Toposaurus: a humorous treasury of toponyms: an entertaining by John D. Jacobson

By John D. Jacobson

This learn offers the origins of greater than three hundred universal phrases and words, each one together with or touching on names of areas. "Toposaurus" is stuffed with fun histories on a large choice of toponyms, each one meticulously researched and assured to enlighten and amuse the reader.

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Within the Nyingmapa tradition monastic ordination is considered a very useful support for the practice, but by no means the only way to progress in meditation. This is encouraging for those who seriously wish to put the teachings into practice but are unable • The 'community of red-robed celibates' (rab byung ngur smrigs sde) and 'community of the white-dad with long plaited hair' (gos dkar Ieang lo can kyi sde). xliii HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION to involve themselves in a monastic lifestyle. Albert Einstein once pointed out that Buddhism was the tradition that he felt fulfilled the criteria he thought necessary for a spiritual path adapted to the twentieth century.

So depending on whether your degree of interest is superior, middling or inferior you will become a superior, middling or inferior practitioner. And if you are not at all interested in the Dharma, there will be no results at all. As the proverb puts it: The Dharma is nobody's property. It belongs to whoever has the most endeavour. The Buddha himself obtained the teachings at the price of hundreds of hardships. To obtain a single four-line verse, he gouged holes in his own flesh to serve as offering lamps, filling them with oil and planting in them thousands of burning wicks.

Such practitioners, who follow the path of the Great Vehicle based on compassion, are known as Bodhisattvas. A Bodhisattva who moreover practises the profound and skilful teachings of the Vajrayana is able to become fully enlightened in a very short time. During his lifetime the Buddha created a community of monks and nuns who became the core for upholding and continuing the teachings. This did not, however, exclude lay men and women as serious followers

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