Monthly Archives: September 2014

Difficulties

Difficult situations cannot and do not improve by focusing on them —on the contrary, once the mind has generated an unpleasant feeling, it will continue to find those aspects that confirm the feeling and exclude all that do not. The … Continue reading

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RENUNCIATION

In the Noble Eightfold Path, renunciation (nishkama) is the first of three components associated with Right Thought (the other two are good will and harmlessness). Renunciation is best understood as the perfection of detachment: seeing the futility of craving, and … Continue reading

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Detachment

Detachment (vairagya) is the absence of craving for, and clinging to, (1) sense pleasures, (2) personal opinions, (3) cultural or familial rules and customs, and (4) notions of ‘me’ and ‘mine’. It flows from the awareness that possessions, relationships, and … Continue reading

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Three Poisons

When we come in contact with persons, objects, and situations that we find pleasant, attachment arises: the desire to possess or to continue enjoying them without interruption. When we come in contact with persons, objects, and situations that we find unpleasant, aversion arises: the desire to separate … Continue reading

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Unwelcome Truths

In order to preserve a counterfeit harmony, some persons hold that the Buddha instructed us to be silent in the face of blatant misrepresentations of the Dharma, such as the deceptive reasoning of those who pretend that the cruel enslavement, … Continue reading

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Lineage

Lineage is very important in Buddhism in general, and is of particular importance in the Vajrayana, the swift vehicle. Lineage is not only the historical record of the disciplic succession of masters who have held and transmitted a particular teaching, … Continue reading

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REVERENCE TO THE LAMA

On the anniversary of the parinirvana of Kyabje Tashi Norbu Rinpoche, who returned to the Pure Land on this date, at two in the afternoon. namo gurave  Reverence to the Glorious Teacher, Quintessence of the Three Bodies, Crown Jewel of … Continue reading

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