Monthly Archives: February 2015

More Need, Greater Benefit

There is much anxiety and restlessness in most persons today, which are symptoms of agitation. The human mind simply cannot process properly the enormous amounts of sensory input to which it is exposed constantly. Thus, although finding the time and … Continue reading

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Objects of knowledge posited by the mind as existent and nonexistent; valid forms of knowledge dependent on objects true and false ―having seen that the source of falsity in one is entrusted to the other, I am uncomfortable about positing … Continue reading

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Without sleep, the night is long. Without rest, the journey is long. Without knowing the Dharma, existence is long. ―Gendun Choepel

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The Moral Referent

Appeals to practice the Dharma based on the personal benefits of meditation, emotional balance, patience, behavioral restraint, and loving kindness are misleading, because individual welfare ―while certainly desirable― is not the necessary and sufficient moral reference for spiritual cultivation. If … Continue reading

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Always Here, Always Now

There’s no other time than now, so how could we be elsewhere? We’ve always been “here and now” ―there’s nowhere else! Whether we think we are living in the past or in the future, we’ve always been squarely in the … Continue reading

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Just Appearances

All of our decisions about what is and is not are just made in accordance with how it appears to our mind; they have no other basis whatsoever. Therefore, when we ask, “Does it exist or not?” and the other … Continue reading

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Reality and Appearance

Buddha Nature is pure and yet is apparently associated with afflictions. It is not afflicted and yet is apparently purified. Its qualities are totally indivisible, and yet unapparent. Its activity is spontaneous and non-conceptual. Constituting what must be realized, realization, … Continue reading

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Already Present

The prospector looks for gold in rocks and not in wood chips. Likewise, the quest for perfect enlightenment only makes sense because Buddha Nature is already present in every being. Without that nature, all efforts would be futile. ―Jamgon Kongtrul … Continue reading

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Nothing Else

No matter where you stay –be it a busy place or a solitary retreat– the only thing that you need to conquer are mind’s five poisons (attachment, aversion, indifference, pride, and envy) and your own true enemies, the eight worldly … Continue reading

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Heirs of the Buddha

Those whose seed is devotion towards the supreme vehicle, whose mother is analytical wisdom generating the Buddha qualities, whose abode is the blissful womb of meditative stability, and whose nurse is compassion, are heirs born to succeed the Muni.   … Continue reading

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