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                           Writings by Jason Espada

Last Update: August 20th, 2014

Greetings all.  My most recent postings are now at the top of this page.  These include revised editions
of An Anthology of Buddhist Prayer, and A Collection of Buddhist Healing Prayers and Practices -
the 3rd edition, as well as A Concise Set of Buddhist Healing Prayers and Practices.  (updated on April 6th, 2012) 
These books, as well as the two poetry collections, are also linked to at the bottom of this page, after the list of articles.

Your feedback is most welcomed.  There is a contact address, also found at the bottom of this page.

For some of my favorite articles by other teachers, see also the Things I like to share page.

May all beings benefit.

Articles and Audio files

101. A selection of essays on metta, revised 5/20/2014

{includes: Metta as the most useful method of meditation for people in the West today;
The practice of smiling to oneself; A letter introducing metta;The benefits of metta practice;
Getting started in metta meditation - the dear person category; The method of Loving kindness practice;
Raising up, and evening out our responses to life through loving kindness practice;
A few thoughts on having kindness towards ourselves - from a letter to a friend;
The Great Bridge to Universal Love; No Place for Anger; Loving your enemies - returning good for harm,
and, Universal love, the ground and culmination of our practice}

100. Links to my favorite talks on metta

99. A resource for the practice of meditation, revised 5/20/2014

98. Bridge Essays - Fourteen essays on the meeting place of East and West, Buddhism and Christianity,
and Politics and Spirit

{includes: A few thoughts on faith; Grace and Buddhism; The light that is still with us;
Faith in Universal Goodness; Loving your enemies - returning good for harm;
Freedom of Mind - the Root of the Social Gospel; The Metta of Martin Luther King;
The Bodhisattva Thought Training teachings; A life giving vision; Sacred outlook -
seeing beyond ordinary perception in modern culture and American Buddhism;
On Mysticism; Power and Love; A different response to war; and, How things change}

97. Our roots go deeper than we know - a reflection on the power of gratitude

96. A different response to war

95. Given that life is uncertain, how do you want to live your life?

94. There's a reason people do long retreats

93. There's a reason people go on retreat

92. Metta as the most useful method of meditation for people in the West today

91. Freedom of Mind - the Root of the Social Gospel

90. The Metta of Martin Luther King - Part I - love as a method of personal and social transformation;
Part II - An all-encompassing method; & Part III - A world perspective

89. Rumi and Metta - Showing the Path of Love

88. A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, by Shantideva - Audio - complete, read by Jason Espada

Chapter one, translated by Stephen Batchelor; chapters two, four, five, six, seven, eight and ten, translated
by B. Alan Wallace and Vesna A. Wallace; chapter three, translated by Brian Beresford; and chapter nine
translated by the Padmakara Translation Group

Chapter I - The Benefit of the Awakening Mind
Chapter II - The Confession of Sin
Chapter III - Stabilizing in the Bodhimind
Chapter IV - Attending to the Spirit of Awakening
Chapter V - Guarding Introspection
Chapter VI - The Perfection of Patience
Chapter VII - The Perfection of Zeal
Chapter VIII - The Perfection of Meditation
Chapter IX - The Perfection of Wisdom
Chapter X - Dedication

87. Practicing the One Vehicle

86. Healing Buddha Practice, from A Concise Set of Buddhist Healing Prayers and Practices

85. The Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 Lines, translated by Edward Conze: .pdf (note: I am aware that this version
is not completely accurate, compared to the book that I am reading from- but it is the best I could find at this time.)

Audio files: read by Jason Espada: Chapter I - part I; Chapter I - part II

84. Signposts on the Path of Clear Meditation

83. Liner notes to three classical guitar recordings by Jason Espada: From the Soul of Spain, The Gift of
Spanish Music
; Classical Guitar music to put your mind at ease: reflections; and Holiday Music
for Classical Guitar
: liner notes

82. Becoming Your Own Therapist, by Lama Yeshe, text in .pdf format;
audio files: read by Jason Espada: Chapter I, Finding Ourselves Through Buddhism;
Chapter II, Religion, the Path of Inquiry, and, Chapter III, A Glimpse of Buddhist Psychology

81.  Audio file: read by Jason Espada: Opening the Heart, by Lama Yeshe, from the book, Introduction to Tantra

80.  An extended recommended reading list (updated on April 6th, 2012)

79. From a letter to a friend - on healing and strengthening ourselves
(written in 1990, and revised in 2012)

78 .  Key Points of the Great Middle Way

            (revised August 20th, 2014)

77.  Dedication prayers (.pdf);  audio

76.  The Foundational Refuge and Mahayana Refuge

75.  The Treatise on Buddha Nature, by Maitreya, text in .pdf format, translated by Ken and Katia Holmes;
audio files: read by Jason Espada: Part I - verses 1 through 200; Part II - verses 201 through 404

74. The Dhammapada - translated by P. Lal, text in .pdf format;
audio: read by Jason Espada: Part I - Chapters 1 through 13;
Part II - Chapters 14 through 26

73.  Youtube video slideshow: Photos of Teachers

72. Why the Buddha is regarded as the Supreme Healer

71. No place I'd rather be

70. An Introduction to Buddhist Prayer  (revised January 7th, 2012)

69. A Prayer to Manjushri

68. Mahayana Prayers and Poetry   text in .pdf format (revised September 28th, 2012)

Mp3 audio files: Mahayana Prayers and Poetry, read by Jason Espada:  Part I; Part II

Revised April 14th, 2012.  (note: each file is about an hour long)

