29 June 2015

Contemplation: Immovable Wisdom

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

Immovable means unmoving.

Wisdom means the wisdom of intelligence.

Although wisdom is called immovable, this does not signify any insentient thing, like wood or stone.  It moves as the mind is wont to move; forward or back, to the left, to the right, in the ten directions and to the eight points; and the mind that does not stop at all is called immovable wisdom.

The Unfettered Mind:  Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master, Takuan Soho, p. 20

22 June 2015

Contemplation: The Bodhisattva Vows

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
Sentient beings are numberless.  I vow to save them.
Desires are inexhaustible.  I vow to put an end to them.
The Dharmas are boundless.  I vow to master them.
The Buddha-way is unsurpassable.  I vow to attain it.
The Four Bodhisattva Vows, as recited at Tendai Buddhist Institute.

15 June 2015

Contemplation: A Natural Instinct

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


All of us have a natural instinct to desire happiness and avoid suffering.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Dzogchen, p. 99

01 June 2015

Contemplation: A Formless Field of Benefaction

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
Vast is the robe of liberation,
A formless field of benefaction.
I wear the Tathagatha's teachings,
Saving all sentient beings.
The Verse of the Kesa, as recited at Tendai Buddhist Institute

25 May 2015

Contemplation: An End to Hatred

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


"He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." Those who do not harbor such thoughts still their hatred.

Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.

Dhammapada, trans. Bikkhu Bodhi

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)