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Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha), Bodhisattva of the hell realms, protector of children. He vowed to forego his own liberation until hell was emptied of every soul.

namaḥ samantabuddhānāṃ, ha ha ha, sutanu svāhā

Tara, Bodhisattva of Compassion, Mother of Liberation.

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha

Nice evening practice at the #Buddha Garden on Main St.


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hi there! Im currently under a project which requires a few thoughts on Buddhism. I was wondering if you can answer my questions? One of them would be: what is Buddha to you? (A god, a teacher, philosopher, etc.) and why. The other would be: how can you explain Buddhism to someone of my age (which is 14 y/o)? I would really be happy if you could answer this for me :) I find your insights really cool and hope you carry on the awesomeness of them^^


Buddha was a human being, a teacher, and a realized being. He was not a God and never made any claims to be. To me he is an example of what is possible for all of us, to be awake and live our lives fearlessly. 

To me Buddhism is simply about being yourself. It’s about engaging all of your life including the unpleasant stuff and using it all as fuel for transformation. It’s about ending the suffering in our lives and in the lives of others.

Good luck with the project! :)

The next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community; a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth.

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What is dharma?

Dharma is the teachings of the Buddha, but once you have right view/understanding (8 fold path) you will begin to hear dharma everywhere, not just in Buddhist books but in other religious teachings, in nature, in situations, and even in your own breath. So in a larger since, dharma is the reality of things, the way things are, or truth.

Dharma is also the path. Reality, or truth as we perceive it, is our path and our practice. So the dharma is our practice, our teachings, and also the way we experience reality. Of course, that’s just my perception at this moment.

So when we take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and the Sangha, we are taking refuge in the example of Siddhartha, yes, but also refuge in the possibility and the nature of who we are (Buddha), refuge in the teachings, the path, the practice, and reality itself (Dharma), and refuge in the community, spiritual friends, and realization that we are all one and no one is separate from us (Sangha).

The world is full of Buddhas but they’re sleeping

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Hi there, I love your blog and I am grateful for you! My question is: Do you know of any references made by Buddha that say that total enlightenment can not be reached by humans while they are alive?


Thank you. No, I haven’t heard that.

According to most Buddhist traditions, there are 4 stages or levels of enlightenment. The first being stream entry, which generally means that you will not be reincarnated as any lesser being any longer. Then there is a 2nd stage where you are said to be limited to 2-3 more reincarnations before reaching nirvana. Third path, they are called once returners, meaning they have one more trip to go. Lastly, there is nirvana where the cycle of rebirths is ended, and you are free.

Forgive my crude and perhaps inaccurate descriptions. The Mahayana tradition talks about those who deny themselves final path to nirvana to come back again to help relieve the suffering of others. It illustrates that this practice is not a selflish escape from reality, but rather a selfless engagement with all of life especially suffering.The point is that enlightenment or awakening happens in the here & now in this life in this moment, not somewhere out there in the future or up in the clouds.

I personally don’t believe in literal reincarnation. I think Buddha was speaking to and from a Hindu culture. I think it is actually quite radical that he said the ultimate goal is not returning, ending the cycle. That happiness and the ending of suffering is available now in this life in the midst of such great suffering. Freedom, happiness is here now. Blessings


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