Monthly Archives: September 2017

Conceit

If one regards oneself to be superior, alike, or inferior by reason of the body that is impermanent, painful and subject to change, this is not seeing reality as it is. If one regards oneself to be superior, alike, or inferior by reason of … Continue reading

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Evanescent

Like a tiny drop of dew, or a bubble floating in a stream; like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud, or a flickering lamp, an illusion, a phantom, or a dream. So is all conditioned existence to be … Continue reading

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Social Interaction

When we make spiritual progress, it is natural to abstain from much of what passes for “social interaction” with friends and family —not because we consider ourselves superior to them, but because we recognize that such activities are often unbeneficial … Continue reading

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Real and Unreal

Those who think the unreal is and the real is not, shall never know the truth, lost in the path of wrong views. —Buddha Shakyamuni

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Boundless

Loving Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity are called “immeasurable” for four reasons: their benefits are boundless; the number of beings to whom they are directed is boundless; the aspiration we have when cultivating them is boundless; and their fruit, … Continue reading

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Realistic

Buddhism is neither pessimistic nor optimistic. If anything at all, it is realistic, for it takes a realistic view of life and the world. It looks at things objectively. It does not falsely lull you into living in a fool’s … Continue reading

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Here

One person is all beings; all beings are one person. One practice is all practices; all practices are one practice. There is no subject and no object. It is here that may be found all virtue and all merit. —Ryonin … Continue reading

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