Monthly Archives: January 2015

No Such, No Such

The noble Bodhisattvas eliminate the suffering of dying, falling ill, and aging at its root, which is due to karma and the afflicted emotions. There being no such cause, there is no such consequence. ―Maitreya, Uttaratantra Shastra

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Four Marks

The dharmakaya is true purity, since its nature is pure and even the remaining imprints are fully removed. It is true self, since all conceptual elaboration in terms of self and non-self is totally stilled. It is true happiness, since … Continue reading

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The Key

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. … I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. … To solve all human conflict, we must evolve a method … Continue reading

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The practice of putting others in the center is not simply a crusade to do “good.” It is a practice based on the understanding that our own happiness is inextricably linked with the happiness of others. ―Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

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Heart Expansion

The Buddhist understanding of compassion is, in some ways, a bit different from the ordinary sense of the word. For Buddhists, compassion doesn’t simply mean feeling sorry for others. The Tibetan term –nying-je– implies an utterly direct expansion of the … Continue reading

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For Healing

Reverence to the Lord Master of Healing, King of Peaceful Radiance, the Conqueror, the Perfectly Enlightened! You are the Healing Substance, the Act of Healing, and the Master of Healing. To your supreme way I perfectly surrender! It is thus! … Continue reading

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Are You Free?

We usually have a very negative concept of freedom. We think that freedom consists in having no one tell us what we can and cannot do. However, freedom means nothing without the capacity to satisfy our needs and attain happiness. … Continue reading

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Our Inner Violence

If we divide into two camps ―even into violent and the nonviolent― and stand in one camp while attacking the other, the world will never have peace. We will always blame and condemn those we feel are responsible for wars … Continue reading

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Why We Offer Our Food

Offering our food is an effective technique for the gradual transformation of the physical body into an instrument of our higher aspirations. As we replace the old body with the offered substances, we develop a physical form informed by our … Continue reading

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“No more Mr. Nice Guy.”

We do something virtuous, and we expect the result right away. We become impatient. When it does not happen immediately, we become frustrated and decide that virtue is not so desirable after all. We become tired of being good, and … Continue reading

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