Monthly Archives: April 2014

The First Gift

The disciples of the Noble Ones, abandoning the taking of life, abstain from taking life. In doing so, they give freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from … Continue reading

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PRAYER FOR PROTECTION

Merciful Mother, Samaya Tara Yogini, dispeller of fear, grant me your protection! Sustain my practice with your Mighty Forms, that the pure stream of your force may flow within me in this world and the worlds to come. Protect and sustain the pure … Continue reading

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DEFINITIVE ASPIRATION

I dedicate the merits of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, of Solitary Realizers and Disciples, of all holy and ordinary beings, as I dedicate my own —past, present and future, previously dedicated and yet to dedicate— that I may arise spontaneously … Continue reading

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True Offspring of the Buddhas

All beings, with resolve, should receive the Buddha’s Precepts. Sentient beings, on receiving them, join forthwith the ranks of Buddhas —they are in essence equal to the Buddhas; they are the true offspring of the Buddhas. —Bramhajala Sutra

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The Light of a Lamp

When light manifests, darkness will definitely cease. The two cannot be simultaneous. No matter how long the darkness has remained, it can still be dispelled with the light of a lamp. —Ju Mipham, Commentary on the Protector Maitreya’s Madhyantavibhaga

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Enemy Armies

Sensuality and pleasure constitute the first army; the second is aversion. The third army is hunger and thirst; the fourth, desire. The fifth army is laziness and indolence; the sixth, fearfulness. The seventh army is doubt; and the eighth, hypocrisy and stupidity. Ill-gained fame, … Continue reading

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Young Monks

If a young monk exerts himself strenuously in the Dharma, he will certainly illuminate the world as brilliantly as a moon emerging from behind a dark cloud that hid it for a while. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Dhammapada 382 These are the … Continue reading

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Buddha Nature

Buddha Nature (tathāgatagarbha) is not born, does not die, does not transform, does not arise. It is beyond the sphere of the characteristics of the compounded; it is permanent, stable and changeless. —Śrīmālā Sūtra

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Vain Repetition

  We have spoken many untrue, unhelpful words throughout our lives. With Dharma sutras, prayers, and mantras, we have the opportunity to speak that which is true, timely, and beneficial to ourselves and others. Repetition is only vain if we … Continue reading

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Remember the Clear Light

Remember the clear light, the pure clear white light from which everything in the universe comes, to which everything in the universe returns —the original nature of your own mind, the natural state of the unmanifest universe. Let go into … Continue reading

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