Monthly Archives: August 2014

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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Buddha Nature

Like a Buddha statue within a lotus, honey in a beehive, a kernel within a husk, gold within filth, a treasure in the ground, the fruit of a bamboo shoot, a Buddha image within tattered rags, a king in the … Continue reading

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“I am not a nihilist.”

Some say: “The recluse Gautama is a nihilist. He teaches the annihilation, the destruction, the extermination of existing beings.”  I am not a nihilist; I do not proclaim annihilation. I have been falsely misrepresented thus. Both formerly and now, what … Continue reading

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Bodhisatva Vows

I shall rescue all sentient beings from the cycle of suffering. I shall extinguish all wrong views. I shall open wide all Dharma Gates. I shall traverse the Great Middle Way for the benefit of all.

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The Dalai Lama’s Prayer for the Jonang

Having perfectly meditated, upon generating the enlightened mind for incalculable eons, the incomparable sovereign of the Shakyas wisely brought down the rain of sublime teachings in order to fulfill the wishes of illimitable beings. To you who protects beings through glorious … Continue reading

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