Translations And Musings On The Last Words Of The Buddha

Not due to its prevalence of distortion, but due to the number of misattributed Buddha quotes (to name one reason in particular) it seems prudent to take a closer look at perhaps one of the most important utterances of the historical Buddha: the Tathāgata’s last words passed down in Pali as: “vayadhammā saṅkhārā appamādena sampādethā”Continue reading “Translations And Musings On The Last Words Of The Buddha”

Podcast | Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu Questions

[12/10/2022 UPDATE: This post was originally published 1/23/2022. I recently discovered that at that time I did not include the audio file here for the podcast so I had to change the blog post publishing date in order for WordPress to push this out as a new podcast.] Five short excerpts of some questions IContinue reading “Podcast | Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu Questions”

Dharma Questions: Miscellany — Part 7

The Heart 1 of Prajna 3 Paramita 4 Sutra 2 Bodhisattva 5 Avalokiteshvara 6, while deeply immersed 7 in prajna paramita, clearly perceived the empty nature 8 of the five skandhas 9, and transcended all suffering. Shariputra 10! Form is not different from emptiness, emptiness is not different from form. Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. So it is with feeling, conception, volition, and consciousness. Shariputra! All dharmas 11 are empty in character; neitherContinue reading “Dharma Questions: Miscellany — Part 7”

(Buddhist) Mudras

Wikipedia calls Mudras — or hand positions — symbolic or ritual gestures. For serious meditators I would suggest going beyond this and investigate the energetic properties and effects of such hand positioning, especially noticeable in meditation. We already know it’s instinctual to place a hand to the injured area when one gets physically hurt. Why?Continue reading “(Buddhist) Mudras”

Wisdom Snippets: (Do It Yourself Buddhadharma) Encouragements And Empowerments

For a moment put aside the notion party poopers Buddhists focus way too much on suffering, perhaps even more noticeably affectatious as soon as they get up from sitting around on meditation cushions. For now even shelf the more recent “socially engaged Buddhism” and turn toward some notions the historical Buddha put forth as empowermentContinue reading “Wisdom Snippets: (Do It Yourself Buddhadharma) Encouragements And Empowerments”

Dharma Questions: Abhidhamma (With Beth Upton)

[10/3/22 UPDATE: This post was originally published on 8/4/2022. Since then I decided to ask Beth Upton back to address some of these questions and had to change the blog post publishing date in order for WordPress to push this out as a new podcast. I told Beth beforehand I’d do an extra audio introContinue reading “Dharma Questions: Abhidhamma (With Beth Upton)”

Myanmar Burma Shwedagon Pagoda: Comments And Questions On Academia.edu Presentation

I was invited to read and share comments on academia.edu paper / presentation Myanmar people’s belief system of the Shwedagon Pagoda by panhtwa myosein My comment: Learned a lot from this work, thanks. In the introduction I’m unclear on the meaning of “as well as the living in the view of reality.” Other questions: HowContinue reading “Myanmar Burma Shwedagon Pagoda: Comments And Questions On Academia.edu Presentation”

Podcast | Studying And Practicing With “The Iddhipāda-Vibhaṅga Sutta — An Analysis Of The Bases Of Power”: Summary, Findings, Observations And Comparisons (7 of 7)

This fifth in a seven part series on Studying And Practicing With “The Iddhipāda-Vibhaṅga Sutta — An Analysis Of The Bases Of Power” addresses perceptions of night, daytime and light. (In the first two portions of the podcast I speak without notes and then I reference notes included in the blog post in the other portion.)

Full Of Love: Audio And Notes From The Insight Timer Live Event

Listen to the full unedited version of Full of Love with or without the Wisdom App: https://join.wisdom.audio/H6r5 The description for this August 26th Insight Timer live event followed by my notes: Not full of cr*p. For those (interested in) practicing the Four Sublime Abidings of loving-kindness, compassion, vicarious joy/rejoicing & equanimity join this Mettāsahagata Sutta (SN 46.54) sharing whereContinue reading “Full Of Love: Audio And Notes From The Insight Timer Live Event”