Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Certainty of Death

Whoever has lived and will live Must discard this body and depart. Cognizant of death, the wise become realized. They come to abide in the dharma And practice. All the transient beings that have lived In the past have died. … Continue reading

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The Importance of This Life

If, having obtained freedoms such as these, I do not practice virtuous actions, There could be no greater self-deception. There could be no greater foolishness.   This human life with its freedoms and endowments Is very difficult to obtain. If … Continue reading

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The 50% Rule

Ayurveda, literally, is the science of life. It is not medicine, which by definition is focused on disease and its remediation. It does not value our deficits nearly as much as our strengths.   That strength, that life force —prana— needs … Continue reading

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Probability of a Human Rebirth

The Difficulty of Obtaining a Human Body from the Viewpoint of Cause To obtain the human body endowed with the freedoms and conditions needed to practice the Dharma, one must have the cause, which is the performance of pure virtue. … Continue reading

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A Precious Human Birth

I am now free of the eight unfavorable states: birth as a hell being, a hungry ghost, an animal, a demigod, or a god[1]; grossly wrong views[2]; an unsuitable location for the practice of the Dharma; and defective sensual and … Continue reading

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The Mind

That which is commonly called “mind” is best understood within the context of the teaching on the eight consciousnesses.  If we observe clearly the process of perception, we will recognize that mere contact between sense organs and sense objects does … Continue reading

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Saving Lives

Benefits of Saving the Lives of Other Living Beings –His Holiness Chatral Sange Dorje Rinpoche   Glory to the Buddha Amitayus, Buddha of Eternal life, and the Bodhisattvas!  The unimaginable benefits saving the lives of other living beings are described in … Continue reading

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If everything is emptiness

In the auto-commentary to The Fourth Council, the Omniscient Dolpopa asks the proponents of self-emptiness (rangtongpas), with folded hands: How is the realization that everything is empty of self not the same as no realization? How is the explanation of … Continue reading

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Relying on a Spiritual Friend

First Contemplation Relying on a Spiritual Friend Residing in the unborn expanse of reality, inseparable from the Pure Bodies of Truth, Glory, and Compassion, are the Holders of the Lineage of Definitive Meaning— the awareness of my own true essence. … Continue reading

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If there is no re-birth

In the Great Middle Way, the translation of “Tathagata” is given as “One Come (Back) Thus”, rather than “One Gone Thus (to Peace)”. The original Sanskrit supports both translations —it is not whimsical. Some schools of Dharma (in particular, those … Continue reading

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