Monthly Archives: August 2016

1st Precept

In the Dhammika Sutta, the Buddha says that ‘not to kill’ means three things: You do not do it yourself; you do not get others to do it; and you do not encourage, condone, applaud, aid, and abet when others … Continue reading

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Wise or Sectarian

The Dharma shows us the way to remove the causes of pain and to attain the experience of supreme well-being. Yet there is the danger of taking hold of Dharma incorrectly. If this danger is not avoided and one’s approach … Continue reading

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Go Forth!

Go forth, for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the benefit, for the welfare, for the gladness of holy and ordinary beings. Let each of us go a … Continue reading

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Surprise

Don’t be surprised at those who never practice universal compassion, or at those who do so for a time, and fall away. In this age of the five corruptions, be surprised at those who remain firmly rooted in compassion. —Kyabje Tashi Norbu … Continue reading

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When Our Loved Ones Die

The true reason that we grieve for them is not that they have died, but rather that we miss their presence in our lives, and what they shared with us. If we truly grieved death, we would grieve for all … Continue reading

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The Home of Our Attachments

During the summer, many of us will travel back home to visit family and friends. ‘Back home’ is not a particular location —it is the place where our attachments reside. Unless we are truly detached, old habits assert themselves, and … Continue reading

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51 Vows

Refuge Vows I shall repeatedly take Refuge, recollecting the qualities of the Three Jewels. I shall make daily offerings to the Three Jewels of all I eat, drink, or otherwise accept. I shall not forsake the Three Jewels, even at … Continue reading

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