Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Wind that Scatters the Clouds

The ground of purification is the universal ground wisdom, which is like the sky.   The object of purification is the incidental stains, which is like the clouds.   The agent of purification is the truth of the path, which … Continue reading

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On Buddha Nature

In all Suchness there is no differentiation. The Tathagata is pure. All beings share that essence. —Sutralankara   This essence of the Tathagata, when not free from the store of defilement, is referred to as the Tathagatagarbha. —Srimaladevi Sutra   … Continue reading

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On Reciting the Holy Name Clearly or Distractedly

There is no difference between the Holy Name recited with clarity of mind or the Holy Name recited when one is wracked by illusive thoughts. Some people say that reciting the Holy Name when one’s mind is serene, without any … Continue reading

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Utilizing Adversity

I bow to the Lord of Compassion!   When food and drink are ample and my bedding dry, it is easier to practice, but less urgent. As this world is tainted with the five corruptions[1], may I swiftly develop the … Continue reading

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Overcoming Delusion

As long as delusion[1] has not ceased, it is impossible for the manifestation of delusion, the cycle of birth and death, to cease. As long as the circulation of the vital winds[2] has not stopped, it is impossible for the … Continue reading

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Cultivating the Mind of Enlightenment

I bow to the Lord of Compassion!  In contact with the objects of the senses, my karmic seeds, impressions, and formations produce paired feelings and emotions: attachment for the pleasant, aversion for the unpleasant, indifference for others— bless me to … Continue reading

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Tonglen: Giving and Taking

I bow to the Lord of Compassion!  All sentient beings, my mothers, wish happiness; all wish to avoid suffering. If all my mothers suffer, how can this child be happy? Bless me to take away their suffering.   I take … Continue reading

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