Monthly Archives: May 2012

Anger, liberated

Don’t follow after the object of hatred —look at the angry mind. Anger, liberated by itself as it arises, is the clear void. The clear void is none other than mirrorlike wisdom. —Patrul Rinpoche

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Correction

Someone who has acted negligently, but later becomes careful and attentive, is as beautiful as the bright moon emerging from behind the clouds. —Arya Nagarjuna

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10 Original Bodhisattva Vows

The Bodhisattva feels the awakening of a great heart of compassion and utters the ten original vows: to honor and serve the Buddhas; to share the teachings and practice of the Dharma; to welcome all future Buddhas; to practice the … Continue reading

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Remember

Whatever is born will die; whatever is gathered will be dispersed; whatever is joined will come apart; whatever rises will fall down.

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Judicious in three ways

First, be judicious in finding a teacher; then, be judicious in listening to the teachings; finally, be judicious in practicing the teachings. whoever is judicious in these three ways will make unerring progress on the path.

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Where is fear?

From attachment springs grief, From attachment springs fear. For one who is wholly free from attachment There is no grief, whence then fear? From lust springs grief, from lust springs fear. For one who is wholly free from lust There … Continue reading

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24 Hour Ordination

During any 24-hour period, and especially on significant days (such as those between May 20 and June 19, in the month of Saga Dawa), we can accumulate great merit by taking the eight Mahayana lay ordination vows.  From now until … Continue reading

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The Truth Itself

The teachings in all the sutras are intended for the consideration and guidance of the discerning minds of all people, but they are not the truth itself, which can only be realized within one’s deepest awareness.  —Buddha Shakyamuni, Lankavatara Sutra

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Owning our emotions

Most people are in the mental habit of considering that emotions come from outside. For example, we say things like “she makes me angry,” “he makes me happy”, “it scares me.”   However, even a very superficial examination is enough to … Continue reading

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Test the Dharma

Without melting, beating, weighing and polishing a yellow metal, one should not take it for gold. Likewise, without analysis one should not accept the Dharma as valid. —Buddha Shakyamuni

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