Monthly Archives: November 2017

Various Views

The various Buddhist views of reality are not competing with or refuting each other. They are indispensable at various times and for different persons. They are necessary while helpful. There is an orderly progression, from Vaibhasika realism, through Sautrantika subtle realism, … Continue reading

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Free

The ground of purification is the universal ground wisdom, which is like the sky. The object of purification is the incidental stains, which is like the clouds. The agent of purification is the truth of the path, which is like the inexorable wind. The result of … Continue reading

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Praise the Grateful

Those who know gratitude, even while in the cycle of birth and death, will keep intact their roots of virtue.   Those who do not know gratitude ruin their roots of virtue and accumulate unwholesome karma.   Therefore, the Tathagatas … Continue reading

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Alone for the Holidays?

Being alone can be wonderful, but not if we feel lonely. Especially during the holidays, we can feel isolated and unloved, ignored and unimportant. It can feel as if the flow of social intercourse has passed us by —or worse, … Continue reading

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Whence?

From attachment springs grief, From attachment springs fear. For one who is wholly free from attachment There is no grief, whence then fear? From lust springs grief, from lust springs fear. For one who is wholly free from lust There … Continue reading

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Difficult and Easy

There are innumerable modes of entry into the Buddha’s teaching. Just as there are in the world difficult and easy paths —travelling on foot by land is full of hardship, and traveling in a boat by sea is pleasant—so it … Continue reading

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Real Mindfulness

Mindfulness is often misrepresented as the practice of “being here now”, but what did the Buddha teach? One is mindful to abandon wrong view and to enter and remain in Right View. One is mindful to abandon wrong intention and to … Continue reading

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