Monthly Archives: March 2013

Do Not Kill

You should not kill a sentient being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should you incite another to kill.  Do not injure any being, strong or weak, in the world.  —Buddha Shakyamuni, Sutta Nipata

Posted in Sutra | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

In the Present and the Future

If sentient beings are mindful of Amideva and recite his Holy Name, without fail they will see the Buddha in their present and their future lives.  —Sutra of the Samadhi of Heroic Advance

Posted in Pure Land | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

For The Benefit Of Others

Bodhisattvas work for the benefit of others in eleven ways: befriending the friendless; counseling the confused; helping the helpless; protecting the fearful; comforting the grieving; sharing with the destitute; mentoring those who seek spiritual guidance; accompanying those traversing the path; … Continue reading

Posted in Dharma View | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Maps of the Truth

Teachings point to the truth, but are not The Truth.  There can be various maps that guide us to our destination —some will be more or less exact than others— but none of them IS the destination. We cannot set … Continue reading

Posted in Dharma View | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Absolute Mind of Enlightenment

I bow to the Lord of Compassion.   In sleep, the six spheres of thought, sound, touch, sight, taste, and smell seem real. This same mind views the world by day— bless me to regard all phenomena as dreams.   … Continue reading

Posted in Mind Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Desire and its outcomes

We want something, and we don’t get it. We want something, we get it, but it’s not what we expected. We want something, we get it, it’s just what we expected, and then we lose it.

Posted in Dharma View | Leave a comment

Mind Training: 1. Preliminaries

I bow to the Lord of Compassion.   My human life with all its freedoms, extremely rare, difficult to repeat— bless me with zeal, all day and night, to seize this opportunity.   My fragile body, like a water bubble, … Continue reading

Posted in Mind Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Different Delights

The covetous delight in things. The ambitious are pleased by flattery. The ignorant rejoice at meeting another fool. The virtuous rejoice at hearing the truth. —Sakya Pandita  

Posted in Dharma View | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Daily Drama

Purifying the mind is not a mystical process. It is nothing more than letting go of the false view of self. That is the cause of suffering: looking at this name and form (nama-rupa, mind and body) and taking it … Continue reading

Posted in Q&A | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sede vacante

After the resignation of Benedict XVI as Bishop of Rome and Pontiff of the Catholic Church, various commentators have put forth some considerations for selecting his successor.   Conservatives, betting on continuity, recommend examining all candidates in terms of their professional … Continue reading

Posted in Dharma View | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments