Monthly Archives: January 2016

To Continue Suffering Is More Difficult

The path is easy and simple: avoid harm, do good, and purify the mind. What is difficult and complicated is to continue suffering. Going against our very nature, fixated on the lies of separation and supremacy, acting out of attachment, … Continue reading

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To Benefit Others

Bodhisattvas work for the benefit of others in eleven ways: befriending the friendless; counseling the confused; helping the helpless; protecting the fearful; comforting the grieving; sharing with the destitute; mentoring those who seek spiritual guidance; accompanying those traversing the path; … Continue reading

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Whataboutery

[Whataboutery = responding to criticism by accusing one’s opponents of similar or worse faults.] Like children in the playground, adults of every age, as well as communities and nations, justify our verbal and physical violence invoking the harm that others may … Continue reading

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Pulp Dharma and Buffet Buddhism

Buddhism today faces two great challenges in the world, and especially in the West: on one hand, there is a misrepresentation of the teachings by those who pretend to know the Dharma better than the Buddha Shakyamuni, and on the … Continue reading

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Déjà vu, All Over

Some persons routinely fall in love with the same type of man or woman, even though their previous relationships have not been successful. Others repeatedly become involved in situations at work that lead to discomfort with the job, conflict with … Continue reading

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Thank You!

On behalf of the New Jonang Buddhist Community, i would like to thank you for your kind generosity during the year 2015. We have put your contributions to good use. During this past year, our Sanghas in Texas, with the … Continue reading

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Swift Return!

To obtain real peace and happiness in this world one has simply to follow the path of ahimsa –nonviolence– which naturally is common to all the religions of the world. If we do not like to experience any pain or … Continue reading

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Heart Advice

Relinquishing ‘me’ is ceasing to want to be this and that. Relinquishing ‘mine’ is ceasing to want to have this and that. In samsara, nothing is worth being; nothing is worth having.   When meeting with sensory objects, stop at … Continue reading

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Freedom

When we allow other persons to determine our course of action, we are not free. If we let the behavior of others dictate our conduct, we become willing victims of their moods and actions. Freedom is the commitment to consistently … Continue reading

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