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The Wisdom Buddha Amitabha

"May all our actions be centered in the Heart."

Amitabha Buddha, the "Lord of Infinite Light," is associated with deep awareness and wisdom. His hands are held in the dhyana mudra gesture which represents transforming our cravings into wisdom through meditation. In honor of Amitabha Buddha and the Bodhisattva, this page is dedicated to providing resources for our own inner work.

The Great Bell Chant: the End of Suffering
For your meditation this day in this very moment:
a guided video meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh and Phap Niem,
a gift of peace to thousands throughout the world. (7.5 minute video)

Chinese legend tells us that Bodhisattva Kuan Shih Yin had become so overwhelmed when she realized how many people needed to be lifted from ignorance and suffering that her head split into eleven parts. Amitabha Buddha, taking pity upon her, gave her eleven heads to better hear the cries of the suffering. (Her name literally means “She Who Hears the Cries of the Suffering.”) Unfortunately, hearing even greater need than before, when she reached out to help two arms were not enough and they broke into a thousand pieces. This time Amitabha responded by giving her one thousand arms to better reach the suffering. Today, she has many more than a thousand arms as each one of us can be one of her arms as we seek to embody her compassion.


Five opportunities for meditation studies with Karida

Calm Abiding (Samatha) meditation

meditation mudraThis study includes sitting meditation, readings, and other study materials. Although you may follow this study on your own you may wish to have an interaction with a personal mentor through email. To inquire about a mentor or any other matters about this study, email us here.  Karida does not proselytize or share contact lists with others.  You will not be contacted at any time except at your own request. Examine the Karida Meditation Study here. 

Journey of the Heart (Kuan Yin) Meditation

kuan yin of the cave This study is based upon the book Journey of the Heart: Meditation with Kuan Yin, a month long daily meditation plan using directed vizualization. The focus throughout is on the Bodhisattva Kuan Shi Yin. Available in our book store. 

Sangha Recitations

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Our Recitations book, Evocation of the Bodhisattva Kuan Shih Yin: Karida Buddhist Sangha Book of Recitations, continues to be an important component of Karida Sangha's inner work, both for groups and individuals. There are three main sections: Sutra chanting, Calm Abiding meditation, and Dharma study. See here.

Five Aspirations Path to Spiritual Practice

This is an easy to learn meditation that helps plant and nurture seeds of compassion. The love of truth, the love of the earth, the love of others, and the courage to walk the path of the heart are the goals of this practice. The book may be downloaded free or a bound copy may be purchased in our bookstore. The author is available for individual discussion throughout your reading of the book. For further information email us.

Poetic Expressions of the Heart

poetry bridge Karida members celebrate the inner work of creating poetry as meditation. This image of a bridge is a link to a collection of verses that have been written by Karida members and friends, so that you may share in this meditation. We encourage submissions of your poetry.

Recommended Reading:

Aitken, Robert. Taking the Path of Zen. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1982. Seldom has any teacher ever written more clearly on the details of starting the practice of meditation. Detailed instructions for stretching, sitting, breathing,and meditation in the Zen tradition.

Irwin, Roger (Gyoshin). Journey of the Heart: Meditation with Kuan Yin. Karida Press, 2009. This book takes you on a journey of active participation through sixteen guided meditations. Each meditation is accompanied by a unique, never before published, image of the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin. This is not a book about meditation - the book is a meditation designed to take you through a full lunar month of practice. Web version available this page.

Hanh, Thich Nhat.The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamitta Heart Sutra. Berkeley, Parallax Press, 1988. This is a translation and commentary on the “Heart Sutra.” Considered, by some, to be the single most important Sutra ever written as it contains the essence of the Buddha's teachings. This book, a pleasant read, is one of the most understandable available.

Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. New York: Weatherhill,1993. This is a collection of talks given by Suzuki Roshi about how to practice Zen . Posture, breathing, and attitudes are all discussed. It is a classic studied by thousands of students through the years.The book is also available as a downloadable pdf file.

Thera, Nyanaponika. The Heart of Buddhist Meditation is available to view or download in PDF format. It is a handbook of mental training based on the buddha's way of mindfulness, with an anthology of relevant texts translated from the Pali and Sanskrit. This is an excellent, in-depth description of mindfulness practice and its benefits.

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