Monthly Archives: May 2012

Peace and clarity

These two mental states are conducive to correct knowledge. Which two? Peace and clarity.  By developing peace, what purpose is served? Mind is purified. By purifying mind, what purpose is served? Craving is abandoned.  By developing clarity, what purpose is … Continue reading

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How to study the Dharma

When studying the Dharma, we must avoid the three defects:  A pot turned upside down cannot be filled. When we are distracted, unwilling to learn, or preoccupied with other matters, it is not possible to receive the teachings. This mental … Continue reading

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Saga Dawa 2012

Saga Dawa is the entire fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, which this year begins on May 20 and ends on June 19. The Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and release into nirvana are observed together on the 15th day of … Continue reading

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Impress yourself

Don’t spend money you don’t have on things you don’t need to impress people you don’t like.   Treasure, use, and reuse what you have; simplify your life; impress yourself!

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Accumulating Merit

Train yourself in accumulating merit, yielding long-lasting happiness. Cultivate the practice of giving, virtuous conduct, and a mind of loving kindness. By cultivating these qualities, the wise attain untroubled and happy states.  —Buddha Shakyamuni  In the sutras, ten activities are … Continue reading

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Buddha Nature

Those who desire liberation strive to comprehend the Great Middle Way of perfect truth, which is free from extremes of exaggeration and denigration. How is it comprehended? The Buddha Nature that exists as the ground is like a wish-fulfilling jewel … Continue reading

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Conforming to the various lands

In preaching the Dharma, there is no justification for using one exclusive language. All that I desire is that the sense and the reasoning are not deficient. It is necessary to preach according to the understanding of those to whom … Continue reading

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Thank you, Mother!

For giving me life, protection, and nourishment, for giving me education and confidence, for encouraging and consoling me, for teaching me kindness and compassion, for being my example and my goal, for being everyone and everything, thank you, Mother!

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Mistakes

We can learn from all actions, positive, neutral, and negative, if we remain mindful —that is, if we observe dispassionately the mental processes that led us to them, their actual performance, and the consequences that ensue.  The key word is … Continue reading

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Smash the citadel of doubt

Whether you are going or staying or sitting or lying down, the whole world is your own self. You must find out whether the mountains, rivers, grass, and forests exist in your own mind or exist outside it.  Analyze the … Continue reading

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