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Recently I have been conducting a once a month study group in Oakland to cover everything from the Buddha’s basic teachings up to and including the Lotus Sūtra. We recently discussed the Dhammapada and I had a chance to again read various translations. I actually have a list of these translations and the other books [...]

Emptiness (Pāli suññatā, Sanskrit śūnyatā) is a shocking word to use about the nature of all things including our own lives and yet that is the word the Buddha chose to use on several occasions. Some people have suggested that it should perhaps be translated with the gentler term “openness” or perhaps the more abstract [...]

Of the Buddha’s teachings regarding morality and self-discipline, it is my feeling that those regarding right speech are what most of us go against the most often. After all, how many of us have committed murder or would even be likely to? How many of us have taken something that was not given of such [...]