Monthly Archives: April 2014

Useless Projects

Your mind is spinning around about carrying out a lot of useless projects. It’s a waste! Give it up! Thinking about the hundred plans you want to accomplish, with never enough time to finish them, just weighs down your mind. … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Bloom of Compassion

From the soil of loving-kindness Grows the beautiful bloom of compassion, Watered with tears of empathic joy, Under the cool shade of the tree of equanimity. —Longchen Rabjampa

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Mahayana and Hinayana

It is currently deemed politically incorrect to use the term Hinayana  to identify followers of some historical Dharma lineages. I concur without reservations that it is inappropriate to label fellow Buddhists as such, based on their allegiance to a particular … Continue reading

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Heart of the Enlightened Mind

The Compassionate Heart of the Enlightened Mind is the supreme elixir that overcomes the sovereignty of death. It is the inexhaustible treasure that eliminates poverty in the world. It is the supreme medicine that quells the world’s disease. It is the … Continue reading

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My Teachers, My Friends

Arya Shantideva said that it is pointless to revere the Buddhas if we do not also revere all sentient beings, for it is in their association that we obtain the opportunity to learn and practice the Dharma. Today, I would … Continue reading

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Five Mental Corruptions

There are the five corruptions of the mind, on account of which the mind is not flexible, controlled, or luminous, but fragile and lacking in the concentration which leads to the removal of impurities. And, which are those five? Sensual … Continue reading

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Those who know gratitude, even while in the cycle of birth and death, will keep intact their roots of virtue.   Those who do not know gratitude ruin their roots of virtue and accumulate unwholesome karma.   Therefore, the Tathagatas … Continue reading

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Serene Trust

Serene Trust is the gift of the Buddhas, the shower of Their compassion. When we invoke the Buddhas through prayer and mantra, it is not to ask, beg, cajole, or barter. We express our gratitude for Their blessings of peace and … Continue reading

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Give Them Up

O Kalamas, when you know for yourself that certain things are unwholesome, and wrong, and immoral, then give them up. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Kalama Sutra

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The Hidden Storehouse of the Tathagata

Buddha-Nature is strong and vigorous. It is impossible to destroy. Therefore, there is nothing that can destroy it. If there were something that could indeed destroy it, Buddha-Nature would perish. Nothing can ever destroy such Buddha-Nature. Nothing of this nature … Continue reading

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