Monthly Archives: March 2012

Two kinds of doubt

There are two kinds of doubt:  doubts leading to confusion, and doubts leading to clarity.   Doubts leading to confusion are thoughts that deny the reality of cause and effect (karma), rebirth, and the Three Jewels (including the salvific activities and … Continue reading

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Baffled by “The Five Aggregates”?

When studying the Dharma, we often come across terminology that may initially baffle us. However, what is most often required is that we translate and define the terms in ways that are accessible to our understanding.  One such difficult term … Continue reading

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Spiritual Technology

Whenever the mind starts spinning negative or obsessive thoughts, counter-spin! That is the visual lesson of the Tibetan prayer wheel. It is not some magic instrument, but a tangible reminder that it is our own afflicted mind that sets thoughts … Continue reading

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Life is not a problem

Life is not a problem. It can be lived, but it cannot be solved. When there is much confusion, it is not a good time to push through to decision. When the winds are blowing in all directions, with dust … Continue reading

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Buddhist Divination

Two friends recently asked about divination practices in Tibetan Buddhism. One wanted to know if there was some validity to it; the other questioned if it was not contrary to Dharma. Since we are seeing more of these practices in … Continue reading

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Karma Transference

Karma transference (Skt. parinamana) is an entirely natural process, in which we share the results of our acts with other beings, through an act of dedication.   Although some persons consider that transference is somehow a denial of the law of … Continue reading

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Nothing to do

Whenever we feel compelled, ‘driven’, to do something, anything, we can remember the words of Milarepa. As long as we feel compulsion, even if it is apparently for the Dharma, it is passion. Only when we do the needful, and … Continue reading

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