Monthly Archives: July 2012

‘Heroic’ Measures

Dharma practitioners accept the natural rhythm of life and death, and do not engage in extraordinary measures to prolong life (in fact, suffering) at great effort and expense. These ‘heroic’ measures include those actions that cause ecological and societal harm … Continue reading

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Pain killers at death

Palliative measures can and should be employed whenever possible to mitigate pain and suffering, but the clouding of consciousness through the use of excessive anodyne (pain-killing) therapy should be avoided, as a conscious exit from this plane is beneficial for … Continue reading

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End of Life Process

The death process follows a general pattern, although some stages can be abbreviated to the point of imperceptibility, while others can be extended considerably:   1.    In the terminally ill, prana (life force) becomes debilitated and begins to withdraw from the … Continue reading

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The only thing

Nothing belongs to us. Only our attachment to things belongs to us.

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King, Boatman, Shepherd?

A bodhisattva may choose any of three paths to help sentient beings in the process of achieving enlightenment: the Bodhisattva King aspires to become a Buddha as soon as possible, and then help sentient beings attain enlightenment, guiding them through … Continue reading

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10th Bodhisattva Vow

As a disciple of the Buddha, I shall not disparage the Triple Jewel or encourage others to do so. I must not create the causes, conditions, methods, or karma of slander. If I hear but a single word of slander against … Continue reading

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9th Bodhisattva Vow

As a disciple of the Buddha, I must not harbor anger or encourage others to be angry. I should not create the causes, conditions, methods, or karma of anger. As a disciple of the Buddha, I must be compassionate and … Continue reading

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