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Next day bearing his staff the Patriarch comes secretly to the room where rice was pounded. Seeing me at work there with a stone pestle, he said, “A seeker of the Path risks his life for the Dharma.” Glaring fiercely he continues, “Should he not do so?” He then asks, "Is the rice ready?" "Ready long ago." I reply, "Only waiting for the sieve." He knocks the mortar thrice with his stick and leaves.

Discerning his intent, in the third watch of the night I go to his room. There, using his robe as a screen so that none could see us, he expounds the Diamond Sutra. When he came to the line, "Produce a thought not based on anything at all," I was immediately awakened. Thereupon I realized that all things in the universe are of the essence of mind itself.

From the Sixth Patriarch's Sutra.(A complete translation of this sutra can be obtained in our Links section below in "Text Downloads."



Please note a change at the helm. We thank Norman Guberman for his years of service as founding editor of Bro-pa. Times change and a new view seems needed. Mr. Guberman graciously assents. Please, welcome aboard our new editor, m.T. head.

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Links:
Text Downloads

The Sixth Patriarch’s Sutra. Known as the Sutra Spoken by the Sixth Patriarch on the High Seat of the Treasure of the Law by pupil-translator Wong Mou-Lam. Nonpareil.

Sacred Text Site

The Sacred Texts site is a potpourri of late-nineteenth, early-twentieth century translations. Many of these still stand as being quite valid. This site keeps being added to, getting better and better.

Buddhist Texts
Its Buddhist texts section is priceless (as well as free). Some particularly rewarding items are listed below:

Buddhist Classics
Kern’s Saddharma-Pundarika or the Lotus of the True Law — beats all recent translations hands down. Footnotes have been omitted. (Many were garbage; some, incredible gems. Buy the old Dover edition, if you can find it.)

D. T. Suzuki’s quintessential Manual of Zen Buddhism is the high water benchmark translation of Zen texts wrapped up in one volume — with the Oxherding Pictures. Alas, it does not include Kakuan’s more outstanding version — so if you see the old brownish-papered battered version of the book, snap it up!

Nagarjuna gives you the fruit from the Tree of Wisdom. This compilation contains 260 short yet very dense verses, and invites you to add water, fill in the gaps, fill out the empty spaces, and obtain your own silent sublime piece of wisdom.

The text was translated by Major Campbell in the old monastery town of Gyantse around 1918 with the assistance of Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup (who was translator for the classic Evans-Wentz series).

Worthy Books About Buddhism
Lafcadio Hearn’s Gleanings in Buddhafields. As good as the title sounds.

Kakuzo Okakura’s Book of Tea. Indispensible.

Classic Indian Literature
The Twenty-two Goblins consists of a series of short compelling riddle-like tales. Besides being a delicious page turner, is an ancient textbook on acquiring the Solomenic eye of a king.

Victorian Collection of Indian “Fairy Tales”
Indian Fairy Tales is a delightful collection of lovely stories patched together from diverse Indian sources. It has turn-of-the century line drawings and is like stumbling across a treasure on a lazy afternoon in an abandoned attic.

Somewhat Non-Buddhist / Somewhat Buddhist:

Hindu Tantra
Two great volumes by Arthur Avalon. The height of tantric literature. For first-timers: it will blow your mind.

Taoism
Lionel Giles’s Book of Lieh-Tzü. Captures the flavour. Holds up to the later A. C. Graham version.

Confucianism
The Shundai Zatsuwa of Kyuso, Japanese Neo-Confucianist. Like an elevated chat with a sage.

Other Seminal Text/Sites

Buddhist
Alexander Berzin, a pioneer translator who went to Dharmasala right after the Tibetan diasphora (early 60s) to sit, listen to, and discuss the sublime Dharma with the cream of Tibetan lamas over Tibetan tea, and through his sustained scholarship and distillations of enlightenment-drenched converations, perhaps save the world.
A PRIMARY SOURCE SIGHT!

Lama Yeshe’s commemorative site offers his clear expositions of Dharma FREE as publications on the web, downloadable PDFs, or in book form, based on availability.

Rare lovely authentic jewel of a page from H.H. Dudjom Rimpoche.

Ron Epstein’s site is a tribute to the greatness of Chinese Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua as well as to his embodying of true scholarship.

Khandronet is a Tibetan Buddhist smorgasbord.

Buddhanet PDFs of Garma Chang’s Sixty Songs of Milarepa[!] and the Taming the Monkey Mind top a list of great downloads. A lot of Theravadan.

Nembutsu.info: Journal of Shin Buddhism some treasures of Buddhist thought.
See especially Marco Pallis’s “Nembutsu as Remembrance,” and John Paraskevopoulos’s “The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana and its significance for Shin Buddhism.” Many other gems.


Buddhistically Non-Buddhist
Discovered just over fifty years ago along with the Gnostic Gospels, the Gospel of Thomas written by Jesus’ disciple Thomas Dydemos (Dydemos means twin, hence Jesus’ twin) surprised scholars with its profound Oriental flavor. Recent research (see Elaine Pagels’ book Beyond Belief) has concluded that it was also one of the earliest gospels and preceded John.

Thomas reveals a Jesus unflinching and direct, and passionate and compassionate, who through these collected deep intuitive aphorisms aims at teaching one how to pass through and beyond this burning world. (Geshe Wangyal [Peaks and Lamas, Marco Pallis, 1948] says of Jesus that he is a Buddha.)

However, early on the Church represses Thomas, along with the Valentinian, Nestorian, and other “Gnostic views” as heretical. Revealed here, two millennium later (but not too late), is this lovely alternate original “Christianity.” If you haven’t read Thomas, you ought to read him.

Comprehensive Gospel of Thomas site features several translations and various resources. Patterson-Robinson version sits most poetic.

Lovely version of the Pearl; composed by Thomas while he was imprisoned!

For a good introduction to and translations of all the Gnostic Gospels see the Nag Hammadi site.

Great Links

Turtle Hill’s thoughtful links.

Quiet Mountain’s links to teachings.
Quiet Mountain’s links to resources.

Google’s Directory to Buddhism
Google’s Directory to Tibetan Buddhism


Nonverbal

Teachings, being essentially nonverbal, are most succinctly and directly conveyed like that. Read John Brzostoski on this. (See especially his four essays.)

Here are some visual sites to view and remember:

Art

This exquisite shivers-up-your-spine website is from the earlier Circle of Bliss exhibition. A must-see site, this is Tibetan art delicious and immanent. Click on the full screen images to see and feel the art, as you and art cease to be two.

Himalayan Art claims to have online over 17,000 Himalayan (meaning Tibetan) art images.

Rubin Museum of Art, NYC’s own Himalayan (Tibetan) art museum. But why do they seem so strangely uncomfortable using the proper noun Tibetan?

Seminal large collection of photos of Old Tibet at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, England. (Taken before the People’s Republic of China “liberated from medieval darkness and brought into the modern world” (i.e. invaded, raped, and genocided) the Himalayan area (previously known to the world as Tibet).


Very credible Asian art site.
Fascinating range of articles on Asian art.

Kyoto National Museum masterworks series.

Poetry

Resonant selection of Chinese classic verse.

Various attempts to translate a captured poetic moment.

Well-rounded Chinese poetry site.

Basho’s magnificent poetic journal Narrow Road to the Deep North. Four major translations all fail to capture it. There are accompanying notes and some art.

Tibet Links

Free Tibet Now. Says it all!


However, this site’s integrity, thoroughness, and its firm commitment to Save Tibet Now needs to be also respected.


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