The Buddhist Monk's Discipline: Some Points Explained …
the Chinese Buddhist monk Taixu wrote a letter to ..
And in hospital training the persistent encounter with old age, debilitation, and death continuously reinforces the words of the cemetery meditations: "Verily, also my own body is of the same nature; such it will become and will not escape it." Similarly, in order to acquire a vivid mental image of the cemetery meditations, Buddhist monks occasionally visit graveyards to behold corpses in various stages of decay. However, such experiences bear fruit only if one takes advantage of them and avoids the temptation to ignore and forget.
he made the vows of a Buddhist monk
Buddhists are intent on hearing this Discourse even in the last moments of their lives; and at the bed-side of a dying Buddhist either monks or laymen recite this venerated text.
Sexual assaults and violent rages..
For the last year I have been a member of a Shambhala center because of transportation limitations that prevent me from getting to a Zen center where I live. Shambhala is arguably Tibetan, and I see little that is actually Buddhist there. It seems more like Hinduism, what w/ the countless deities, power mantras, the strong reliance on teachers, etc. Of course Trungpa put his own unique spin on things, and some of what they do is patently nonsense that was dreamed up by him. They, however, believe it. I manage to practice there by limiting my activities. Those consist of attending a Sunday 2 hr sitting and walking meditation, participating in the following lunch, and attending the Tuesday nite compassion meditations. That’s it. They seem to be fixated on book readings, and money is an essential part of the Shambhala path. As Stephen mentioned, we are talking about latte liberals that are sort of playing the game. Compared to a Zen center (yeah, I know, comparisons, but sometimes they are fine), the level of commitment and intent is very low. I have met some very nice people though, just as I have met some very nice Christians that wanted to practice what Jesus taught and not the Bible.
Inside the dark world of Buddhist teacher Sogyal Rinpoche
If anything, (in my honest opinion) Nagarjuna reiterated and clarified the historical Buddha’s Dhamma/Dharma, the interpretation of which had become confused by the speculations of the Abidhamma/Abidharma schools. Why is Nagarjuna’s treatise not included in the Pali Canon? Probably, because (1) he expounded it in Sanskrit, and (2) he quite probably had no contact with the developing (Theravada) schools of thought of other countries.