Monthly Archives: September 2011

Dharma Empowerment

Some people feel that they need a formal investiture of some kind before engaging in ‘overt’ Dharma activity, but anyone and everyone that has taken Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows is ordained and empowered to reduce the suffering and increase the … Continue reading

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Dharma Dreams

Recently, three Dharma friends independently have asked questions regarding Dharma-related dreams and meditation experiences. Typically, they want to explore whether such experiences are valid, and if so, what is their basis. Are they memories from previous lives? Are they communications … Continue reading

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Eating with Compassion

Every day in the US, over 600,000 animals are slaughtered for meat. Like you and I, animals want to live. They suffer pain, they want happiness. If this fact alone does not move you to consider adopting a compassionate diet, … Continue reading

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Beyond words and mind

There is nothing to teach: no religion, no science, and no body of information which will lead our minds back to the Dharma.   Today we speak in this fashion, tomorrow in another, but always the Dharma is beyond words … Continue reading

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Prayer to the Root Lama

Beloved, remember me! Kind Kalyanamitra, remember me! Essence of the perfected ones of the three times, Source of the Holy Dharmas of teaching and experience, Master of the Sangha, the assembly of noble ones, Beloved, remember me! Great treasure of … Continue reading

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Never without

Insight without sobriety makes us delusional. Sobriety without insight makes us despair. Faith without knowledge is rank superstition. Knowledge without faith is unbearable. Compassion without wisdom is foolishness. Wisdom without compassion is cruelty.

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None to all

Some follow the path in order to receive blessings and admiration. This is meaningless.   Some follow the path half for the sake of others, half for their own. They will traverse at best half of the way.   But those … Continue reading

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On Patience

The alternatives to patience in the spiritual life are frustration, anger, and wasted energy. By trying to force ourselves to grow we hinder our growth. If we try to force others to change we prevent them from changing. Patience is … Continue reading

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The Three Pillars of Health

There are Three Pillars of Health that pervade, interpenetrate, and integrate the subtle and gross bodies. Although we speak of them as three separate principles, they are in essence three expressions of one life-sustaining power. This power adopts these three  … Continue reading

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No such thing as tolerance

To the ordinary being, others often require tolerance. To the highly evolved beings, there is no such thing as tolerance, because there is no such thing as other.   They have given up all ideas of separateness and extended their … Continue reading

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