Monthly Archives: July 2012

1st Bodhisattva Vow

As a disciple of the Buddha, I shall not kill, encourage others to kill, kill by expedient means, praise killing, rejoice at witnessing killing, or kill through incantation or deviant mantras. I must not create the causes, conditions, methods, or … Continue reading

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Voluntary Death, Euthanasia, and Assisted Suicide

Suicide postpones and intensifies karma. Dharma ethics do not condone euthanasia or assisted suicide: deliberately causing the death of a patient at his/her request by any lethal means. If requested by the patient, Dharma practitioners may describe —but never recommend— … Continue reading

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A favorite

A Song on the Six Perfections   For generosity, nothing to do Other than cease fixating on self.   For morality, nothing to do Other than cease being dishonest.   For patience, nothing to do Other than not fear what … Continue reading

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The place where our attachments reside

During the summer, many of us will travel back home to visit family and friends. ‘Back home’ is not a particular location —it is the place where our attachments reside. Unless we are truly detached, old habits assert themselves, and … Continue reading

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Mantrayana, the vehicle of mantra

When we lack certainty, and when our understanding of the Dharma is inadequate, we require complex and difficult practices. However, since all that we do has as its objective to separate the mind from cognitive and affective stains, why not … Continue reading

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In this and future lives

If anyone says that we must reap in this life according to our present deeds, in that case there is no spiritual cultivation, nor is an opportunity afforded for the entire extinction of sorrow.   But if anyone says that what … Continue reading

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Sudden liberation, gradual enlightenment

Transference of merit is an essential practice of Mahayana Buddhism: whenever we perform virtuous actions, we dedicate the merit to universal liberation. We are not, however, the first to do so —countless previous Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have dedicated their merit … Continue reading

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