21 April 2014

Contemplation: Pass Through It

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your object of contemplation:
Even if the whole world is on fire,
Be sure to pass through it to hear the Dharma;
Then you will surely enter the Buddha's enlightenment
And everywhere deliver beings from the river of birth and death.
The Three Pure Land Sutras (the Larger Sutra), p. 41

14 April 2014

Contemplation: My Good Friend

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your object of contemplation:
If you have heard the Dharma and do not forget it
But adore and revere it with great joy,
You are my good friend.  For this reason,
You should awaken the aspiration for enlightenment.
The Three Pure Land Sutras (the Larger Sutra), p. 41

07 April 2014

Contemplation: Reach the Heart

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your object of contemplation:
To obtain human life is difficult in the extreme;
To meet a Buddha in this world is also difficult;
It is difficult, too, for a person to attain faith and wisdom.
Once you have heard the Dharma, strive to reach its heart.
The Three Pure Land Sutras (the Larger Sutra), p. 41


31 March 2014

Contemplation: Proclaim the Dharma with the Lion's Roar

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your object of contemplation:
I will open the Dharma storehouse for the multitudes
And endow them all with treasures of merit.
Being always among the multitudes,
I will proclaim the Dharma with the lion's roar.
Three Pure Land Sutras, p. 21 (from the Vows of Bhikshu Dharmakara, in the Larger Sutra of Amitayus)

24 March 2014

Contemplation: Attain the Unsurpassed Way

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your object of contemplation:
Free of greed and with profound mindfulness
And pure wisdom, I will perform the sacred practices;
I will seek to attain the unsurpassed Way
And become the teacher of devas and humans.
Three Pure Land Sutras, p. 20 (from the Vows of Bhikshu Dharmakara, in the Larger Sutra of Amitayus)

17 March 2014

Contemplation: Great Light

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your object of contemplation:
With my divine power I will display great light,
Illuminating the worlds without limit,
And dispel the darkness of the three defilements;
Thus I will deliver all beings from misery.
Three Pure Land Sutras, p. 21 (from the Vows of Bhikshu Dharmakara, in the Larger Sutra of Amitayus)

14 March 2014

March 16 Sutra Service Canceled

I have decided to cancel our Sunday sutra service and meditation on 16 March, 2014. Our landlords and friends, Yoga in Daily Life, are hosting the "World Peace Tour" of their guru Swami Maheshwarananda this weekend. Out of respect to them and their teacher, I invite our participants to practice at home or, if they prefer, to attend the event at Yoga in Daily Life instead (starts at 10am. for details call 703 299 8946).

We will continue our Sunday program the very next weekend.

Thank you for your understanding.