Monthly Archives: March 2012

Samaya

Samaya (Skt. for agreement, contract) is established by accepting initiation or empowerment. It is a close bond or reciprocal commitment between the Lama, on behalf of the lineage, and the practitioner. There are various types and degrees of samaya, but … Continue reading

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The Healing Buddha

Bhaishajya-guru (Bhaishajya-guru-vaidurya-prabha-raja, ‘Supreme Healer and King of Lapis Lazuli Light’), is the Buddha of healing. Commonly referred to as the “Medicine Buddha”, he is described as a doctor who cures suffering with the medicine of his teachings.  In the Bhaiṣajyaguruvaidūryaprabharāja … Continue reading

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Difficult people

Everywhere we go, not only do we encounter ‘difficult’ people, but we also bring our preconceptions and tendencies to bear on all relationships. This is samsara. It is confusion. All of us, to some extent, are ‘difficult’. It cannot be … Continue reading

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Keep a respectful distance

We wish all sentient beings complete liberation and enlightenment, and seek to assist them as much as we can, but we must recognize our present circumstances, and not place ourselves in situations in which afflicted emotions arise. We are under … Continue reading

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All-embracing love

May all be blessed with peace always:  all creatures weak or strong, all creatures great and small. Creatures unseen or seen, dwelling afar or near, born or awaiting birth, may all be blessed with peace!   As with her own … Continue reading

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Skill and experience

Buddha Shakyamuni lived the life of a worldly prince, then went to the forest and practiced rigorous asceticism, before his enlightenment. He thus spoke authoritatively about extreme views and behaviors that do not and cannot secure happiness.  All the Buddhas … Continue reading

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Skillful means

Skillful means are developed in practice. Only time can refine means. Knowledge is necessary, but insufficient. Application is always an art. Enthusiasm is good; sustained effort is better.   If you do not act to help sentient beings, you will … Continue reading

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Meat and Mortality

Eating a single serving of red meat per day may raise the risk of early death, according to a new study published yesterday in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.  The study, which followed more than 120,000 American men and … Continue reading

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Utter simplicity

The three wheels of Dharma turn upon themselves. They are spirals —as we progress through the various levels of the teaching, we re-view what we have learned, and yet now find ourselves at a different depth. Unencumbered with wrong views … Continue reading

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The Concise Heart Sutra

Form is emptiness; emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form also is not other than emptiness. Sensation, perception, volition, and consciousness are empty. All phenomena are merely empty, having no characteristics. They are not produced and do … Continue reading

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