This episode is about the veneration of the Buddha! I share how this may be a challenge for the Western & Modern mind in the practice of Buddhism. We might mistakenly discard the value and teaching found within.
I made this segment because there is a large pitfall in modern interpretations of Buddhism. Actually, Buddhism in the west has been very heavily influenced by these Neo or Modern Buddhist teachings. It may be easy for modern people to believe, but it does not mean that it is providing us with the correct guidance of the Buddha. In this discussion, I share some examples and cautionary points to keep in mind, for our practice.
This episode is an explanation of the three stages of life. In this we can understand how we can be able to integrate our Buddha's practice and to be able to understand to accumulate the correct balance and equilibrium necessary for a study and practice. Through understanding these elements we can better understand our body and also be able to see what we need to accumulate and release at each aspect of our life so that we can have a correct meditation and practice. This is the way of ancient Buddhist culture.
In the section discuss the concept of 験 "gen" from shugen. Specifically this is the trial, verification, or testing of Buddhist practice through training and experimentation. This is the practical way for us, who have bought into the ideology of modern society as pain free, comfortable, and convenience civilization. Through this concept we can cultivate the teachings and generate the testimony of the ancestors.
This segment is a follow-up to the previous segment based on the three kinds of doubt. I wanted to add this segment separately so that one could understand the basic premise of the three kinds of doubt and then as Master Tien tai teaches the medicine or the remedy for these three types of doubt in our life.
In this podcast, I'm going to discuss the impediment of doubt within the practice of Buddhism. We are able to see that doubt obstructs are direct practice entertainment of concentration. Do you find yourself to doubt your body, your teacher, or the Dharma? In this segment we will talk about these aspects.
In this podcast I talk about how priorities and choices in life can be changed by ones Outlook and understanding of the Buddha Dharma. To change one's life, we must begin with the little things that we are yet not aware of, such as priority and choice. What it leads to and where we are going will be determined by these factors.
A wonderful teaching that further clarifies and awakens us to the great impact of causes and conditions around us. We are constantly being influenced by who we associate, what we eat, and what we think about. To have insight into this will support us on the path of the Buddha.
You may have heard me speak of Grandmaster tentai many times during my lectures. But you may also be asking, what did he create, what did he teach, why does he have such a great connection with Nichiren Buddhism? I hope through this recording that we are able to explain some of that information and give you the background of Grand Master Tien-Tai.
In this podcast, I wanted to share some insight about how we look at the spiritual elements through Western eyes. Through my practice, I have seen that there is another dimension of understanding these concepts.
This is something that we as Western modern Buddhists need to study and learn about. What did Nichiren Shonin mean by "Zen Devils" with mistaken views. Where did he get this idea? Here I offer some context for these statements.
In this episode, we finish our series with the eighth factor of the Noble Eightfold Path series, with a lecture on Right Concentration. In modern times this word concentration is everywhere, but what makes the Buddha's attainment so special?
In this episode we will cover "Right Mindfulness." The seventh of the Eightfold Path. With this word being thrown around everywhere, it is important as a Buddhist practitioner to understand its meaning as to your practice.
In this lecture, I will share the concept of Shu-Ha-Ri. These are the 3 phases in one learns anything and allows one to become innovative. It is important to understand this in anything that we wish to inculcate into our body...
In this episode, we share the concept of the Six Paramitas in continuation of the guide and student concept introduced in the last segment. In this particular segment we introduce Dana (generosity) the first of the six Perfections.
In this episode I share the misunderstandings that have been promoted in the modern marketing of Buddhism. It may surprise you to know that emptiness is not the true goal or simply feeling positive and mellow.