New PDF release: Buddha in a Teacup: Contemporary Dharma Tales

By Todd Walton

ISBN-10: 1619027658

ISBN-13: 9781619027657

The forty-two brief stories that contain Buddha In A Teacup are set in modern the United States, in place of some time past China or India. each one parable springs from the author’s meditations on primary points of Buddhist dharma as these educating follow to the realm this day. a few of the stories are funny, a few unhappy, a few erotic, a few mysterious—all associated and balanced by way of subject matters of mindfulness, compassion, generosity, kindness and love. The reader don't need to be a Buddhist or be aware of something approximately Buddhism to completely take pleasure in and luxuriate in those common stories of the human .

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Yet, as was shown, God is the uni­ versal principle of being. Therefore, to act only by motion or by change is contrary to His nature. Neither, then, is it proper to Him to need pre-existing matter in order to make some­ thing. [6] An additional argument. Every agent produces something in some way like itself. But every agent acts according as it is in act. Therefore, to produce an effect by somehow causing a form to inhere in a matter will be the proper function of an agent actualized by a form inherent in it, and not by its whole substance.

Now, "those things are simultaneously existent which are in the same place," as is pointed out in Physics v,1 and it is only by motion 6. SCG, I, ch. 13. St. Basil the Great, Homilia I in Hexaemeron, V (PG, 29, col. 14) 8. Aristotle, Physics, VI, 3 ( 233b 3 3 ) . 1 . Aristotle, Physics, V, 3 ( 226b 22) . 7· 0 Summa Contra Gentiles BOOK TWO : CREATION 59 that a body acquires a place. But no body is moved except in time. Therefore, whatever is made by the action of a body comes to be successively.

For nothing prevents our intellect from under­ standing many things, and being referred in many ways to that which is in itself simple, so as to consider that simple reality under a manifold relationship. And the more simple a thing, the greater is its power, and of so many more things is it the principle, so that it is understood as related in so many more ways. Thus, a point is the principle of more things than a line is, and a line than a surface. 111erefore, the very fact that many things are predicated of God in a relative manner bears wit­ ness to His supreme simplicity.

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