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VK Leary
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Many Buddhists think that the practices and teachings of the Mahayana, Mantrayana, and Vajrayana were invented several centuries after Shakyamuni established the Dharma.  In fact, almost all developments can be shown to have their origin in Shakyamuni's tea...

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Streams of the Monastery
Anderson Creek on Dec 10, the day before the huge storms began. There are two all-year creeks and two seasonal creeks here. This is a seasonal creek. Anderson Creek after the big storm passed through.

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Ven. Ichishima and the Dalai Lama
The man on the left in the crumpled wagesa is the great scholar-priest Ven Ichishima Shoshin. He reads, writes and speaks, beside his native Japanese, English, Sanskrit and Tibetan. What follows is one of the stories he told during my visit.                ...

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Shugendo-style Goma
During the fire-safe season, roughly from November to April, this outdoor fire is lit and meditative liturgies are recited. The goma gives off light, heat, and energy, and is especially appropriate when we have guests who are unfamiliar with chanting and ma...

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The Verse of Incense
Notice in the lower left corner the smoke wafting from the egoro. The verse recited while placing the incense in the egoro is as follows. I WISH FOR THIS FRAGRANT FLOWER CLOUD TO PERFUME THE UNIVERSE IN INFINITE LANDS MAY THIS FRAGRANCE ADORN AND SUPPORT TH...

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"The Mahavairocana Sutra" (BDK edition). This is the single most essential text because it outlines the Vehicle of Mantras at its inception in 7thC India. The Lotus Sutra Gandavyuha (Cleary  trans.) The Prajnaparamita Sutra The Sutra of Fudo Myo-O Thr Praty...

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Seclusion
This 110ft high ponderosa pine marks the location for seclusion practice. At Cold Springs, on the back of the mountain, away from the monastery, undisturbed by humans, without electronics or cell phone, no reading materials, the only media is a few Japanese...

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Opening the Mountain for Kaihogyo
This shrine has remained undisturbed at the top of Cobb Mountain since 1989, 15 years before the monastery land was purchased on another site 2200ft lower on the mountain. The shrine was placed at the confluence of two large egg-shaped boulders and intense ...

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THREE PHOTOS of a goma fire offering
Sometimes guests participate in a 10AM goma on Saturday and stay for a vegetarian lunch

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THREE PHOTOS of a goma fire offering
Sometimes guests participate in a 10AM goma on Saturday and stay for a vegetarian lunch
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