Monthly Archives: February 2016

Purification

The ground of purification is the universal ground wisdom, which is like the sky. The incidental stains are the object of purification, which are like the clouds. The agent of purification is the truth of the path, which is like … Continue reading

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Great Demerit

Jivaka, whoever destroys living beings on account of the Tathagatha (Buddha) or the disciples of the Tathagatha, accumulates great demerit in five instances: If he said, ‘Go bring such or such living being’. In this first instance, he accumulates much demerit. … Continue reading

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Dharma and Death

Contemplating death can motivate us to practice the Dharma with greater dedication and enthusiasm, and frequently we hear, read, or remember such teachings. However, this is but a partial and limited view of the benefits of remembering our own mortality. … Continue reading

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Cause & Effect

Our view of the continuum of cause and effect in our and others’ lives is narrow and shallow—and perhaps necessarily so, given our limited momentary perspective. While we do know that there is no effect without a cause, we cannot … Continue reading

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One More Time

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 co-workers, … Continue reading

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Arising

Through ignorance, intentional actions arise. Through intentional actions, consciousness arises. Through consciousness, mental and physical phenomena arise. Through mental and physical phenomena, the five senses and the mind arise. Through the five senses and the mind, contact arises. Through contact, … Continue reading

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Danger!

These are karmic consequences in accord with the cause: Killing leads to short duration of life. Theft leads to lacking possessions and enjoyments. Sexual misconduct leads to much enmity. Lying leads to being maligned by others. Slander causes friends to … Continue reading

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