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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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