Monthly Archives: June 2017

All Safe

May you be happy and peaceful. May you be healthy and strong. May you feel safe and protected. May you live with ease and joy.   May they be happy and peaceful. May they be healthy and strong. May they … Continue reading

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Knowledge

What is manifest is known through valid perception. What is hidden is known through valid inference. What is extremely hidden is known through valid testimony. In the presence of fire, seeing the flames and feeling the heat constitutes valid perception. … Continue reading

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Meditate!

The perfect teaching of the Buddha is not accomplished through mere study. Dharma without meditation is like dying of thirst while being helplessly carried away by a great river. Dharma without meditation is like supplying many beings with food and … Continue reading

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Going Away

It is often thought that the Buddha’s doctrine teaches us that suffering will disappear if one has meditated long enough, or if one sees everything differently. It is not that at all. Suffering isn’t going to go away; the one … Continue reading

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Powers

When a practitioner thoroughly trains and fully develops Faith, which leads to stilling, which leads to enlightenment; Effort, which leads to peace, which leads to awakening; Mindfulness, which leads to harmony, which leads to safety; Concentration, which leads to rest, … Continue reading

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To Punish The Guilty

I want —I need— to assign blame. I reduce actions to labels. I opt for simple answers. I take sides. I demonize the other. I want to punish the guilty, I want justice.  I am right; they are wrong. Why … Continue reading

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Practice!

There is a time for searching and a time for finding; a time for learning new things, and a time for practicing what we already know. It may not be exciting, but it is beneficial. Once we have the teaching, … Continue reading

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True Freedom

“I didn’t want to think it.” “I didn’t mean to say it.” “I didn’t intend to do it.” How many times have we said these or similar words to ourselves or others? When we entertain unwelcome thoughts, utter words that … Continue reading

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The Winds of Impermanence

Will I die first, or will my neighbor? Will it be today or tomorrow? We do not know. Those we leave behind and those who go before us are more numerous than the dewdrops that rest briefly beneath the trees … Continue reading

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From Virtue

From virtue, non-remorse arises. From non-remorse, gladness naturally arises, leading naturally to joy, leading naturally to serenity, leading naturally to happiness, leading naturally to a concentrated mind, leading naturally to seeing things as they really are, leading naturally to revulsion … Continue reading

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