Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Realm of Hungry Ghosts

I do not have the freedom To remain in this human realm for long, As death will destroy this body in the end. After death, I will be compelled to take rebirth. If I do not engage in virtuous deeds … Continue reading

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Tolerating afflictions

If, in return for not the slightest wrong of mine, Someone were to cut off even my very head, Through the power of compassion to take all his negative actions Upon myself is the practice of a Spiritual Hero. Even … Continue reading

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The Cold, Neighboring, and Ephemeral Hells

I do not have the freedom To remain in this human realm for long, As death will destroy this body in the end. After death, I will be compelled to take rebirth. If I do not engage in virtuous deeds … Continue reading

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How to Study the Dharma

Avoid the Three Defects A pot turned upside down cannot be filled. When we are distracted, unwilling to learn, or preoccupied with other matters, it is not possible to receive the teachings. This mental state is compared to a pot … Continue reading

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The Suffering of the Hot Hells

I do not have the freedom To remain in this human realm for long, As death will destroy this body in the end. After death, I will be compelled to take rebirth. If I do not engage in virtuous deeds And commit … Continue reading

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Private and collective karma

Ordinary beings have accumulated karma for countless lives.  Some of this karma is shared with others, and some is private. For example, environmental conditions are shared experience, but our individual feelings about these conditions are private. Those beings who occupy … Continue reading

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Bodhisattva Vows

The Bodhisattva Vows are the foundation of all Dharma training. With a developed ethical base, much of the emotional conflict and stress that we experience are resolved, allowing commitment and more conscious choice. The Bodhisattva Vows are not commands or … Continue reading

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Impermanence and Death

Nothing stays the same. Everything changes. Many have died, both young and old. I am of the same nature. My body, my affairs, and my enjoyments are ephemeral. I do not know the circumstances of my death. If my mind … Continue reading

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Time is a mental construct

Time is a mental construct —it does not exist inherently. It is a function of attention. When we focus our attention on objects or events in a particular sequence, we construct a timeline. However, that timeline only reflects our process … Continue reading

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Unhelpful Questions

During the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, the Buddha refused to answer a set of 14 ‘philosophical’ questions —not because He could not answer them, but because such considerations do not help (and may hinder) our spiritual cultivation … Continue reading

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