Monthly Archives: October 2011

Accepting Refuge

Going for Refuge and accepting Refuge are causally related, but different. Going for Refuge is a necessary step toward taking Refuge, but asking for a blessing and accepting it are not one and the same act.   Accepting Refuge means that … Continue reading

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Agnostic fundamentalism

There is a growing militancy among so-called agnostics who vociferously deny the validity of all faith traditions, including Buddha Dharma. Not only do they challenge the received teachings, but accuse all who accept them of dogmatism. However, if one is truly … Continue reading

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You are pure as you are

There is a mantra of which my Root Lama was very fond: om svabhava suddha sarva dharma svabhava suddho’ham It can be translated: “All is pure as it is. I am pure as i am.” However, he always cautioned me … Continue reading

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“I Can’t Meditate!”

As we begin the practice of meditation, we may discover that our minds don’t remain still for a single moment. We may then form the opinion that meditation is not beneficial, because it apparently creates more agitation, or we may … Continue reading

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Nectar and fragrance

Whatever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, and the welfare of all beings, accept and subscribe to that view, and take it as your guide.  As the bee collects nectar … Continue reading

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Righteous ways

They do not follow righteous ways who resort to violence to achieve their purpose. But those who lead others through non-violent means, knowing right and wrong, are the guardians of righteous ways. —Buddha Shakyamuni

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Profound truth

Profound truth, so difficult to perceive and taxing to understand— but tranquilizing and sublime— is not to be gained by mere reasoning. It is perceived only by wisdom. —Buddha Shakyamuni

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Perception is a mental event

In ordinary perception, although we are under the impression that the sense organs and faculties are in actual contact with an external, inherently existent object, the fact is that such perception is only a mental event, constructed on the basis … Continue reading

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The stains are burnt by wisdom

In cloth purified by fire, […] the stains are burnt but not the cloth. Similarly, with the luminous mind, sullied with stains arisen from desire, the stains are burnt by wisdom, but not the luminous mind. Those sutras taught by … Continue reading

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The end of suffering

For one who clings, agitation exists, but for one who clings not, there is no agitation. Where there is no agitation, there is stillness. Where there is stillness, there is no craving. Where there is no craving, there is neither … Continue reading

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