Monthly Archives: August 2012

Speak with precision

Exaggerated expressions accentuate and intensify afflicted emotions. Don’t say “I adore this food” or “I love this car” when a simple “I like” is enough to describe your emotional relationship with a mere object. Don’t say “I hate the heat” … Continue reading

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This is auspicious, 8-12

Reverence, humility, Contentment, and gratitude, Hearing the Dharma at the right time —This is most auspicious.   Patience and compliance, Hearing from the monks, And opportune discussion of the Dharma —This is most auspicious.   Self-restraint and a holy life, … Continue reading

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This is auspicious, 5-7

Looking after one’s mother and father, Caring for one’s wife and children, And unconfused actions —This is most auspicious.   Generosity and a righteous life, Caring for one’s relatives, And blameless actions —This is most auspicious.   To abhor and … Continue reading

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This is auspicious, 1-4

Many divine and human beings Have pondered what are those blessings Which they hope will bring them good fortune: Declare to them, Lord, what is auspicious.   The Blessed One replied:  Not to associate with fools, But to associate with … Continue reading

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The Three Natures

The three natures are the imaginary, the dependent, and the perfected. Whatever is grasped by mental designation is the imaginary nature. Non-entities and the appearances of objects arising in the mind are imaginary. The relationship between name and object, such … Continue reading

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I and the other

When we perceive any object (for example, a tree), how do we come to recognize it? If we cannot distinguish the tree from its setting (the background), we cannot recognize it at all. Therefore, our recognition of the tree requires … Continue reading

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Compounded Interest

If you meditate: 5 minutes a day, in one year you will have meditated 28 hours, equivalent to a 4 day retreat. 10 min. a day, in one year you will have meditated 56 hrs., equivalent to a 9 day … Continue reading

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