The Sino-American Buddhist Association happily announces the purchase of a new building, located at 1731 15th St. (between Valencia and Guerrero). The new Bodhimandala will be ready for occupation next month, and when completed, the Great Hall will hold 800 people for lectures, ceremonies, and meditation.
(The following is a letter sent to the
Venerable Master Hua from a student of the Dharma studying to be a
doctor at the School of Medicine, University of California at San Diego.)
Something happened last night at a meditation
session that has crystallized my deepest feelings to follow the Way.
While sitting with a number of others at the
home of Dr. Ray Jordan in San Diego, I was looking into the hua-t'ou
"who am I?" My concentration was good and I became aware of my legs
and arms tightening and my body quivering. Then my throat began to
tighten and a deep sadness came welling up out of me—I began to cry.
I just let the sobs come--I didn't repress them or cherish them—it
suddenly appeared very clear to me that all of the suffering that
I’ve endured, especially over the last two months, has been caused
by the delusion of the "I" and "not I". I was certain that I am more
than this body and mind, but that it is the "I" that shackles me.
Even after I regained my composure, this
sadness would come back and sweep through me—I don't fear it and I
don't cherish it 1 just try to continue holding my hua-t'ou—even now
as I ask myself "who is sad?" it comes back and my throat tightens
and I sob with few tears. Dharma Master, it is my deepest wish to
return to San Francisco over the Thanksgiving holidays to sit in the
Ch'an Session for 2-3 days, and, if you will receive me, I want very
much to take refuge with you as a disciple.
Respectfully yours in Dharma,
May all the Dharma-protecting gods rain showers
of flowers and sandalwood-powder, may heavenly instruments play of
themselves, may all the millions and thousands of world-realms
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As a long-time and earnest student and
practitioner of Mahayana (and having received your magazine here in
Mysore quite miraculously, all of a sudden, at a time when I didn't
even know it existed), I really want to express my deep appreciation
of your magazine and your other work described therein. I am always
suffused with indescribable warmth when reading the Vajra Bodhi Sea,
and greatly refreshed by its salty, billowing waves. All the more so
as the only other Buddhist text I have within here is
The Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita, which, of course, is quite enough in
It would be marvelous if I could continue to
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dollars, and certainly as far as buying-power is concerned, a rupee
is worth more here than a dollar is in the Holy American Empire.)
Eventually, you may wish to receive some
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May the Dharma be spread to remote corners with
The Place of the Buffalo Demon
Previous translations of
The Sixth Patriarch's Sutra, in spite of their eloquence, have occasionally missed the
original intention and have not penetrated the meaning. As a remedy
for these failings, members of the Buddhist Text Translation Society
are working together to make a complete and accurate translation.
The cultivating Bhiksus and Bhiksunis, laymen, and students and
scholars of Chinese are carefully editing the work and its detailed
commentary. If you want to investigate the genuine Buddhadharma,
this is the Sutra to study.
Even though others may have lectured this
Sutra, this is the first time the mind seal Dharma-door of the Great
Master, the Sixth Patriarch, has been opened and spoken clearly for
the benefit of all who hear. Those who wish to cultivate, to
actually do the work, do not want to miss this publication of the
best translation and commentary ever compiled. Those who have not
digested it have not adequately investigated the Buddhadharma.
Those who wish to subscribe for advance copies
may do so at the rate of $10 per book. After publication in 1971 the
books will be sold for $15 each Write: Sutra Printing, S.A.B.A., 125
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Plans are now being made for the 1971 Summer Lecture and Cultivation Sessions. Next year there will be three separate sessions, each one month in lengthy. Lectures will be given on The Avatamsaka Sutra, as well as other Sutras and sastras. More information concerning these sessions will be given in the following issue of Vajra Bodhi Sea.
Shortly after the conclusion of the Winter Meditation Session, The Great Universal Vastness Buddha's Flower Adornment Sutra (Avatamsaka Sutra) Dharma Meeting will begin. The text of this Sutra which now exists in the human world is the third of three volumes; the first and second are stored in the Dragon Palace. The first volume is made up by chapters equal in number to one world of fine dust particles, and contains gathas equal in number to the fine particles of dust of 13,000 great thousand worlds. The 1,200 chapters of the second volume contain 498,800 gathas, and the 48 chapters of the last volume contain 100,000 gathas. The Bodhisattva Nagarjuna, after having exhaustively studied all worldly literature, went to the Dragon Palace to get Sutras. He had the ability to remember anything, even if it passed his eyes but once. He read The Avatamsaka Sutra while in the Dragon Palace but brought back only the last volume, however, because the first and second volumes were too long. It is said, "If you haven't studied The Avatamsaka, you do not know the Dharma-body of the Buddha."
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Om Mani Padme Hum, "The Patient Immortal"; continuation of The Sixth Patriarch's Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra, The Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra, and The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra; a new translation of The Amitabha Sutra suitable for recitation, "The Thirty-seven Limbs of Enlightenment"; and more of the biography of Great Master Ch'ang Jen.