The Artist of Life: 80 pages, 33 pages of text plus 60 full color prints of my own paintings and artwork. This book is also offered in a Kindle e-Book version from Amazon.com. This book inspires us to live our life as a natural person who transcends our set ideas and concepts and into a living art that applies to the very nature of who we are as human beings.
The Shining Light: The Basic Book of 258 pages. This book goes beyond authorized teachings and standardized procedures to get at the heart and flesh of our modern predecessors and their teachings, and present these teachings in a fresh evocative way that will inspire us to go forward, enlighting us into the wondrous world of one's buddha-nature.
After Long Meditation Roger Adams 11/19/2017
The Buddha saw the fixed self, the ego-shell, as the cause of all things evil. That the three poisons of greed, anger, and ignorance were coming from this source. These three poisons are likened to dirt that has to be washed away in order to be cleansed of them and enter the spacious freedom of the Pure Mind. Both physically and mentally dirt accumulates like a stinky washroom that must be cleaned up. Taking this aspect to heart the Buddha declared that since all life is impermanent the washing away aspect is essential in order to be in harmony with the natural state of affairs based on impermanence, the freshness of life itself.
The Buddha accepted people on the basis of being friends with them. Except for those who were insane he could communicate his life to all others as friends. As part of this huge sangha of followers, students, and fellow practitioners, how wonderful it was and is to have so many people interested in the same thing of non-attachment to self, the very basis of Buddhism. The power of the living spirit, the pure mind, and the awakened self.
So, the end result of self-realization is within the emptiness of selflessness. But, just thinking that one is a good person who is already there and blessed is not good enough.
The noble self exists in Self, alone. Alone means without any attachment to worldly things or worldly affairs. Such is the power of being at one with life itself. This is what moves people and the world itself. Do we not worship this unknowable source and bow with hands clasped in reverence to our deepest aspiration to be at one with the Buddha-nature of all things and all beings? All things in this regard make me feel peaceful, happy, and most of all, alive! This is what the Buddha was really feeling. Going beyond dichotomous concepts about religious practices; those static and external entities, and simply flow as nature flows, nakedly and courageously. Listen to your true voice coming from within. This voice, this mind, all within the voltage of one’s spirit, comes up as a shout. Then one’s life has sparks of truth to it.
Nakedly shining, he brought to the people the essence of self-realization through the enlightened state of non-attachment to the relative self, the ego-self. This is the one he extinguished in the final stage of his awakening into enlightenment. Beyond the darkness there is the light of self-realization, the freshness and spaciousness of the open mind. This is the Pure Land that is open to all who hear and diligently practice the eight-fold path into liberation. I am encouraged to follow these precepts, but most inspired by the freedom and spaciousness of awakening to the simplicity of life itself. The flowing essence of the open and alive mind that can communicate with others the essence of my own life, I as I.
Today. It is with joy when I wake up in the morning and my spirit jumps up to meet the fresh new day. The sun that shines through the windows after a freshly fallen snow. The world that glistens in brightness that matches my feeling. The face that shines with such a smile. Within all the perseverance, and the dedication, I feel so well-rewarded in the creation of things as an infinite source of inspiration. Oh creation!, as the seeds of life itself.
Let’s sweep away the clouds of darkness and enter Amida Buddha’s deepest wish for all of us. Namu Amida Butsu. The bowing Buddha; Amida Buddha as infinite light, and infinite life.
These two books follow the Mahayana Pure Land Buddhism, and the Jodo Shinshu branch in particular as it focuses mainly on the essence of Amida Buddha, the Nembutsu, and Shinran Shonin, its founder. It has historical references and implications as it is on one hand a biography of my teacher, along with several well-known modern teachers, plus my own articles, all who have their roots in Shinshu Buddhism.
If you would like to support this effort for the furtherance of Shinshu Buddhism I would appreciate any contribution for this not-for-profit organization. Both books are my best effort put forth informatively and positively to give a real taste to our endeavor for seeking the truth of Buddhism and our lives. Thank you, and good reading.
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A Journey Into The Buddhist Dharma
This is a community of those who are serious in their wish to listen and hear the manifold teachings of the Buddha-Dharma that touch their lives and that change, enlarge, and deepen our understanding of who and what we are in reality. It is a center devoted to the light of wisdom that shines through the Dharma. How true it is, universally, that upon hearing the teaching we seek our own Buddhahood and the Buddha-nature of others.
Seeking the truth is itself the truth, and it begins with the question of "Who I'm I?". Do we know our self? For this answer we seek into the Buddha's Teaching to learn about our self. In so doing we find many treasures along the way that enlighten us and teach us who we really are.
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