Monthly Archives: February 2012

“Taking one for the team”

There has been much talk of loyalty, famously described by a US presidential pre-candidate in a recent debate as the willingness to ‘take one for the team’, even when such actions are contrary to one’s principles and harmful to others.   … Continue reading

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A mind of good will

Even if bandits were to carve you up savagely, limb by limb, with a two-handled saw, those among you who let their hearts get angered even at that would not be doing my bidding.   Even then you should train … Continue reading

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LOSAR Refuge Ceremony

Yesterday, at the Dallas Meditation Center’s LOSAR celebration, more than 50 Dharma students accepted Refuge for the first time, or renewed their vows! I wish to express my gratitude to the founder and director, Brother ChiSing, and the wonderful DMC … Continue reading

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When the Dharma seems a maze of confusion

The cultivation of the Dharma requires a gradual progression through the teachings, and when they are presented in a haphazard manner, they tend to generate confusion. My Root Teacher always said that when someone does not understand the Dharma, the … Continue reading

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Exercise advice from the Buddha

There are these five benefits of walking for exercise. What five?  One is fit for long journeys; one is fit for striving; one has little disease; one has proper digestion; one attains long-lasting composure.  These are the five benefits of … Continue reading

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The Root of Prosperity

The root of wealth and prosperity is generosity. We can change our wealth karma by liberally giving voluntarily of what we have. It is a spiritual practice.  Dāna is a Sanskrit term meaning “charity” or “giving” —the practice of generosity, … Continue reading

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Monk for a day

Great merit can be accumulated by taking and observing these One-day Mahayana Precepts for any 24-hour period. The vows can be taken at your own home altar, in a temple, or simply after invoking the presence of the Buddha. Avoid … Continue reading

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