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A Collection of the World's Myths, Legends, Religions, and Sacred Works.

 
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The Westminster Confession of Faith

By: The Westminster Divines

Description: The Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession of faith, in the Calvinist theological tradition. Although drawn up by the 1646 Westminster Assembly, largely of the Church of England, it became and remains the 'subordinate standard' of doctrine in the Church of Scotland, and has been influential within Presbyterian churches worldwide. In 1643, the English Parliament called upon learned, godly and judicious Divines, to meet at Westminster Abbey ...

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The Age of Reason

By: Thomas Paine

Description: The Age of Reason: Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, a deistic treatise written by eighteenth-century British radical and American revolutionary Thomas Paine, critiques institutionalized religion and challenges the inerrancy of the Bible. Published in three parts in 1794, 1795, and 1807, it was a bestseller in America, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival. British audiences, however, fearing increased political radicalism as a re...

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The Beatitudes

By: Thomas Watson

Description: A classic English Puritan exposition of Matthew 5:1-12.

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The Varieties of Religious Experience

By: William James

Description: These lectures concerning the nature of religion were delivered at the University of Edinburgh between 1901 and 1902. Soon after its publication, the book found its way into the canon of psychology and philosophy, and has remained in print for over a century.

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The Absolute Unlawfulness of the Stage Entertainment

By: William Law

Description: I am sensible that the Title of this little Book will, to the Generality of People, seem too high a Flight; that it will be looked upon as the Effect of a fanatical Spirit, carrying Matters higher than the Sobriety of Religion requires. I have only one Thing to ask of such People, that they will suspend their Judgment for awhile, and be content to read so small a Treatise as this is, before they pass any Judgment, either upon the Merits of the Subject, or the Temper of the Writer.

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Zazenkai Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The golden wind is the poetic expression, locution for autumn in the old Chinese culture. Cleary, actually, has a very interesting, tough translation of this he says, Body exposed in the golden wind. It's very much that sense of vulnerability and ruin about his translation.

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Session Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: The koan tradition began in China as an organic response to the problems of trying to understand reality. What happened was people would meditate and go about their business during the day and then in the evening sometimes the teacher would give a talk or take questions, or students would question each other or they would read. Questions would arise and answers would be given. Some answers seemed more interesting than others and gradually these became known as p...

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Session Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Today I'm going to read an old story, a case, from the Blue Cliff Record. This is Case No. 2. The case comes with an Introduction and before it by a teacher called Wang-wu.

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Session Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: One device, one object, one word, one phrase. The intent is that you'll have a place to enter. Still this is gouging a wound in healthy flesh that can become a nest or a den. The great function appears without abiding and fixed principles. The intent is that you'll realize that there is something transcendent that colors the sky and covers the earth, yet it cannot be grasped. This way will do; not this way will do, too. This is too diffuse. This way won't do; no...

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Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Introduction Under the blue sky in the bright sunlight you don't have to point out this and that any more. But the causal conditions of time and seasons still require you to give the medicine in accordance with the disease. Tell me, is it better to let go or is it better to hold on? To test that like this Look!

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Session Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Whoever would uphold the teaching of our school must be brave spirited with the ability to kill someone without blinking an eye. Only such a person can become a Buddha right where they stand. Therefore, such a one's illumination and function are simultaneous. Locking up and opening out are equal. Principle and phenomena are not two and he or she practices both the provisional and the real. Letting go of the primary she sets up the gate of the secondary meaning. ...

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Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Everybody wants to attain the light, have it shining and radiant and to see the connection with all beings at all times. And in your zazen that does not happen by clinging to the light. Ultimately what happens is that you start letting things go. Even letting things go is doing too much. When you start letting things go, the lake begins to settle and the water clarifies itself. There is nothing you can do to clarify the Tao; it is already clear. And so, it doesn...

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Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Some of us clarify our insight early and then have to work on adapting ourselves; have to work on what to do after that. Then we have to deepen our character.

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Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Yun-men said: I don't ask you about before the fifteenth of the month (the fifteenth of the month is the full moon time); try to say something about after the fifteenth.

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Session Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: We are all of us camped in the midst of eternity. We are on a journey from camp to camp and we walk through the summer under the sky, under the green redwood trees. The sky and the trees and the building, all the people, the altar, the meditation, the joy and sorrow we feel, all of these, all of these, are for us. All of these are for you. Why don't you applaud?

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Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: In battle everyone occupies a pivotal position. So it is said that if you turn upwards, even Shakyamuni, Maitreya, Manjusri, Samantabahdra, and all the myriad sages together with all the masters in the world suck in their breaths and swallow their voices. If you turn downwards, worms and maggots and everything that crawls, all sentient beings each and everyone emits great shining light. Each and everyone towers like a wall miles high. If on the other hand, you n...

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Session Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: A few weeks ago we were here in sesshin and it seems to me that we're still in sesshin. So this is a very favorable time to go deep; to take another step in the Way. A few weeks ago Al Einhorn's ashes were on the altar during sesshin and since then I've been to two more funerals. So I thought I should talk about death today.

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Session Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: Buddha nature is like this. It's like a black stone. It's at the center of the universe. Everywhere you turn, there is the center. The tree is that stone. The person is that stone. The bird is that stone. The sky is that stone. Emptiness is that stone. Wherever you turn, even if you try to get away from it, there it is--your Buddha nature

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Session Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: If you want to find the Buddha, look at your own toes, look at your hands. Whose hands are these? Whose weariness is this? Whose heat is this? Whose sound is this? Who stretches from one side of the world to the other? If you want to find the Buddha, look at your own face, look at your shoulders, your hips, your legs. If you really look at this, you will find that everything is already here. There is no need to go searching around. Everything is clear and everyt...

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Session Teisho

By: John Tarrant, Roshi

BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network document.

Excerpt: We have now come a long way deep into the woods, deep into the stillness and when it is like this, it is good to have everything simple. When things are simple, then they shine. Our mind does not get in the way of everything that rises up. Gradually all the attitudes and opinions and feelings and thoughts that are customary to us start to fall away. It's very important to just let them go. Some things are worn out and just need to fall away. You can hold onto th...

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