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By Thich Nhat Hanh, Natalie Goldberg

While Thich Nhat Hanh was once a 24-year-old monk, he fell desperately in love with a nun of 20. He couldn’t sleep, and stayed up all evening writing poetry. This booklet faucets that have in an bold double narrative that interweaves his thoughts of that old flame with the way it was once transmuted into boddhichitta with a considerate examine of the Mahayana Buddhist sutras. via this strange procedure, Nhat Hanh exhibits readers tips on how to nurture their very own "mind of love" and produce pleasure and wish to themselves and people round them.

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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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