Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tolerance and cruelty

To forgive is not synonymous with tolerance for wrongful actions. Forgiveness only requires that the actions we take be inspired by sincere love and compassion, instead of anger and resentment. Tolerating bad behavior can be a form of cruelty, since … Continue reading

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Cultivating our faults

Our faults are merely narrow or constricted expressions of virtue, and can thus be expanded beyond their present limits through cultivation. Attachment is the limited expression of loving kindness, since both lead us to perceive that which is desirable. When … Continue reading

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Doctrines that students can bear

Just as grammarians Begin with reading the alphabet, The Buddha teaches doctrines That students can bear. To some he teaches doctrines For the reversal of sin; To some, in order to win merit; To some, doctrines based on duality. To … Continue reading

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About “powers”

The clairvoyant may see forms which are elsewhere, but they cannot see the formless. The telepathic may communicate directly with the mind of another, but they cannot communicate with one who has achieved no-mind. The telekinetic may move an object … Continue reading

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Valid cognition (pramana)

There are essentially three sources of valid cognition: direct perception (pratyaksha), inference (anumana), and valid testimony (shabda). Of course, the quality of all three can be compromised by our own or others’ afflicted emotions and obscurations to wisdom. To give … Continue reading

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Aspiration Prayer of the Ultimate Definitive Meaning

 Om! Let there be auspiciousness! In all my lifetimes, may the three trainings, the three precepts, and all my tantric commitments be completely pure without blemishes! May my bodily postures, yogic gaze, and all of the extremely fine vital winds … Continue reading

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The great compassionate ones cannot be pleased

Just as no pleasure can bring delight To someone whose body is ablaze with fire, The great compassionate ones cannot be pleased When harm is done to sentient beings. — Shantideva Happy Thanksgiving! Today and every day Please protect the lives … Continue reading

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