Monthly Archives: June 2017

Morality

Morality contrary to the Dharma manifests as a sense of superiority over those who do not observe it, competition with those who guard it more purely, and the desire to obtain advantage and gain as a consequence of our ‘admirable’ … Continue reading

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Doctrines

Just as grammarians begin with reading the alphabet, the Buddha teaches doctrines that students can bear. To some, he teaches doctrines for the reversal of sin; to some, those to win merit; to some, doctrines based on duality. To some, … Continue reading

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Without Fear

Revering and trusting in the Buddha, we will wear the armor of patient endurance. We will cherish neither our bodies nor our lives, but care only for the unexcelled Way. Repeatedly we will be driven out and exiled from our monasteries and stupas. … Continue reading

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Delights

The covetous delight in things. The ambitious are pleased by flattery. The ignorant rejoice at meeting another fool. The virtuous exult at hearing the truth. —Sakya Pandita

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“Here He Goes Again…”

Some people ask why it is that I advocate so frequently and insistently on universal radical compassion, especially toward non-human animals. They are of the opinion that a Buddhist monk should concentrate his efforts on sharing a “broader and higher” … Continue reading

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Away From Home

The usual has a way of becoming reified as well as invisible. Like fish in water, when we are home we do not see our surroundings for what they are, and we come to believe that this is what reality … Continue reading

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No Guilt

Whenever we become aware of having performed an unskillful act, regret is beneficial and necessary. It is the first of the ‘four powers’ of purification (regret, reliance, resolve, reparation). Regret is defined as the realization that negative acts produce negative … Continue reading

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