Monthly Archives: November 2015

Why?

Why do what you will regret? Why bring tears upon yourself? Do only what you do not regret, and fill yourself with joy. —Buddha Shakyamuni

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Then and Now

Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these … Continue reading

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Open Secret

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to our near ones, to bring peace to all, we must first discipline and control our own minds. If we can control the mind, we can find the way to Enlightenment, and … Continue reading

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Sharing the Dharma

The Dharma should be taught with the thought, ‘I will speak step-by-step.’ The Dharma should be taught with the thought, ‘I will speak explaining the sequence of cause and effect.’ The Dharma should be taught with the thought, ‘I will … Continue reading

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Neither Scapegoats Nor Sacrificial Lambs

Karma purification takes two main forms: applying the 4 Rs (Regret, Reliance, Resolve, and Reparation) to those previous acts that have not yet ripened, and enduring with patience the consequences of previous acts that are already ripening. We have paid much attention to the … Continue reading

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Warning

It is ignorance that smothers, and it is carelessness that makes it invisible. The hunger of craving pollutes the world, and the pain of suffering causes the greatest fear. —Buddha Shakyamuni

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“Who accumulates karma? Who is reborn?“

When we watch a movie or read a story and identify with a character, we experience the plot through her eyes. We know her: we understand her thoughts, her aspirations; we share her failures and successes; we feel her sorrows … Continue reading

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