The Wisdom Blog: Classic & Contemporary Buddhism

February 2019

February 14, 2019
by Alexandra Makkonen

Have you ever seen someone laughing in the rain? Or someone stoop-shouldered, shuffling along on a green and sunny day? Perhaps in a time of crisis you’ve seen someone respond with resolve and energy, and someone else collapse into fear or despair. Maybe someone you know gets testy and then you know it’s best to leave them alone...

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Have you ever seen someone laughing in the rain? Or someone stoop-shouldered, shuffling along on...

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February 6, 2019
by Alexandra Makkonen

The following text is a translation of Atiśa's instructions on the practice of Madhyamaka in meditation. Special Instructions on the Middle Way, along with Entry to the Two Realities, are considered by traditional Gelukpa historians to be the two foremost textual teachings (gzhung) on the view (lta...

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The following text is a translation of Atiśa's instructions on the practice of Madhyamaka in...

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February 1, 2019
by Alexandra Makkonen

1. THUS HAVE I HEARD. Once the Lord was staying at Rajagaha, in Jivaka Komarabhacca's mango-grove, together with a large company of some twelve hundred and fifty monks. And at that time King Ajatasattu Vedehiputta of Magadha, having gone up to the roof of his palace, was sitting there surrounded by his ministers, on the fifteenth...

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1. THUS HAVE I HEARD. Once the Lord was staying at Rajagaha, in Jivaka Komarabhacca's mango-...

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