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    Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? (A Sit-a-Long Series)

    Dear All Bodhisattvas!

    Here is our series of 'sit-a-longs' looking at several of the famous "Greats" among the Bodhisattvas ... Kannon, Maitreya, Manjusri, Jizo, Samantabhadra, Vimalakīrti and others ... as well as the qualities of a Bodhisattva which can manifest in any of our words, thoughts and actions in life ...

    This series is greatly inspired by Taigen Dan Leighton's wonderful book "Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression"./
    http://www.amazon.com/Faces-Compassi.../dp/0861713338


    I - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva?
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...dhisattva.html

    II - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - The Virtue of Generosity
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...enerosity.html

    III - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - The Virtue of the Precepts
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...-precepts.html

    IV - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - The Virtue of Patience
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...-patience.html

    V - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - The Virtue of Effort
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...of-effort.html

    VI- Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - The Virtue of Meditation
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...editation.html

    VII - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - The Virtue of Wisdom
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...of-wisdom.html

    VIII - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - The Virtue of Skillful Means
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...ful-means.html

    IX - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - The Virtue of Vow & Commitment
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...ommitment.html

    X - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - The Virtue of Mystical Powers
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...al-powers.html

    XI - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - (MORE) The Virtue of Mystical Powers
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...al-powers.html

    XII - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - The Virtue of Knowledge
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...knowledge.html

    XIII - Whattsa NOT'SA Bodhisattva? Living Devil: Mara
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...ing-devil.html

    XIV - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Shakyamuni
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...hakyamuni.html

    XV - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Manjushri
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...manjushri.html

    XVI - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Samantabhadra
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...ntabhadra.html

    XVII - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Avalokiteshvara (Kannon)
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...ra-kannon.html

    XVIII - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Kshitigarbha (Jizo)
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...rbha-jizo.html

    XIX - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? - Maitreya
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...-maitreya.html

    XX - Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva - Vimalakīrti
    http://www.treeleaf.org/sit-a-long/w...malakirti.html

    Gassho, Jundo
    Last edited by Jundo; 08-03-2012 at 01:36 AM.

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    Re: Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? (A Sit-a-Long Series)

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    Thanks, Jundo. I have been watching one of these videos each day. I am up to number 7 now. They have all been great!

    Gassho,
    Rick

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    Great will watch one with each sit!

    C

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    Starting this series now. Thank you Jundo!

    Gassho
    Lisa
    sat today

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    Whattsa Who'sa Bodhisattva? (A Sit-a-Long Series)

    XI: is Dogen saying mind reading ability and other mystical powers is not the point of Buddhism? The point (or one of the points) is penetrate one's own mind and when we do we can begin to understand the minds of others. I do not mean read someone's else's mind but understand the nature of the mind. When we understand the nature of the mind, it helps us find the skillful means to guide ourselves and others away from suffering. That is how I understood it or am I way off the mark?


    ..sat2day•合掌

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    XI: is Dogen saying mind reading ability and other mystical powers is not the point of Buddhism? The point (or one of the points) is penetrate one's own mind and when we do we can begin to understand the minds of others. I do not mean read someone's else's mind but understand the nature of the mind. When we understand the nature of the mind, it helps us find the skillful means to guide ourselves and others away from suffering. That is how I understood it or am I way off the mark?


    ..sat2day•合掌
    Hi Troy,

    I believe you are correct. He was downplaying literal "ESP" mindreading, but not the "mindreading" of understanding the conditions and suffering of the human mind. He also spoke of the miracle of seemingly ordinary acts, such as hauling water or scratching one's nose.

    Gassho, J

    SatToday
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you Jundo thank you for all these videos


    ..sat2day•合掌

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    Many thanks for this excellent series of talks. Just finished watching the video on the 'paramita of patience' which I found inspiring.

    Gassho

    Cathy

    Sat today
    Gassho,

    Cathy

    Sat today

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    I really enjoyed this series of talks. Thank you.

    Gassho,

    Shoka
    sattoday

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    'We are never done with wrestling with the devil so long as we're alive'. I loved your talk on Mara and compassion. I remember reading somewhere that Mara can be all the anxieties, fears and general 'hang-ups',
    i.e. emotional baggage that plague our small mind, inhibit our compassion and haunt our sitting. That is certainly my experience. Thank you again for your inspiration.
    Gassho
    Cathy
    Sat today
    Gassho,

    Cathy

    Sat today

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    Tai Shi
    std
    Gassho


    To be be kind as the doctor
    Who lovingly so her surgical
    Skill had dug deep into my
    Duodenum, pit of my being,
    Bleeding to death, I had
    Nearly bled out, kindness
    Elusively evaded my very move
    Before the dreamless night
    Of surgery, I made her
    Surgeon, guardian, angle second
    To none, as I almost lost vital
    Signs, BP had dropped, she soldered
    My intestinal opening valves back
    Together, and at first Kindness
    To that young nurse, picking
    Selecting who would make
    Life, the change had grow, as house
    Ukrainian woman I thought
    Did half job in ICU, and three
    Days on into critical care
    I condescendingly gave love
    To German girl taking my vitals,
    Onto to Behavioral death not far
    From Death into ward B, I did
    Not deserve the diagnosis, then
    Bipolar from 37 years they'd
    Called schizo and finally
    Right DIAGNOSIS bipolar everything
    Fell into place; I knew why I
    Behaved, kindness flooded
    As I sang Alleluia unto Him
    Jesus flooded my very being
    Everyone on Behavioral Health
    Hospital saw this instant,
    Six months later I would,
    Give great hosanna to Guard
    With whom I had screamed
    Explained how sorry I was
    Sold every stick of cameras
    Twenty-five hundred dollars
    For my wife, she gave me
    Harmonicas, lovingly harmonicas
    I gave her a beautiful hardwood
    Table, beautiful couch, stain
    Resistant and Kindness
    Flowed as she agreed
    To an allowance of sixty
    Dollars, the rest of my retirement
    For my share of bills, still
    There lingered for five years
    Eruption of anger we fought
    Like child tantrums, I realized
    This could no longer could
    Blanket our pain from denigrated
    Neck Ankylosing Spondylitis
    Eating central nervous of my
    Neck depression, I accepted
    My medication, actually asked
    My psychiatrist for loving
    Relief, pain depression actually
    Level 10 became Level four
    My love returned despite
    Degeneration of spine
    Eating away, finally Cimzia
    Least amount of medication
    Opiates lowered from 60 mg
    To relief my brain, I gave
    To my dear Computer Skype,
    Hangout, we became full
    Friends, changes, kindness
    Returned through non-division
    I Loved my wife less demanding
    My daughter allowed success
    Or fibular of being to non-succeed,
    If so be it, full acceptance, I
    Saw, depression lift, I could
    Actually feel again this Kindness
    Return, as my body relinquished
    Pain, still I could never walk
    Miles again, surgery of Rhizotomy
    Became part of solution
    I was going to be alright, alright,
    Alright Alleluia returned, All
    Right with God Zen, meditation
    Worked forty minutes or more
    I was finally returning to full kindness
    NEVER hit cat, or human with anger
    With hand or dark words, great gratitude
    Returned for my life saved by that woman who
    Dug deep int valve to allow passage of food
    I was Alright, Alleluia, sing broken voice
    Wept again at simple kindness Alright,
    I had returned from Pain depression,
    Full return from the dead, now living.
    Thank you decision to Bodhisattva,
    Thank you., thank you, thank you.


    Copyright 2017 Charles Taylors
    For the end is to know the beginning, to know the beginning is to know the end for the first time.

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