By Philip C. Almond
This can be the 1st booklet to ascertain the British discovery of Buddhism through the Victorian interval. It was once simply in the course of the 19th century that Buddhism turned, within the western brain, a non secular culture cut loose Hinduism. for this reason, Buddha emerge from a realm of fantasy and was once addressed as a historic determine. Almond's exploration of British interpretations of Buddhism--of its founder, its doctrines, its ethics, its social practices, its fact and value--illuminates greater than some of the elements of Buddhist tradition: it sheds gentle at the Victorian society making those decisions.
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Give them up altogether. Be mindful and listen with attention and care. Do not focus too intently, picking out individual words and points, like a dremo bear digging up marmots--each time you seize one item, you forget the one before, and will never get to understand the whole. Too much concentration also makes you sleepy. Instead, keep a balance between tight and loose. Once, in the past, Ananda was teaching Sror:ta to meditate. Sror:ta had great difficulty getting it right. Sometimes he was too tense, sometimes too relaxed.
6 The Mantra Vehicle is sublime. The Mantrayana can be entered by many routes. It contains many methods for accumulating merit and wisdom, and profound skilful means to make the potential within us manifest' without our having to undergo great hardships. The basis for these methods is the way we direct our aspirations: Everything is circumstantial And depends entirely on one's aspiration. Do not consider the place where the Dharma is being taught, the teacher, the teachings and so on as ordinary and impure.
If you remember incorrectly what has been said, endless wrong ideas will proliferate. 19 This will spoil your mind and debase the teaching. Avoid all these errors and remember everything-the words, the meaning and the order of the teachings-properly and without any mistake. However long and difficult the teaching may be, do not feel disheartened and wonder if it will ever end; persevere. And however short and simple it may be, do not undervalue it as just elementary. To remember both words and meaning perfectly, in the right order and with everything properly linked together, is therefore indispensable.
The British Discovery of Buddhism by Philip C. Almond