18 May 2015

Contemplation: Not Even the Names


After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
At this very moment, for the peoples and nations of the Earth,

May not even the names disease, famine, war and suffering be heard.

But rather may pure conduct, merit, wealth and prosperity increase,

And may supreme good fortune and well-being always arise!
 Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche's Aspiration Prayer

11 May 2015

Contemplation: All this fleeting world

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.
(from the Diamond Sutra, chap. 32, trans. A.F. Price and Wong Mou-Lan)

04 May 2015

Contemplation: A Pure, Lucid Mind

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
Subhuti, all bodhisattvas, lesser and great, should develop a pure, lucid mind, not depending on sound, flavor, odor, touch, or any quality.  A bodhisattva should develop a mind that alights upon nothing whatsoever.
from the Diamond Sutra, chap. 10, trans. A.F. Price and Wong Mou-Lan

27 April 2015

Contemplation: Tendai Daishi's Edonsho

After reviewing the guidelines for this practice, take the following as your contemplation:

The perfect and sudden calming and contemplation from the very beginning takes ultimate reality as its object. No matter what the object of contemplation might be, it is seen to be identical to the middle. There is nothing that is not true reality. When one fixes the mind on the dharmadhatu as object and unifies one’s mindfulness with the dharmadhatu as it is, then there is not a single sight nor smell that is not the middle way. The same goes for the realm of self, the realm of Buddha, and the realm of living beings. Since all aggregates and sense-accesses of body and mind are thusness, there is no suffering to be cast away. Since nescience and the afflictions are themselves identical with enlightenment, there is no origin of suffering to be eradicated. Since the two extreme views are the middle way and false views are the right way, there is no path to be cultivated. Since samsara is identical with nirvana, there is no cessation to be achieved. Because of the intrinsic inextistence of suffering and its origin, the mundane does not exist; because of the inexistence of the path and its cessation, the supramundane does not exist. A single, unalloyed reality is all there is – no entities whatever exists outside of it. That all entities are by nature quiescent is called “calming”; that this nature, though quiescent, is ever luminous, is called “contemplation”. Though a verbal distinction is made between earlier and later stages of practice, there is no ultimate duality, no distinction between them. This is what is called “the perfect and sudden calming and contemplation.


Donner, N. and Stevenson, D (1993) The Great Calming and Contemplation: A study and annotated translation of Chih-i’s mo-ho chih-kuan. Honolulu; A Kuroda Institute Book: 112-114.

20 April 2015

Contemplation: Charity

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
Subhuti, in the practice of charity a bodhisattva should be detached.  That is to say, he should practice charity without regard to appearances--without regard to sound, odor, touch, flavor, or any quality.  Subhuti, thus should the bodhisattva practice charity without attachment.
from the Diamond Sutra, chap. 4, trans. A.F. Price and Wong Mou-Lan

13 April 2015

Contemplation: Why is this?

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
Buddha said:  Subhuti, all the bodhisattva heroes should discipline their thoughts as follows:  All living creatures of whatever class, born from eggs, from wombs, from moisture, or by transformation, whether with form or without form, whether in a state of thinking or exempt from thought necessity, or wholly beyond all thought realms--all these are caused by me to attain unbounded liberation nirvana.  Yet when vast, uncountable, immeasurable numbers of  beings have thus been liberated, verily no being has been liberated.  Why is this, Subhuti?
from the Diamond Sutra, chap. 3, trans. A.F. Price and Wong Mou-Lan

06 April 2015

Contemplation: A Star at Dawn

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.
(from the Diamond Sutra, chap. 32, trans. A.F. Price and Wong Mou-Lan)