To be or to not be…. your own refuge!

To be or to not be.... your own refuge! What does it mean to be your own refuge? Does faith play a role in Buddhism?

五停心観 GOJŌSHIN-KAN – Five Hindrances Meditation

五停心観 GOJŌSHIN-KAN The Five Meditations for Stopping the mind, aka Five Meditations for mental stability, are a traditional set of Indian meditations taught by Zhiyi – the founder of Chinese Tiantai (Japanese Tendai). These traditaional practices are a way of calming the mind, eliminating the delusional mind, and for overcoming the Five Hindrances (五蓋) of… Continue reading 五停心観 GOJŌSHIN-KAN – Five Hindrances Meditation


HONGAKU – ORIGINAL ENLIGHTENMENT Original Enlightenment, although related to Buddhanature (Tathagata-garbha) is a different teaching. Original Enlightenment (also innate enlightenment) is the view that Enlightenment is not something to be gained, but rather we are already enlightened, we just need to realise it. The reason we can’t see this is because there is a veil… Continue reading Hongaku

5 Periods 8 Teachings

Goji Hakkyō 五時八教 5 Periods 8 Teachings The following is a brief summary of Chih-i’s classification of the Buddhist Sutras. Chih-i, using examples found in the Lotus and Nirvana Sutras, put the sutras into Five Periods, or Flavours. The flavours start with pure milk and move through a process of cream, curds, butter and ghee,… Continue reading 5 Periods 8 Teachings