Monthly Archives: October 2015

Delight

Just as no pleasures can bring delight to someone who is blaze with fire, the great compassionate ones cannot be pleased when harm is done to sentient beings. –Arya Shantideva

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Four Boundless Qualities

Loving Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity are called “immeasurable” for four reasons: their benefits are boundless; the number of beings to whom they are directed is boundless; the aspiration we have when cultivating them is boundless; and their fruit, … Continue reading

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The Fruition

If you go beyond all grasping at an object and at a subject, that is the monarch of all views. If there is no distraction, it is the monarch of all meditations. If there is no effort, it is the … Continue reading

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Life Is Practice

Be compassionate to yourself, even as you look at your mistakes and mishaps. Then, if others are less than perfect too, use your developing compassion to kill your anger and frustration. Practice this every minute. Life is practice. As the … Continue reading

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Migrating Birds

We should live with few possessions and dwell with our backs turned to the things that cause grasping. We should be as wanderers in foreign lands, taking food as it is found, like birds in migration. ―Atisha

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Doubt

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts, it is a sword that kills. Neither … Continue reading

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The Harvest

Having cultivated firm devotion in the field of pure discipline, sow the seed of concentration and see the harvest of wisdom ripen. ―Sechen Gyaltsap Pema Gyurme Namgyal

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Pure Mind

Once free from wrong views and afflicted emotions, the essence of pure mind is emptiness, the nature of pure mind is clarity, and the manifestation of pure mind is compassion. ―Kyabje Tashi Norbu Rinpoche

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Beyond Extremes

The Middle Way is not a mere compromise between the extremes of nihilism and eternalism, nor between mortification and hedonism. The Middle Way avoids and surpasses all extremes. We are at a crossroads: behind us is the path that brings … Continue reading

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Aspiration Prayer of the Ultimate Definitive Meaning

om svasti In all my lifetimes, may the three trainings, the three sets of precepts, and all my Dharma commitments be completely pure, without blemish! May my bodily postures, yogic gaze, and all the extremely fine vital energies and mind … Continue reading

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