At the risk of being permanently labeled “that guy who does nothing but bitch about what’s wrong with everyone else’s approach to Buddhism but rarely advances his own cogent ideas or practical solutions,” allow me to explain what I think multiyana would mean and how it could be put into practice and why I think it’s important or worth talking about in some sort of general way.
the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
The very definition of a bodhisattva is one who forsakes final and complete nirvana for the sake of others, to help all other sentient beings attain nirvana first. Why? Because the bodhisattva knows that if just one person is unenlightened, nobody gets enlightened.
This was passed to me today by one of my colleagues here at the IBS. It’s from a 15th century Tibetan source (I think), and it’s best to imagine the final “m’s” of the chants to be long and drawn out, with the lips closed, humming: The sewers of Benares are filled with all kinds […]
Form is emptiness. Emptiness is form. This is the big idea in all the prajña-paramita sutras. Paramita means “perfection,” that which leads to the other shore of awakening. Prajña means wisdom. This is one of the fundamental practices of bodhisattvas, of those who strive to awaken all living things. But not just any wisdom. It’s […]
There’s a kid in my class named Jay. He lives in H Block, technically a lower security building within San Quentin, but according to my director and the guys who live there, the guards are particularly rough on them as if they were lifers or some lower order of prison being. As an instructor, this […]