Real Monastics

10703509_589600204495275_8867174697818231324_nNeither going about naked, nor with matted locks,

nor filthy, nor fasting, nor lying on the ground,

nor smearing oneself with ashes and dust,

nor sitting on the heels in penance,

can purify one who has not overcome doubt.

Even though one be well attired, yet if one is poised,

calm, controlled and established in the holy life,

having set aside violence towards all beings,

one truly is holy, a renunciate, a monastic.

―Buddha Shakyamuni

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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3 Responses to Real Monastics

  1. Kevin DeCantillon says:

    Tashi, thank you for this morning’s post and message on True Monastics. I needed to see those words again. Being in the midst of a thorough realigning of my practice, today’s words – and each day’s words – are like companions on the Way. My deepest gratitude.

    Be well. Be with peace.


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