Monthly Archives: November 2013

“Not To Kill”

In the Dhammika Sutta, the Buddha says that ‘not to kill’ means three things:  You do not do it yourself; you do not get others to do it; and you do not encourage, condone, applaud, aid, and abet when others … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

The season for the massive slaughter of turkeys is upon us. Between 250 and 300 million turkeys are raised for slaughter every year in the U.S. alone. And that is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg: in the United … Continue reading

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Better Alone

If we are not comfortable being alone, it’s likely we will settle for poor company.

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Dharma View Corrective Lenses

Cognitive obscuration (the view of duality: self and other, grasper and grasped) is inherent in embodied beings in samsara, but by cultivating Right View we can live without unnecessary anguish.   I wear corrective lenses since I was 6 years old, because … Continue reading

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“I Am In Hell!”

Occasionally we find ourselves in unbearable situations, and believe we are in hell. Since hell is a mental state, it is possible for all of us to visit. However, we decidedly (and fortunately) do not dwell there most of the … Continue reading

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Padampa’s Advice 4

Forget worldly concerns[1]; concentrate instead on the life to come. Friends, that is the definitive aspiration.   [1] Hope for happiness and fear of suffering; hope for fame and fear of insignificance; hope for praise and fear of blame; and … Continue reading

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Padampa’s Advice 3

Let us give our very lives, hearts, and minds to the Three Jewels, Friends, and their blessings cannot but arise.

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