Monthly Archives: July 2014

Take No Sides

The great Buddhist teacher, Kunchen Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, famously said “We take no sides —especially not our own side”. Not taking sides means not allowing attachment and aversion to dictate our views and conduct. It does not mean that we are passively … Continue reading

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Heart Advice

Relinquishing ‘me’ is ceasing to want to be this and that. Relinquishing ‘mine’ is ceasing to want to have this and that. In samsara, nothing is worth being; nothing is worth having.   When meeting with sensory objects, stop at … Continue reading

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The Most Skillful Means

The fullness of the path simply consists of renouncing attachment to ‘me’ and ‘mine’. Even though ultimately there is no ‘other’, the most skillful means to counteract the innate wrong view of our separation from other sentient beings and the primacy … Continue reading

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Any Good Path

“Any path that makes you a better sentient being, more compassionate, more loving, can only benefit yourself and others. I am not interested in making you a Buddhist; I want to help you manifest your Buddha Nature.” —Kyabje Tashi Norbu … Continue reading

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Evil Spirits

“Evils spirits” are nothing but the negative tendencies that we have accumulated in our minds. They are called “Maras” (enemies), in Buddhism. In the Jonang lineage, this teaching is made explicit in the following contemplation: Mara, I see you in … Continue reading

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Four Real Friends

The friend who is a helper, the friend in sorrow and in joy, the friend who gives good counsel, the compassionate friend —these four real friends the wise should know at their true worth, and cherish them with care, just … Continue reading

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Ignorance

What is ignorance? What is the cause of ignorance? What is the cessation of ignorance? What is the way to the cessation of ignorance? Not knowing suffering, not knowing the cause of suffering, not knowing the cessation of suffering, not … Continue reading

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Refuge

If all the merit of taking Refuge were to take a physical form, the whole of space, entirely filled, would not be enough to contain it. —Patrul Rinpoche, Words of My Perfect Teacher.

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Effects

Protecting life leads to longevity, generosity leads to sufficient wealth, propriety leads to freedom from enemies, truthfulness leads to praise, reconciling others leads to having many friends, speaking gently leads to hearing pleasant words, speaking meaningfully leads to noble speech, … Continue reading

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No More War!

Verily, due to sensuous craving, kings fight with kings, princes with princes, priests with priests, citizens with citizens, the mother quarrels with the son, the son quarrels with the father, brother with brother, brother with sister, sister with brother, friend … Continue reading

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