Monthly Archives: February 2011

Mind Training: 10th Proverb

Begin the Sequence of Exchange with Yourself In order to be able to take on the sufferings of others, begin the sequence of exchange with yourself. Take on mentally all the suffering that will ripen for you in the future. … Continue reading

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Krsa Gautami and the Mustard Seed

One day, when the rainy season had ended, Krsa Gautami, the wife of a rich man, was plunged deep into grief by the loss of her only son, a baby boy who had died just when he was old enough … Continue reading

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The Dharma is for Everyone

Angulimala: A Story of the Power of Compassion (As told by Ven. Walpola Piyananda Thera in Love in Buddhism) There was once the son of a Brahmin (the “priestly” caste in India) in the court of King Pasenadi of Kosala, … Continue reading

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Respect for All Paths

Look at the Wheel of Dharma. There is a central hub, from which spokes run outward to the rim, and beyond. The distance between two adjoining spokes is greatest at the rim, and progressively becomes smaller as the spokes join … Continue reading

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Simplify Your Life

In order to simplify your life, please observe all your activities, with special attention to sensory input (thinking, hearing, touching, seeing, tasting, and smelling), and consider which can be: AVOIDED: activities and situations that can be eliminated entirely, since they … Continue reading

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Prayer for Purification

om Vajrasattva! I rely on Your Vow To stand by me and sustain me, To console and to nourish me, to love me unreservedly, To grant me all attainments, to purify my actions, And make my mind auspicious.   Sovereign … Continue reading

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To Be Born in the Pure Land

ARYA VASUBANDHU’S VERSES OF ASPIRATION FOR BIRTH UPADESHA ON THE AMITAYUS SUTRA   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 … Continue reading

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