23 March 2015

Contemplation: Take Heed

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
Let me respectfully remind you:
Life and death are of supreme importance.
Each of us should strive to awaken.
Awaken!
Take heed!
Do not squander your life.
"Evening Gatha" as recited at Tendai Buddhist Institute

16 March 2015

Contemplation: The Body

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
The body, apt to practice sacred teaching,
Should not be harmed in trivial pursuits.
If this advice is kept, the wishes of all beings
Will swiftly and completely be attained.
Santideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva, p. 74

09 March 2015

Contemplation: Always Labor for the Benefit of Beings

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

Therefore understand this well
And always labor for the benefit of beings.
The far-seeing masters of compassion
Permit, to this end, that which is proscribed.

Santideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva, p. 74

02 March 2015

Contemplation: Fired by the Highest Aspiration

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
Always fired by the highest aspiration,
Laboring to implement the antidotes,
You will gather virtues in the fields
Of qualities, of  benefits, of sorrow.
Santideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva, p. 73

23 February 2015

Contemplation: Catching Sight of Others

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
catching sight of others, think
That it will be through them
That you come to Buddhahood.
So look on them with open, loving hearts.
Santideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva, p. 73

17 February 2015

Announcement: Tonight's meditation is cancelled

Due to inclement weather, tonight's regularly scheduled meditation at the UUCA is cancelled.  I encourage everyone to please: Take good care of your health, attend to the needs of your neighbors as best you can, and make some time for nembutsu practice--an excellent way to brighten up a cold hour.  Here are some instructions that should get you going on that.


16 February 2015

Contemplation: Speak with Honest Words

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
Speak with honest words, coherently,
With candor, in a clear, harmonious voice.
Abandon partiality, rejection, and attraction,
And speak with moderation, gently.
Santideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva, p. 73