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By Thich Nhat Hanh

In his acclaimed nationwide bestseller, Living Buddha, residing Christ, well known philosopher and pupil Thich Nhat Hanh explored the deep connections among Christianity and Buddhism. Be nonetheless and Know makes use of decisions from his groundbreaking paintings to create a guide of meditations and reflections that reawaken our knowing of either religions--and enhance our day-by-day lives via own contemplation. it really is an suggestion to all who embody its common message of peace--a profound and relocating paintings that illuminates the world's maximum traditions of religious inspiration, written by way of a guy who's thought of by means of many to be a "living Buddha."

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An action that embodies compassion is wholesome and one that does not is unwholesome. Any action, small or large, affects self and other. Cause brings forth effect. Thus, the dualistic perspective of Buddhist ethics—good and bad, right and wrong—is based on nondualism. Here emerges a fundamental dilemma of Buddhism. If one focuses merely on prajnā, one may say that there is no good and bad, and one may become indifferent and possibly destructive. On the other hand, if one only thinks of cause and effect, one may not be able to understand prajnā.

44 Toward the Ultimate Simplicity During the five years between 1248 and 1252, Dōgen gave more than fifty formal talks each year. He wrote further guidelines on monastic activities. Although he did not write any new fascicles of The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, he presented the fascicle “Face Washing,”45 first written in 1239, to his community for the third time. By giving detailed instructions on formal ways of cleansing, he emphasized the importance of cleanliness both inside and out. 46 In the fall of 1252 he became sick.

In 1217 Dōgen became a disciple of Butsuju Myōzen, Eisai’s successor as abbot of the Kennin Monastery. We can assume that Dōgen was trained by Myōzen in kōan* studies, which was the principal method of training in the Linji School. Kōans are exemplary stories of ancient masters pointing to realization, which are investigated by students under the personal guidance of their teacher and which may lead to direct experience of the nondual aspect of all things beyond intellect. In 1221 Dōgen received a certificate of full accomplishment from Myōzen.

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