The Seed of Compassion

shabkarEating meat, at the cost of great suffering for animals, is unacceptable. If, bereft of compassion and wisdom, you eat meat, you have turned your back on liberation. The Buddha said, “The eating of meat annihilates the seed of compassion”.

—Shabkar Tsodruk Rangdol

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Deceivers

17415_10152835106638920_6688694777247963614_nThe reason for practicing meditation and seeking to attain samadhi is to escape from the suffering of life. But in seeking to escape from suffering ourselves, why should we inflict it upon others? Unless we can control our minds, so that even the thought of brutal unkindness and killing is abhorrent, we will never be able to escape from bondage to suffering.

After my parinirvana in the last kalpa, different kinds of ghosts will be encountered everywhere, deceiving people, and teaching that they can eat meat and still attain enlightenment. How can one who hopes to become a deliverer of others, himself be living on the flesh of other sentient beings?

―Buddha Shakyamuni, Surangama Sutra

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Four Assurances

10389328_1581415455431572_5636162358350686747_nThe disciple of the Noble Ones, who has a hate-free mind, a malice-free mind, an undefiled mind, and a purified mind, is one by whom four assurances are found here and now.

Suppose there is a hereafter and there is a fruit, result, of deeds done well or ill. Then it is possible that at the dissolution of the body after death, I shall arise in the heavenly world, which is possessed of the state of bliss. This is the first assurance.

Suppose there is no hereafter and there is no fruit, no result, of deeds done well or ill. Yet in this world, here and now, I keep myself free from hatred, free from malice, safe and sound, and happy. This is the second assurance.

Suppose evil befalls an evil-doer. I, however, think of doing evil to no one. Then, how can ill results affect me, who do no evil deed? This is the third assurance.

Suppose evil does not befall an evil-doer. Then I see myself purified in any case. This is the fourth assurance.

The disciple of the Noble Ones, who has such a hate-free mind, such a malice-free mind, such an undefiled mind, and such a purified mind, is one by whom, here and now, these four assurances are found.

―Buddha Shakyamuni, Kalama Sutra

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Back from Retreat

11164762_635814109882737_8624818036283424609_oDear Friends

Please check the Sangha schedule.

Thank you!

SUNDAY MEDITATION & DHARMA TALK

Sundays – 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

10125 San Juan Avenue, Dallas TX 75228

GRUPO DE MEDITACIÓN Y DISCUSIÓN

(Spanish/Castellano)

Domingos, 3 – 5 pm

10125 San Juan Avenue, Dallas TX 75228

EIGHTFOLD NOBLE PATH

Tuesdays, 7 – 9:00 pm

Community Unitarian Universalist Church

2875 E. Parker Rd, Plano, TX

BLIND TURTLE SANGHA

Wednesdays, 7 – 9:00 pm

Pathways Unitarian Universalist Church

479 W. Harwood, Hurst, TX

BUDDHA NATURE

Thursdays, 7 – 9:00 pm

10125 San Juan Avenue, Dallas 75228

BUDDHIST HEALING & MEMORIAL SERVICE

Third Friday of the Month, 7 – 8:00 pm

10125 San Juan Avenue, Dallas TX 75228

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Tying Knots in the Air

brown-fiber-rope-knot-in-spotlightIf we are not trapped in the mire of mental constructs,

the manifestation of awareness is directly seen, free from constructs.

Without tying knots in the air with the rope of speculation,

may we be skilled in spontaneously resting in the genuine nature.

―Mipham Rinpoche

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All

11147867_10152858759233920_2265029592102045049_nBuddhism offers definite and positive instructions with regard to the manner in which humans should develop loving kindness towards all sentient beings that exist in the universe, whether in close proximity or at a distance, seen or unseen, large or small, fierce or timid.

Even those seeking to come into existence, like unborn babies or those in the stage of eggs, are encompassed within this range of universal loving kindness in Buddhism. It specifies this attitude thus declaring ‘May all beings be well and happy’.

—Ven. Dhammavihari

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Perfect

Nagarjuna17You taught that whatever arises dependently

is free of ceasing, free of arising;

free of extinction, free of permanence;

free of coming, free of going;

free of being one, free of being many.

You taught perfect peace, the easing of all elaborations.

Perfect Buddha, supreme among speakers, I pay homage to you.

―Nagarjuna

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