Monthly Archives: September 2011

Seeing everything, labeling nothing

To the ordinary person, the body of humanity seems vast. In truth, it is neither bigger nor smaller than anything else.   To the ordinary person, there are others whose awareness needs raising. In truth, there is no separation between … Continue reading

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Fragile and fleeting

Each moment is fragile and fleeting.   The moment of the past cannot be kept, however beautiful. The moment of the present cannot be held, however enjoyable. The moment of the future cannot be caught, however desirable.   The mind … Continue reading

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Slander and ingratitude

When slander and ingratitude distress you, it is more necessary to speak well of others than to defend yourself.   It is more beneficial to remain silent than to trouble another.

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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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