Monthly Archives: August 2012

The four marks of impermanence

Whatever is gathered will disperse; whatever rises will fall; whatever comes together will separate; whatever is born is subject to death.

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Precious advice from a Chinese Master

Living in the world yet not forming attachments to the dust of the world is the way of a true Dharma student.  When witnessing the good action of another, encourage yourself to follow the example.   Hearing of the mistaken action … Continue reading

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The best friend

Knowing that possessions are ephemeral and devoid of essence, practice generosity with respect toward monks, teachers, the destitute, and relatives. For the next life, there is no better friend than what one has given.  —Arya Nagarjuna, Letter to a Friend

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Singleness of mind

Buddha-nature is great singleness of mind. Why? Because through singleness of mind the Bodhisattva-Mahasattva acquires all the perfections, from generosity to wisdom. All sentient beings will without fail ultimately realize great singleness of mind. Therefore it is taught, “All sentient … Continue reading

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Great love and great compassion

Great love and great compassion are called Buddha-nature. Why? Because great love and great compassion always accompany the Bodhisattva, just as shadows accompany things. All sentient beings will without fail ultimately realize great love and great compassion. Therefore it is … Continue reading

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The single and definitive aspiration

Know that the essence of the teaching is that when we realize true and real shinjin (Skt. citta-prasāda, clear heart-mind, the single and definitive aspiration), we are born in the Pure Land. —Shinran Shonin, Notes on ‘Essentials of Faith Alone’

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Appropriate Practice

You should undertake practice in accord with your opportunities and conditions, and seek emancipation. Why do you obstruct and confuse me with what is not the essential practice corresponding to my conditions?   What I desire is the practice corresponding to … Continue reading

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