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    The Tigress Jataka

    Long, long ago, ages before the bodhisattva attained perfect enlightenment and became the Buddha of our world-age known as Shakyamuni, he was born into a family of wealthy Brahmins. He grew up learning the wisdom, rituals, and skills of his station. When he was grown he was honored. Nobles saw that he had the bearing of a king; the wise looked up to him as a sage. Warriors and merchants felt he had the wisdom of a leader. . .

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    Buddha's Enlightenment

    [From the forthcoming book, Before Buddha Was Buddha, by Rafe Martin, Wisdom Publications, Spring 2018.] When Prince Siddhartha Gautama was twenty-nine he was struck by the reality of aging, sickness, and death . . .

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    Great King Goodness

    Through the testing of his resolve and the fires of life experience, the Bodhisattva rises to another level. The great gift he gives is non-violence. Having saved many lives and established justice and harmony, he brings peace to two realms, actually, to three . . .

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    The Golden Bird

    Let’s go back to childhood before we knew were Buddhists, before we really knew much more than that the grass was green, and the sky blue. In the Grimm’s Brothers’ tale of “The Golden Bird,” . . .

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    A Few Words on Jukai

    Zazen sitting is the foundation of our practice. But getting up, leaving the zendo, and living meaningfully is the point. Realization experiences, moments of actually dropping attachment to the concept of an interior . . .

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    The Zen of Tarzan

    Let me tell you a little story from a youth spent or mis-spent reading Tarzan comics. Once a year DC put out a gorgeous, extra-thick Tarzan annual. It had a wonderful animal painting on the cover, different each year...

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