Buddha of the Three Times, my precious Lama, Primordial Holder of the Peacock Throne, Victory Banner of Wisdom of the Great Middle Way, Omniscient Jonangpa, please look upon me with compassion!
May I know all appearances are vanity. May I know that I dream while dreaming. May I know that I die while dying. According to Your Promise, may I be born with You in Dewachen.
All notions of self and phenomenon, subject and object, grasper and grasped are mere transformations of consciousness only. By this truth, may all sentient beings everywhere hear the Holy Name, awaken to the Boundless Radiance, and spontaneously arise in Dewachen.
May these pure wishes be fulfilled through the Truth of the Three Jewels; the great might of Your Promise; the blessings of the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion; the tireless activity of the Protector, the Mother of Clear Light; our vigorous prayers of definitive aspiration; and the virtue of all holy and ordinary beings.
om mani peme hum
Dharmadatta Community Nuns
Women, Ananda, having gone forth
are able to realize the fruit of stream-entry,
or the fruit of once-returning,
or the fruit of non-returning,
or complete enlightenment.
What does gender matter at all,
when the mind is concentrated well,
when knowledge flows on steadily
as one sees correctly into the Dharma?
One to whom it might occur,
“I am a woman” or “I am a man”
or “I’m anything at all” is deceived.
Abandon wrongdoing. It can be done. If there were no likelihood, I would not ask you to do it.
But since it is possible and brings about blessings and happiness, I do ask you to abandon wrongdoing.
Cultivate doing good. It can be done. If it brought deprivation and sorrow, I would not ask you to do it.
But since it brings blessings and happiness, I do ask you: Cultivate doing good.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Angutara Nikaya
If I do not conquer my own hatred,
the more I fight outer enemies, the more they will increase.
Therefore, with the powers of loving-kindness and compassion,
to tame my own mind is the practice of a Bodhisattva.
HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR!
“There are no auspicious days. It is us that make them so.”
A new moment arises at every instant, and yet, conventionally we observe the beginning of a new year on this day.
Although there is ultimately no intrinsic special significance to any particular date, this Lunar New Year observance represents an opportunity to re-dedicate ourselves to the practice of loving kindness and compassion.
Let us make this day auspicious!
The Dharma teaches that the manifestation of a consequence requires the confluence of multiple causes and conditions. Wrong views, afflicted emotions (attachment, aversion, and indifference), and the habits and tendencies that impel us to act in ways that are unskillful or undesirable constitute the fundamental causes of unbeneficial actions. The conditions that favor such conducts include material circumstances, similarly-inclined company, and situations.
If we desire to avoid those habitual tendencies, it is essential that we avoid conducive conditions for its manifestation. A well-known example is that of a person with alcoholic tendencies, who must avoid proximity and access to alcohol (material circumstances), persons with similar conducts (company), and those events in which this behavior is normative (situations).
We can successfully apply this strategy to all unskillful tendencies, identifying and avoiding the triggers that favor the repetition of any conduct we may wish to eliminate.
Now, while there is freedom to act,
I should always present a smiling face
and cease to frown and grimace.
The first to extend my hand in kindness,
I shall be a friend to the whole world.