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In celebration of Buddha Journey’s ONE YEAR birthday, let’s have a give-away!

All the simple things you need for a simple daily practice and meditation: a small Buddha statue, mala beads, incense, and of course my book Making Friends With Our Mind.

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Yantras ยันต๎                                                                                                  


19th century, Image and desription via The British Library: “Manual containing yantra designs for various purposes including tattooing, the production of protective clothes and battle standards.   Illustrations: Yantra designs on all folios”  Copyright © The British Library Board

                       

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Thai                                                                                                

 Physical Description                                                                                

  • Materials: Paper folding book (samut khoi)
  • Dimensions: 500 mm x 202 mm
  • Script: Khom script, a variant of Khmer script used in Thailand, and Thai script in yellow ink on blackened paper
  • Binding: Covers with cream cotton fabric



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How To Practice Zen

Cleansing and making ready the heart is even more important than our external form. In addition to letting go of desires for fame and fortune or any depraved thoughts, you must throw away all thoughts about Zen and follow the directives of the teacher, as well as the teachings of the Buddha and the Zen ancestors. This is the way that leads to the essential buddha of the True Self.

—Kōun Yamada, Zen: The Authentic Gate

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Mirrors as Symbols

I’ve always liked the image of the mirror and moon, and I like to write down notes on people’s different interpretations of it. 

In Buddhism, mirrors aren’t necessarily a good thing when it comes to enlightenment. From A to Z Photo Dictionary: “It reflects the lesson that life is an illusion, for the mirror does not represent reality, just a reflection of reality.”

It seems a bit too simplistic to me. Because who says the reflection isn’t the one looking at us?

This is expressed in case 52 in the Book of Equanimity (a collection of Zen koans used predominantly in the Soto Zen sect).

Sozan asked Toku Joza, “Buddha’s true dharmakaya is like the vast sky. Its conforming to things and manifesting shapes is like the moon in the water. How can this principle of conforming be expressed?”

Toku said, “It’s like the donkey seeing the well.”

Sozan remarked, “Well said, but that’s only eighty percent of it.”

Toku rejoined, “How about you, Osho?”

Sozan replied, “The well sees the donkey.”

Oh man, when I read this and tried to parse it, my head started to hurt. So the donkey sees his reflection in the well. He sees it. He acknowledges it. If we go back to the A to Z Photo Dictionary, we can maybe say the donkey understands that his reflection does not represent reality, but just a reflection.

In Gerry Shishin Wick’s commentary on case 52, he writes, “The original mind is like a mirror reflecting whatever comes in front of it.” That makes sense to me.

But then we read that the well–or the reflection of the donkey in the well–sees the donkey back in return. So which one is the reflection? Is the donkey a reflection, or is the well?

Head bursts.


Here’s another example of mirrors used as symbolism. According to Light of Truth Universal Shrine, the mirror plays an important role as the symbol of Amaterasu’s spirit. They quote Jinno Shotoki: “The mirror hides nothing. It shines without a selfish mind. Everything good and bad, right and wrong, is reflected without fail. The mirror is the source of honesty because it has the virtue of responding to the shape of object. It points out the fairness and impartiality of the divine will.”

I don’t practice Shinto, but I like the imagery of the mirror showing us our true selves. The mirror can help ourselves stay honest.

Connecting that back to Buddhism, we can use the mirror to analyze ourselves, but we need to be careful because we can’t delude ourselves into thinking that the reflection/analysis actually IS ourselves.


In a more modern sense, mirrors can also be seen as a symbol of vanity. But like selfies, being comfortable with yourself and with your reflection is an important part of healing. (BUT don’t pressure yourself to examine yourself in the mirror if it can be dangerous for you.) So instead of being “vain” to look at yourself in the mirror, it can be empowering. We can reclaim our bodies, our images, and our true selves by using mirrors and selfies to show the world we are not afraid to love and care about ourselves.


What do mirrors symbolize for you? I’d love to hear folk stories, personal experiences, etc!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: New book by Quang Trí!

Brothers and sisters,

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce my new book, The Buddha Journey: Questions & Answers for the Awakening Mind!! 

As you can hopefully tell by the title, it will be a book version of the Buddha Journey blog, filled with over 100 questions that all those new, curious, beginning or advancing in their journey would ask - hopefully!

However, I am not completely finished just yet - because I use real, usually paraphrased, questions from all of you - I am still adding more questions to the book.

SO, I am setting a CUT-OFF date of June 30, 2015 of when I’ll stop adding any new (good) questions to the book. So, if you have any questions that have not been asked before (please be sure to look around and check the FAQs page), please use the time between now and June 30 to ask them!

I am so excited and so looking forward to this second book to share with all of you!!! :D


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Become a Sponsor!

After some success with my first book, Making Friends with Our Mind: A Basic Guide to Buddhist Meditation, I am writing my second book! Titled The Buddhist Journey: Questions and Answers for the Awakening Mind. The first chapter of the book will include the history of prince Siddartha, his enlightenment, and life as a Buddha. The second chapter is the major basic information of Buddhism; four noble truths, eightfold path, dependent origination, karma, and meditation. The third chapter will follow the question-and-answer format of this website. It will end with some prayers and chants, and a glossary of Buddhist terms.

Book details: It will be a 5.25 x 8 inch book. Colored cover. Black and white interior on white pages. Roughly 200-250 pages. Estimated time of publication is December 2014-January 2015.

I am offering you a chance to sponsor and be part of this book! The deadline to contribute as a sponsor is September 28, 2014. You will have three options to contribute as a sponsor:

Option 1: With a $10 sponsorship, your desired name will be contributed on the “Thank You” page of the book.

Option 2: With a $25 sponsorship, your desired name will be contributed on the “Thank You” page of the book, and you will receive a copy of the new book.

Option 3: With a $50 sponsorship, your desired name will be contributed on the “Thank You” page of the book, and you will receive a copy of the new book.

Or you can contribute any amount or contribute as an anonymous sponsor if desired (note: amount must be $10 or more to have your desired name contributed to the book).

maythugteen  asked:

Did you or have you or are you reading any books that have helped w your journey to a more loving peaceful outlook on life and yourself? :)

Honestly i should, but i have not yet found that book. I see a lot of great quotes online, specifically tumblr that i sometimes like and/or usr as mantras to help me through difficult times. The most i do i push happiness when it is most needed. When i get upset or angry i accept what is happening and try to repeat at least one positive thing from the situation. Usually i will fond motr than one, but when that is not possible i find one and keep positivity through that.

~~But PLEASE please feel free, anyone to send me some good reads that can help me on my journey.
~~Either a good meditation book, or Buddhist, anything positive or living life to the fullest. This would be much appreciated!!