Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Scorpion’s Sting

To rejoice in the sorrow and passing of my enemies is the sting of a scorpion, its venom in my veins. Bless me to never revel in the pain of another!

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Three Trainings

Without having mastered morality, it is impossible to enter into meditation. Without having mastered meditation, it is not possible to enter into wisdom. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Anguttara Agama

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Separation of Church and State

The union of political power and religious authority is always pernicious. For those who are familiar with Christian scripture, this is precisely the meaning of “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are … Continue reading

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Suchness

“In its very origin, Suchness is endowed with sublime attributes. Suchness manifests the highest wisdom which shines throughout the world. Suchness has true knowledge and a mind resting simply in its own being. Suchness is eternal, blissful, self-being, and the … Continue reading

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Nying Je Ling: Abode of the Sovereign Heart

Nying means “heart” or “disposition;” and Je is an adjective meaning “chief,” “lord,” “sovereign,” or “foremost.” Ling means “abode”, “center”, or “place”. Although commonly translated simply as compassion, Nying Je connotes love, affection, kindness, gentleness, generosity of spirit, and warmth. Most … Continue reading

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Giving

Giving food, one gives and later receives strength. Giving clothes, one gives and later receives beauty. Giving medicine, one gives and later receives health. Giving shelter, one gives and later receives protection. Giving transport, one gives and later receives swift … Continue reading

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Doors

Meditation is the door to enlightenment. Wisdom is the door of emptiness. Encouragement is the door of success. Diligence is the door of achievement. Devotion is the door of realization. The Vajrayana is the door to enlightenment in this very … Continue reading

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Happy Saga Dawa Düchen!

Saga Dawa Düchen, the ‘Festival of Vaishakha’, is one of four major Buddhist holidays. It occurs on the full moon of the fourth Tibetan lunar month, which is called Saga Dawa. It celebrates Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth in Lumbini, His enlightenment … Continue reading

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All My Mothers

Whether my life is happy or unhappy, may all my thoughts, words, and deeds always become only the cause to quickly lead to enlightenment all suffering sentient beings throughout infinite space, my Mothers.

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In Praise of Mother Tara

Dark green and exceedingly wrathful, with one face, three eyes, and eight hands You are ever ready to protect the Great Middle Way. Adorned with a tiara of five skulls, with gold earrings, and bracelets and anklets of bone You … Continue reading

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