Here are the individual tracks:

1. The Importance of Bodhicitta, from 'The Mind in Comfort and Ease', by The Dalai Lama

2. From 'A Commentary of the Awakening Mind', by Nagarjuna

3. From the Susiddhi, as quoted by Lama Je Tsong Khapa

4. From 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life', by Shantideva, chapter one, The Benefit of the Awakening Mind

5. Stabilizing in the Bodhimind, by Shantideva

6. The Excellence of the Meditation Upon the Bodhimind, by the Seventh Dalai Lama

7. From the Gandhavyuha Sutra

8. From 'The Sacred Heart-Essence of the Pith Instructions, by Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

9. Vow

10. The Eight Verses for Training the Mind, by Langri Tangpa

11. From 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life', by Shantideva, chapter seven, Enthusiasm

12. The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva, by Thogme Zangpo

13. Aryasura's Aspirational Prayer, in Seventy Stanzas

14. On the Bodhisattva Vow, by Chandragomin

15. Three Bodhicitta Poems, by Jason Espada

16. From 'The Prayer of the Lord of Sutras, Holy Golden Light'

17. From 'The Noble Vajra Banner of Victory Sutra'

18. The Lam Rim Dedication Prayer

19. No place I'd rather be

20. Dedication Prayers, by Jason Espada, with Traditional prayers

21. Dedication Prayers I, and

22. Dedication Prayers II, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

                                23. Dedication Prayers, by Shantideva

67. Good News for a Change

66. The Prayers of Contemplatives

65. Finding Our Way in the New World - Technolgy and the Possible Awakening of Human Values

64. Six Things that Westerners Need That Buddhism Can Offer

63. Notes on Practicing the Four Immeasurables

62. A Basic Method of Meditation, and two commentaries: Factors in the Unfolding
of Clear Meditation
, and, From Distraction to Single Pointed Concentration

61. A Concise Set of Buddhist Healing Prayers and Practices  (revised January 7th, 2012)

 60. Tara - Giver of Joy and Peace

59. In Praise of Tara  (revised April 6th, 2012)

58.  How going beyond ego grasping reveals our True Nature, and why this is so important in

57. Regarding Tonglen

56. Calm Abiding in Three Points

55. On Dedication Prayer

54. A healing prayer

53. Oceans of gratitude

52. Karma as experience

51. A few words on the art of contemplation (updated April 4th, 2010)

50. Two Anti War Poems

49. The Interaction of the Four Elements

48. The Power of Peace

47. Two Retreat Poems

46. A Fully Born Human Being (revised June 8th, 2010)

45. At some point you have to say yes (revised June 8th, 2010)

44. Solid Ground

43. Winter Dreams

42. Recognizing the Essential Nature of the Masculine and the Feminine

41. all the voices you’re born with

40. Did you go outside today?

39. A few thoughts about art

38. A list of things that are healing

37.  Masculine and Feminine Qualities, and their Shadow

36. The Most Important Thing

35. Heroes

34. Cultivating A Life Giving Vision

33. The Power of Symbols

32. Interlude: Yes, but is it Art?

31.  Third Ear Music

30.  General Principles for Reading the Tarot Cards

29.  Poetry and the Art of Survival

28.  Hearing Beethoven

27. Altruism and the Practice of Peace as the Basis for Living in the City

26. An Introduction to Rumi

(see also My Favorite Rumi, linked to here, or via the Poetry page on this site)

25.  On Ethics and Healing

24. On the Nature of Vow, and the Bodhisattva Vow

23.  The Imperfect and the Beyond Perfect

22. Transforming Demons

21. The Shadow From a Buddhist Perspective   - updated: February 3rd, 2010

20. An Introduction to the Bodhisattva-Divinity Tara

19. The Four Limitless States Revisited

18. Why Compassion is the Most Important Thing in the World

17. A Few Words on What is Called Purification in Buddhism

16. Returning From Retreat (to be read before a retreat)

                                      (Being revised - check back soon)

15. The Natural Order of the Stages of the Path

     (an introduction to the 'Lam Rim', or Stages of the Path teachings)\

14. Lines of Transmission and the Present and Future of Buddhism

13. Buddhist Traditions in Harmony

12. Great River of Compassion; An Introduction to Mantra for Westerners

On Wisdom

11. From A Letter On Wisdom and Compassion

       (updated July 2nd, 2012)

10. An Introduction to Buddhist Wisdom Teachings

(Numbers 7 -9 are on meditation.  For more on the subject, see the Things I like to share page)

9. A Verse Summary of the Practice of Calm Abiding Meditation

    About a Verse Summary

    In 14 Verses (the most recent revision, my preferred version)

    In 10 Verses

    In 63 Verses

8.  Commentary to A Basic Method of Meditation

7. A Basic Method of Meditation

6. Going Beyond Loneliness – Applied Thought Training

5. Characteristics of the Pure Land That is Always Available

4. A Diagram of the Different Levels of the Mind, As Experienced in Meditation,
   with Suggestive Notes   (33 pages)

3. Buddhism in the West  (revised January 10th, 2012)

2. Buddhism and Prayer

1. An Outline of Buddhist Traditions


An Anthology of Buddhist Prayer

A Collection of Buddhist Healing Prayers and Practices

A Concise Set of Buddhist Healing Prayers and Practices

Collected Poems,  Volume I - 1985 to 2005

                                Collected Poems, Volume II - 2006 to 2008

About these writings

May all beings benefit.

Feedback:  email: jason.espada (at) gmail dot com


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