Monthly Archives: February 2013

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Open Doors

We must see all the teachings as free of contradiction, and consider all the scriptures as instructions. This will cause the root of sectarianism and prejudice to dry up, and give us a firm foundation in the Buddha’s teachings. At … Continue reading

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Happiness Now and Hereafter

Dighajanu approached the Buddha Shakyamuni: “Venerable Sir, I am an ordinary man, leading the family life with wife and children. Would the Blessed One teach me that which will bring happiness in this world and hereafter?”  The Buddha replied that … Continue reading

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From Ignorance to Death

Through ignorance, intentional actions arise. Through intentional actions, consciousness arises. Through consciousness, mental and physical phenomena arise. Through mental and physical phenomena, the five senses and the mind arise. Through the five senses and the mind, contact arises. Through contact, … Continue reading

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Ten Duties of a Leader

A leader should not crave wealth and property, and should dedicate personal resources to the welfare of all. A leader should cultivate morality, never killing, cheating, stealing, exploiting others, committing adultery, uttering falsehoods, or becoming intoxicated. A leader should sacrifice … Continue reading

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Dependent Origination

When this is, that is. This arising, that arises. When this is not, that is not. This ceasing, that ceases.  —Buddha Shakyamuni, on dependent origination

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The Buddha on Nirvana

There is an unborn, unoriginated, unproduced, unformed. Were there not this unborn, unoriginated, unproduced, unformed, there would be no escape from the world of the born, originated, produced, formed. Since there is an unborn, unoriginated, unproduced, unformed, therefore is there … Continue reading

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