Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Greatest

The greatest achievement is selflessness. The greatest worth is self-mastery. The greatest quality is seeking to serve others. The greatest precept is continual awareness. The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything. The greatest action is not conforming with the … Continue reading

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Why this? Why now?

Our view of the continuum of cause and effect in our and others’ lives is narrow and shallow —and perhaps necessarily so, given our limited momentary perspective. While we do know that there is no effect without a cause, we … Continue reading

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Polishing beryl

Traditionally, the process of polishing beryl, a much-prized gem, consisted of three steps: first, the stone was immersed in saltwater and scoured with coarse cloth; then it was immersed in vinegar and scrubbed with woollen rags; and finally it was … Continue reading

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Great Discourse on Blessings

To associate not with the foolish To be with the wise To honor the worthy ones This is a Blessing Supreme.   To reside in a suitable location To have good past deeds done To set oneself in the right … Continue reading

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No hope. No fear.

We are surrounded by compassion and supported with kindness on every side. This is not wishful thinking or mundane piety. We took Refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha —unerring and permanent protection. We can worry about the … Continue reading

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The Six Realms

Traditional Buddhist teachings speak extensively of the six realms or paths into which sentient beings are born (gods, demigods, humans, animals, ghosts, and hell beings), and one must be careful to both present the teachings and receive them in accordance … Continue reading

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Seeing reality as it is

How can primordial reality be seen? In beautiful forms, breathtaking wonders, awe-inspiring miracles?   Primordial reality is not obliged to present itself this way. It is always present and always available. When speech is exhausted and the mind pacified, it … Continue reading

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