Monthly Archives: March 2011

Meditation on Breath

Mindfulness of Breath (ānāpānasmṛti: smṛti = mindfulness, ānāpāna = inhalation and exhalation), is a fundamental form of meditation personally taught by Buddha Shakyamuni. According to this teaching, classically presented in the Ānāpānasmṛti Sutra, practicing this form of meditation as a … Continue reading

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The Buddha on Meat-Eating

Excerpt from the Lankavatara Sutra The Blessed One said, “For innumerable reasons, Mahamati, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to eat any animal flesh. “I will explain the reasons. Mahamati, in the long course of transmigration, all sentient … Continue reading

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The Secret of Health

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to anticipate or worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. -Shakyamuni Buddha

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Prayer for Nihilists

  Thus prayed the Omniscient Dolpopa: Arya Nāgārjuna said (Mūlamadhyamakakārikā 13.8): All the Buddhas teach that emptiness Definitely eliminates all viewpoints. Those who hold the view of emptiness Are said to be incurable. May the Buddhas have pity on those who … Continue reading

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Mind Training: 12th Proverb

Lay the Blame for Everything on One Whenever any difficulty or trouble arises we usually blame it on some other person or object. Nations accuse other nations of causing conflict, and even dogs blame their troubles on other dogs. However, … Continue reading

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Heart Sutra Practice

om ah dhih hum svaha om namo bhagavatyai arya-prajnaparamitayai   REFUGE AND BODHICITTA Until we achieve enlightenment, all sentient beings and I Go for refuge to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Trough the virtues I collect by giving and … Continue reading

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What to do AFTER meditation

The purpose of meditation is sattvava-jaya, literally, “triumphant clarity”. When we complete a meditation session, it is important to carry the effects into our daily life, so that mental clarity can be established in our everyday existence. Otherwise, we might … Continue reading

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On Karma: Types and Remedies

Four Types of Karma Positive Karma results in positive effects within samsara liberates from suffering by the power of cessation Negative Karma results in negative effects within samsara perpetuates and increases suffering Throwing Karma directly causes rebirth into a specific realm or … Continue reading

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The Noble Truth of Suffering

While we remain deluded regarding the nature of samsara (the cycle of birth and death which we are currently experiencing), we will not feel the motivation to study and practice the Dharma. What is the nature of our delusion? Plainly … Continue reading

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How to Recite Mantra

Mantra Recitation  Japa is an important limb (anga) of Vajra Yoga, the guiding staff in the hand of blind aspirants to safely traverse the road to Enlightenment. Repetition of mantra (verbal formulas) is known as japa. In this Age of … Continue reading

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