in giving others the opportunity to prosper.
Of course, we should vent out well the recipients of our gifts, many are not
honest organizations, but we should also be cautious not to allow the few who
are not worth to stigmatize those that are. This is a poor excuse for being tight
However we may serve to support temples and people in need, it will generate
blessings we need to support our meditation practice. We should not arrogantly
think that meditation by itself is enough. The Buddha would not have
emphasized auxiliary practices such as patience, kindness, truthfulness, absence
of greed, giving and other auxiliary practices if meditation alone would do.
Giving according to our resources will never be regretted, whether it be our time,
money, or other means, once the habit is formed it will be a source of joy and
support. You might even give by writing out your thoughts and posting them on
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Avaloketeshvara, wood, lacquered gold, carved and lacquered by Mr. Wong Tai Seng and family. This
sixteen foot contemporary image resides at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, California, USA. The
photo to the right is the late abbot, Master Hsuan Hua.