Monthly Archives: January 2016

Why We Call It “Practice”

Spiritual practice is preparation for everyday life, for benefitting beings in every interaction.​ ​Practice is not something we do for ourselves and our individual happiness. We cannot stop suffering in isolation from other sentient beings, human and non-human. ​Yes, we need to … Continue reading

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Countdown

What you would do… if you only had 10 more years to live? 1 more year to live? 1 more month to live? 1 more day to live? 1 more hour to live? 1 more minute to live? Would your … Continue reading

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Teachers and Friends

Arya Shantideva said that it is pointless to revere the Buddhas if we do not also revere all sentient beings, for it is in their association that we obtain the opportunity to learn and practice the Dharma. Today, I would … Continue reading

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You Are Not “I”

From your individual perspective, the pronoun “I” belongs to you. The person in front of you is “other”. Have you ever considered that you are the only person in the world who agrees with your appropriation of the pronoun “I”? … Continue reading

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On the Ocean of Dharma

There are many boats on the shore. Some are large and some are small; some are strong, some are feeble; some are beautiful, some are not; some are full, some almost empty; some are rich, some are poor.   Some are … Continue reading

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Refugees

Wars, “religious” fundamentalism, economic collapse, criminality, and climatic catastrophes have generated an explosion of human migrations in search of safety and wellbeing. Although countless compassionate persons have welcomed them with open arms, the arrival of refugees has also unleashed xenophobic … Continue reading

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Suffering

Introspection is one of the most difficult and beneficial endeavors. Even if it is painful to observe our and others’ suffering just as it is, without such clarity all progress is artificial and subject to backsliding. Just as without contemplating … Continue reading

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