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All the essays, renderings and compilations reproduced here, are the work of Dharmachari Vidyavajra and  subject to copyright and should not be reproduced without first seeking permission from the author.  




1 -
Imagining Your Doubts

We all expereince doubts from time to time, sometimes they are small, at other times they are in some way crippling us, preventing us from moving on, maturing, or growing wiser. From the point of view of Buddhist practice we need a way to closely examine the nature of our doubts. 

We can spend a great deal of time pondering on what happens after life ends. Using personal experience of working in a crematorium, this article examines the mechanism of prattitya samutpada and how it relates to ideas about re-birth.

Drawing on the recent death of a close friend, this article explores what the nature of  presence and absence is. Any death presents us simultaneously with a poignant example of dependant origination, and a means of going beyond it.

4  -  The Not So Simple Matter Of  
        Ordinariness

It may sound simple to be ordinary, though is not easy to  achieve.  Being ordinary cannot be taught, but its spirit can lead all the way to Buddhahood.  To practice ordinariness, we have to look at what is added 'extra upfront', to examine our struggles to be extra-ordinary.

5  -  Flowers Fall

The world is imperfect, and  we cannot always make it follow our bidding. This short article finds out what limits there are to our choices, and how much we can control the direction of our lives.

Why does what we imagine not always match the true nature of reality? Imagery & the imagination, whether secular or religious, can be a powerful tool, or a misleading seduction. Particularly, if what we imagine, turns out not to be the 'real dragon' we are searching for.


What is the role of tradition in modern practice?  Through examining the process that led Dogen to found Eihei - Ji Monestery its clear that we have a number of  contemporary hang ups about instituions that can obscure and hinder effective practice.