Author Archives: jespada

From Eugene Smith to Frank Espada

{Photo credits: Eugene Smith, by Don Getsug; Frank Espada, Big Sur, 1984, by Jason Espada}

As soon as I heard the photographer W. Eugene Smith’s voice, in a documentary produced for Japanese television, I recognized him immediately as a spiritual ancestor. It was not just what he said that was so moving, and familiar to me, but his fierce love and commitment to the people he photographed.

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The Great Bridge to Universal Love

Of the categories in metta, or Buddhist loving kindness practice, of self, friends and those closest to us, neutral people, those we have difficulty with, and all beings, the one that gets talked about the least is clearly the neutral person.  This is understandable, after all.  The dear person category is easy, and enjoyable, and everyone who takes up metta practice wants to at least lessen their aversion to the enemy category.  ‘All beings’, also, feels good even just to think about.  But where does that leave the group of those people we don’t know personally? As we’ll see, all the categories in metta practice are important, and have an essential role to play.

When we think about it, this category of metta for neutral people forms the bridge between those we know and care about, and those we do not, and almost certainly will never know personally.  This expands the field of our metta practice immeasurably…

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The Supreme Siddhi of Mahamudra

The Supreme Siddhi of Mahamudra Retreat, by Ani Tenzin Palmo, Vajrapani Institute, Boulder Creek, California, June 8th through 10th, 2018.

Commentary on Advice for Mountain Retreat, by the Eighth Kamtrul Rinpoche

Complete audio recordings:

Friday evening, June 8th, 2018

Saturday, June 9th, 2018, morning session – I

Transcript of an excerpt, A Healthy Sense of Self

Saturday, June 9th, 2018, morning session – II

Saturday, June 9th, 2018, evening session – audio

On the meditation section of the text:

Transcript

Saturday, June 9th, 2018, evening session, questions and answers

Sunday, June 10th, 2018, closing session

 

 

Esoteric Buddhism

Friends, a couple of months ago I came across a wonderful podcast called ‘This Esoteric Life’. In it, Christopher ‘Free’ covers a broad range of subjects from The Western Esoteric Tradition, and he does so in an inspired way. So I sent him a message and suggested we do a program on Buddhism and A Belief in the Miraculous as a starting point, and here it is. The program we did together is titled, ‘Esoteric Buddhism‘.

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Books by Jason Espada








Clicking on any of these will take you to their individual pages, with samples, and ordering information.

More below.

 

Then there is this.

Buddhist Poetry


From four collections, 1985 to 2018.





2009-2015.



2006 to 2007.

And this, 1985 to 2005.

 

If resources are an issue, get in touch with me and I’ll make it not an issue.

Free ebooks, in .pdf format, updated 2/3/2019

A Concise Set of Buddhist Healing Prayers and Practices

A Resource for the Practice of Meditation

As Editor:

An Anthology of Buddhist Prayer

Mahayana Prayers and Poetry.pdf; Audio

A Collection of Prayers to Tara

Chenrezig Sadhanas and Commentaries – in four volumes: One, Two, Three, and Four

Teachings on Bodhicitta, in two volumes: One, and Two

Great Perfection Teachings

Teachings on Mahamudra

Teachings on Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh Commentaries

On The Avatamsaka Sutra

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