Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Causes of Disease

The natural condition (svabhava) of all sentient beings, including health —one of its manifestations— is perfection. All aspects of our embodied existence have normal standards (normal for each specific Singularity) in respect of quantity (pramana), quality (guna), and function (karma). … Continue reading

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Prayer for Dewachen

EH MA HO  In front sits the marvelous Amitabha, Buddha of Infinite Light On His right stands Chenrezig, Lord of Compassion And on His left stands Vajrapani, Lord of Powerful Means Surrounded by innumerable Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.   Limitless peace … Continue reading

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Mind Training: 9th Proverb

Train the mind in all forms of activity. Gain is illusion; loss is enlightenment. Take all loss and defeat from others; give all victory and gain to them. Whatever we do, we should always practice according to these teachings. Whether … Continue reading

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Prakriti Among some modern practitioners of Ayurveda, the determination of prakriti (nature or singularity; often rendered as ‘constitution’) is limited to evaluating the diathesis (disease-tendency) of individuals. But knowing the diathesis is often insufficient, and sometimes even misleading, when attempting … Continue reading

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Civility is not enough

The blame game over the tragic events in Arizona began immediately. Predictably, one side blames the harsh discourse of the other, and the other side takes umbrage at what will now be famously (if grossly inaccurately) called ‘blood libel’. Demonizing … Continue reading

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Birth in the Pure Land

ARYA VASUBANDHU’S VERSES OF ASPIRATION FOR BIRTH IN THE PURE LAND O World-Honored One, with singleness of mind, I take refuge in the Tathagata of Unhindered Light Shining throughout the Ten Directions, And aspire to be born in the Land … Continue reading

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Dharma, Health, and Nutrition

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR SELECTING FOODSTUFFS   Nutritional recommendations in Shuddha Ayurveda are based on a thorough understanding of Prakriti (singularity), time, place, and circumstance. They are based on observation and experience, and their suitability can and must be verified in … Continue reading

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