Monthly Archives: August 2014

Supreme Bliss

Blissful is solitude for one who is content, learned, and established in the Dharma. Blissful is kindness towards all beings, without exception. Blissful is full freedom from sensual urges. And yet, the supreme bliss is the elimination of this abysmal … Continue reading

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namo guru shakyamuniye Those who, while walking, sitting, standing, or sleeping, recollect the moon-like Buddha, will always be in the Buddha’s presence, and will attain the vast nirvana. —Mipham Rinpoche

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Goals & Plans

Everyday life demands a certain level of planning and goal-setting. After all, we need to secure shelter, food, and other necessities; provide for our dependents; and be able to practice generosity. As Buddhists, however, it is important to make sure … Continue reading

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On the Validity of Different Buddhist Canons

Some sutras are not recognized by sectarian Buddhists as authoritative because they are not included in their own scriptural collections. But are only their own sutras authoritative? Or should what the Buddha taught be the authority? If they only accept … Continue reading

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Dream Yoga

The Buddha Shakyamuni instructed us to regard all phenomena as illusory appearances. He used many examples, like dreams, echoes, and mirages to illustrate the illusory nature of the phenomenal world. Dreams are particularly apt examples, because unlike mirages and echoes, … Continue reading

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Not the Same and Not Different

We speak of a table as having a flat surface, legs, color, function, etc. —and yet, “table” is but the label we assign to the collection of the attributes of the table. In the same way, we say that a … Continue reading

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[Whataboutery = responding to criticism by accusing one’s opponents of similar or worse faults.] Like children in the playground, adults of every age, as well as communities and nations, justify our verbal and physical violence invoking the harm that others … Continue reading

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Heart Sutra

Form is emptiness; emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form also is not other than emptiness. Sensation, perception, volition, and consciousness are empty. All phenomena are merely empty, having no characteristics. They are not produced and do … Continue reading

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Loving Attention

Even if a person I have cared for as my own child treats me as his worst enemy, I shall lavish him with loving attention, like a mother caring for her ill child. This is the practice of a Bodhisatva. … Continue reading

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Although one may come across examples of authentic Buddhist masters who dress or speak unconventionally, there is no license in Buddhism for unethical behavior. Oriental or occidental ‘masters’ who claim their selfish and abusive behavior is a display of ‘skillful … Continue reading

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