Monthly Archives: October 2012

Nirvana

Nirvana is the extinction of passions, the uncreated, peaceful happiness, eternal bliss, true reality, dharma-body, dharma-nature, suchness, oneness, and Buddha-nature.   Buddha-nature is none other than the Tathagata, the One Thus Come. This Tathagata pervades the countless worlds; He fills the … Continue reading

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A Magic Act

The realization of emptiness can be cultivated directly by reminding ourselves constantly that all appearances are mental elaborations, arising from our accumulated karma, perspectives, tendencies, and desires. Kunchen Dolpopa states in The Supplication: “All phenomena merely arise from conditions, without … Continue reading

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White Bones

Will I die first, or will my neighbor? Will it be today or tomorrow? We do not know.   Those we leave behind and those who go before us are more numerous than the dewdrops that rest briefly beneath the … Continue reading

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Arrogance

The great have no need to be arrogant, and the arrogance of the lowly is futile. A true gem wants no recommendation, and a false jewel goes unwanted, though it be highly praised. —Sakya Pandita, A Precious Treasury

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Unnoticed

Summer and fall slip away; the months and years go by; yesterday is spent, and today draws to a close. Little did I know that I would grow old before I knew it, with the unnoticed passage of the years. … Continue reading

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The most

There is no ornament like virtue. There is no misery like worry. There is no defense like patience. There is no friend like generosity.  —Nagarjuna, The Staff of Wisdom

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Recitation

If a man or a woman, while dwelling in silence, discards all distracting thoughts and, facing West, sits upright; if then, without forming in the mind any image, he or she single-mindedly recites Buddha Amideva’s Name; and if the recitation … Continue reading

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