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April 12 2012 Buddhism Newsletter


Hi all,

Happy Spring! So far this month I have a new article, an update of an old one, and a mini book review for you:

The Trikaya In Tibetan Buddhism
In Mahayana Buddhism, particularly Tibetan Buddhism, three 'bodies' or 'kayas' are used to explain the nature of Buddhahood and reality - a 'truth body', a 'mutual enjoyment body', and a body in space and time. Learn a bit about this fascinating teaching.

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art176069.asp

The Noble Eightfold Path for Children
The Noble Eightfold Path is a foundation Buddhist teaching consisting of the eight components of the Buddhist path. Here's some suggestions for introducing children to each of them - great for adults of any faith too!

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art171535.asp

In the Buddhism forum, in addition to threads on the above articles, I have also posted a mini-review of the book The Posture of Meditation: A Practical Manual for Meditators of All Traditions, by Will Johnson.

http://forums.bellaonline.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/756581/Mini_Review_The_Posture_of_Med#Post756581


In closing, here is a passage from the Suvarna Prabhasa, or 'Golden Light' sutra, one Mahayana sutra that discusses the Trikaya (although not in this exceprt:)

"These great elements have no great origination.
Originating from the unoriginated, they lack origination.
Since that which originates does not originate,
I have called them the great elements.
They do not exist and do not ever exist.
Due to ignorance, they come into being.

Ignorance itself does not exist.
Thus, I have called it ignorance.
Action, consciousness, name and form,
The six sources, contact, feeling,
Craving, grasping and existence too,
Birth, aging and death, sorrows and afflictions
These comprise the twelve links of dependent origination.

The inconceivable sufferings of cyclic existence
As they operate in the wheel of life
Have originated from the unoriginated;
Thus, they are without origination,
Free from discursive, conceptual thought.

Cut the view of self existence;
Sever the net of afflictions;
Brandish the sword of knowledge;
Behold the abode of aggregates as empty;
In this way, enlightenment shall be reached.

I have opened the door to the city of nectar
And thoroughly entered into its abode."

In Peace,

Lisa Erickson, Buddhism Editor
http://buddhism.bellaonline.com

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