Monthly Archives: December 2011

Success in all endeavors!

Success in any endeavor is measured not by the results obtained, but by the quality and intensity of the intention with which the action is performed; the beneficial effect on others of the person, thing, or situation that is the … Continue reading

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Two and Three

Two Fundamental Obscurations to Wisdom The self of persons: We perceive ourselves and others as if there were a substantial ‘person’ that is permanent and exists independently of our own perceptions. We do not realize that —at best— these perceptions … Continue reading

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

The start of the New Year is often the perfect time to turn a new page in your life, which is why so many people make New Year’s resolutions. But why do so many resolutions fail? Researchers have looked at … Continue reading

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Anger and negativity

The Dharma allows us to separate our discernment (of what is positive and negative) from our emotions. It is not that we will no longer perceive whether something is harmful or beneficial, positive or negative, but that we will be … Continue reading

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Emotions and Fabrications

The cause of afflicted emotions (attachment, aversion, and indifference) is wrong view, of which there are only two: wrong view about the self, and wrong view about phenomena (everyone/everything else). Neither we nor ‘the other’ are truly as we appear … Continue reading

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Without Partiality

Equanimity is the mind that wishes liberation and enlightenment for friend and foe alike, but we might sometimes think this only requires that we not discriminate against our enemies. That is indeed so: we should not wish our enemies any … Continue reading

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The Beatitudes of Lord Jesus and Lord Buddha

Blessed are the poor in   spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are the meek, for   they shall possess the land.  Blessed are they who mourn,   for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are they that … Continue reading

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