Monthly Archives: November 2011

4 x 4: How to Understand a Teaching

In order to properly understand a Dharma teaching, it is necessary to consider its Foundational Intent, Content, Applicability, and Form: Foundational Intent is defined as the overarching purpose, in the context of the entirety of the teaching: Is it provisional … Continue reading

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Karma: Types, Factors, Protections & Remedies

Four Types of Karma Positive results in positive effects within samsara liberates from suffering Negative results in negative effects within samsara perpetuates and increases suffering Throwing directly causes rebirth into a specific realm or state causes rebirth as a human with either great fortune … Continue reading

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To remove the sufferings of infinite sentient beings

To remove the sufferings of infinite sentient beings who have been your mother over and over, repeatedly make potent prayers again and again with love and compassion, and listen when the great conch shell of Dharma is blown. No matter … Continue reading

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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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