Monthly Archives: October 2016

Fire!

All is aflame. What is aflame? The eye is aflame. Forms are aflame. Consciousness at the eye is aflame. Contact at the eye is aflame. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on contact at the eye –experienced as … Continue reading

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Strategies

Extinguish the scorching flames of anger with the water of loving-kindness. Cross the river of desire on the bridge of powerful remedies. Light the torch of discriminating knowledge in the darkness of stupidity. Crumble the mountain of pride to the … Continue reading

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Four Restraints

Do not retaliate with anger when attacked with rage. Do not retaliate with abuse when reviled. Do not retaliate with criticism when blamed. Do not retaliate with blows when threatened with physical violence. —Buddha Shakyamuni

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Against Fear

Giving protection from fear means actually doing whatever you can to help others in difficulty: providing refuge for those lacking a place of safety, defending those without any protector, and being with those who are alone. —Patrul Rinpoche

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Drop By Drop

Do not ignore the effect of small kindnesses, saying, “This will come to nothing.” Just as drop by drop the water jar is filled, so in time the wise become replete with wholesomeness. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Dharmapada 122

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Owning My Actions

“I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and have my actions as my judge. Whatever I do, wholesome or unwholesome, to that will I fall heir.” One should … Continue reading

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True or False

If a statement is ‘true’ but leads to harm, it is, in fact, false. What is the real meaning of true and untrue? That which is helpful to others is true. —Kambala, Alokamala v 37 A statement endowed with five … Continue reading

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