• Wherever this sutra is kept is a sacred site enshrining the presence of the Buddha or one of the Buddha’s great disciples.
    —Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Teaching the Dharma

    Composed things are all objects of mind that are conditioned to arise, exist for awhile, and then disappear, according to the principle of dependent co-arising. Everything in life seems to follow this pattern, and although things look real, they are actually more like the things a magician conjures up. We can see and hear them clearly, but they are not really what they appear to be. A bubble, or timira in Sanskrit, is an image that we can use to describe appearances. If we rub our eyes vigorously and see many stars, we may think the stars are real, but they are not.