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Desert Diamond 10-26-2016

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Beloved Sangha:


Last week I as asked the question, “Is there such a thing as a Gay Buddhist?” And my answer was “No.” Just exactly what did I mean by this, and was this an anti-gay statement? Yes I shall hereby answer the question, and no, ...

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Desert Diamond 10-16-2016

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)


October 16, 2016


Beloved Sangha:


It has often been asked me, nay, even demanded of me, that Temple White Lotus define itself, by hook or by crook, as a ‘Gay’ Temple. Until now, I have resisted the temptation to take the bait…but sometimes, one lies by one’s silence.


I would like to borrow a pa...

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Dharma Point: Renunciation

Posted on June 21, 2016 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Renunciation


Dharma thought for the week, and perhaps I shall elaborate upon this further: It is a thought about Renunciation.


Renunciation is one of the most basic foundation grounds of the Buddhist spiritual and ethical path; without it, one is not really a Buddhist at all. However, Renunciation has often gotten a 'bum wrap' and laden with emotional baggage in our Western Culture.

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Statement Concerning the Terror Attacks in Orlando, Florida

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Terror: A Buddhist Perspective

Statement from the White Lotus Temple, Las Vegas in Response to the Pulse Nightclub Shootings

 

This is a cautionary tale that the Buddha would have utilized as a parable...a teaching moment of Dharma for us.

 

Indeed, he would point out that to react to this type of violence and all such worldly tempests without due Mindfulness and sobriety, we fall into a very unique trap of our own devising...nay, an ideological cage...

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Saka Dawa Part II

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Saka Dawa: An Ancient Practice for a Modern World – Part II

---Rev. William L. Chamberlin, (Orgyen Jampa Dorje)

In the previous article, we discussed who the Buddha was, some rudimentary information about Karma, and how Merit fits in with both. In this second article, I would like to introduce the practice or Observance of Saka Dawa, proper.

For Tibetans, the full moon of the fourth month (May 21 this year, roughly) is a most auspicious day, for it is the day that ...

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Saga Dawa, Part I

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Saka Dawa: An Ancient Practice for A Modern World – Part I

--Orgyen Jampa Dorje (Rev. William L. Chamberlin, Temple White Lotus, LLC.)

If it can be said that Buddhists, particularly those of the Vajrayana variety, had a Christmas and Easter celebration/holiday combined, it would be the one known as Saka Dawa, which normally can last an entire month from the first week of May through the first week of June; the dates are sometimes fluid. The most auspicious day would be on th...

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Taking Refuge

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I would like to share some thoughts concerning the Buddhist notion of Taking Refuge and the Five Precepts. This by no means represents all traditions or lineages of Buddhism, but is intended as a general guideline….a generic ‘food for thought’ statement, as it were.

The moment you have formulated the intent to Take Refuge in the Triple Gems (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha) you have, for all practical purposes, already done so; any further ceremonies, rites or externalities t...

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When Terror Strikes: A Buddhist Perspective

Posted on December 3, 2015 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a cautionary tale that the Buddha would have utilized as a parable...a teaching moment of Dharma for us.

 

Indeed, he would point out that to react to this type of violence and all such worldly tempests without due Mindfulness and sobriety, we fall into a very unique trap of our own devising...nay, an ideological cage...an ethical and Dharmic dilemna.

 

By this, I mean that if in the name of upholding values such as human dignity, right to worship, ...

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The Eight Winds

Posted on August 30, 2015 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Eight Winds—Dharma for 8/30/2015

Profit and loss, defamation and fame, praise and blame, suffering and joy; all of these are impermanent; and thus, why should any of them cause satisfaction or dissatisfaction?

---- Mahasamghika Vinaya

 

In Buddhism, these are known simply as the Eight Winds. What are your thoughts on this short but very profound Sutra passage?...

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Dharma for August 20

Posted on August 20, 2015 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Dharma Reading for August 20:

 

Thus have I heard:

 

How is one concerned with his own good and the good of others? Concerning this, one is concerned with the restraint of greed, hatred and delusion in himself, and he incites others to the same restraint.

 

Thus have I heard.

 

Namo Buddhaya!

Daily Dharma -- August 18 and 19

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

August 18:

 

Thus have I heard:

 

What people expect to happen is often different from what actually happens. Thus does disappointment arise. This is the way the world works.

 

August 19:

 

There are these three types of sick person to be found in the world. What three?

 

There is ...

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Daily Dharma for August 17

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Daily Dharma For August 17

Thus have I heard:

I tell you this: let an intelligent person come to me who is sincere, honest and straightforward, and I will instruct him, I will teach him Dhamma. If he practices as he is taught, then in seven years he will attain in this very life by his own knowledge and vision that for the sake of which young men go forth from home into homelessness, and he will abide in it. Never mind sev...

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Daily Dharma for August 16

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Daily Dharma for August 16

Thus have I heard:

Just as the River Ganges flows towards, inclines towards, tends towards the East -- so too, one who cultivates and develops the Noble Eightfold Path flows towards, inclines towards and tends towards Nirvana.

Thus have I heard.

Namo Buddhaya!

Daily Dharma for August 15

Posted on August 15, 2015 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Daily Dharma for August 15

 

Polaiya the wanderer came to visit the Lord, greeting him courteously, and sat down at one side, and as he did, the Lord said to him:

"Potaliya, there are these four persons found in the world. What four? Concerning this, one criticizes that which deserves criticism at the right time, saying what is factual and true, but he does not praise that which deserves praise. Aga...

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New Moon Ancestral Remembrance Rite

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

New Moon Ancestral Remembrance Rite, open to Initiate Members of the Temple Sangha --- closed to the Public otherwise.

 

All, however, can include names/intentions to be included in the Rite and Fire Puja.


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