3 Scriptural Evidence of Why There is No “Creator God” in Buddhism

3 Scriptural Evidence of Why There is No “Creator God” in Buddhism   Does a creator “God” exist? Who created “God”?  Is there really such a “ loving God” who creates the Universe, controls the destinies of everyone and everything, and condemns those who do not believe in him to […]

Dhammapada: The Story of Thera Sariputta’s Friend

Dhammapada: The Story of Thera Sariputta’s Friend While residing at the Veluvana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (108) of this book, with reference to a friend of Thera Sariputta. On one occasion Thera Sariputta asked his friend, a brahmin, whether he was doing any meritorious deeds and he replied that […]

Deciphering the Lotus Sutra: Commentary by Daisaku Ikeda (Chapter 3)

Deciphering the Lotus Sutra: Commentary by Daisaku Ikeda (Chapter 3) Simile and Parable: Compassion and Wisdom Distilled to Their Fragrant Essence #1 The heart of the [Lotus] sutra is compassion, a determination to save all living beings, a profound empathy that feels the sufferings of other living beings as one’s […]

Maudgalyayana Endures the Effects of Past Karma

    Maudgalyayana Endures the Effects of Past Karma Maudgalyayana, the Buddha’s other chief disciple, and Shariputra’s lifelong friend, met his own end two weeks later. But his death was not as peaceful, even though he too had long since become an arhat. As an arhat, he would never again […]

Buddhist-Muslim Interaction: Historiographical Bias

Buddhist-Muslim Interaction: Historiographical Bias   There is a long history of Muslims being regarded by the Christian West as the forces of the devil. This began at the end of the eleventh century CE with the Crusades to take the Holy Lands from the Muslims. It continued with the fall […]

One Powerful Verse of Resurrection in the Lotus Sutra

The One Powerful Verse of Resurrection in the Lotus Sutra     Many people benefit from the practice of the Lotus Sutra. It doesn’t matter if you chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo or simply embrace the loving-kindness of Avalokitesvara, you will definitely see positive change and transformations in your life. […]

Gosho Study #16: On Persecutions Befalling the Sage

Gosho Study #16: On Persecutions Befalling the Sage Each of you should summon up the courage (lit heart) of a lion kin g and never succumb to threats from anyone. The lion king fears no other beast, nor do its cubs. Slanderers are like barking foxes, but Nichiren’s followers are […]

10 Inspirational Quotes from The Art of Happiness

10 Inspirational Quotes from The Art of Happiness His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the jolly Buddha who exudes an aura of joy and happiness. Nearly every time you get a chance to see him, he is either laughing or smiling, which brings the sun of warmth […]

Big Idea, Big Stupid, Big Realization

Big Idea, Big Stupid, Big Realization  By Dosho Port of Nebraska Zen Center  In a letter written by Hakuin in 1734 (Complete Plum Blossoms in a Thicket of Thorn, “187.  To Layman Ishii”), he makes a powerful point about our practice, colorfully stated, “While you are engaged in practice, if anyone […]