Monthly Archives: February 2016

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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Abysmal Conceit

Blissful is solitude for one who is content, learned, and established in the Dharma. Blissful is kindness towards all beings, without exception. Blissful is full freedom from sensual urges. And yet, the supreme bliss is the elimination of this abysmal … Continue reading

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True Mindfulness

I dwell constantly contemplating upon the body only as a collection of parts, not as I, me, mine, or self. I dwell constantly contemplating upon feelings only as passing reactions, not as I, me, mine, or self. I dwell constantly contemplating upon the mind only … Continue reading

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Loving Kindness

Buddhism offers definite and positive instructions with regard to the manner in which humans should develop loving kindness towards all sentient beings that exist in the universe, whether in close proximity or at a distance, seen or unseen, large or … Continue reading

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Easy

The path is easy and simple. What is difficult and complicated is to continue suffering. Buddha Nature is not a seed, a potential, or a possibility, but rather a complete reality. There is nothing to build; nothing to elaborate. In … Continue reading

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Fiction

Samsara is delusional thinking. Delusory attachments and blind passions have no reality. To seek, in spite of this, to free yourself from birth-and-death through discriminative reflections on good and evil, taking this mind of delusory attachments and invertedness as your basis, is utterly … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

LOSAR TASHI DELEK We stand with our Tibetan brothers and sisters, and all oppressed beings throughout the world, wishing them peace and freedom. May all be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May all embrace happiness and the … Continue reading

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