Monthly Archives: February 2018

To Confront Adversity

Other struggles may be fueled by greed, hatred, fear, or ignorance, but a nonviolent one cannot use such blind sources of energy, for they will destroy those involved and also the struggle itself. Nonviolent action, born of the awareness of … Continue reading

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Which will you choose?

Any situation, whether “good” or “bad”, will be made better or worse by the attitude we bring when facing it. Will a negative attitude ever improve a bad situation? Even a positive situation can be spoiled by a poor attitude. … Continue reading

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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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Inevitable

Why do we do anything? Why do we rest when tired, eat when hungry, or drink water when thirsty? From the simplest to the most complex organism, we seek to avoid pain and suffering and enjoy pleasure and happiness. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Pervading All

During the period of impurity due to the presence of defilements, Buddha Nature resides as the basis for the subsistence of defilements. During the period of partial impurity and purity, Buddha Nature resides as the basis for purification of defilements. During the period … Continue reading

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Overcome

Bodhisattvas overcome five fears through the practice of generosity: the fear of loss of life, the fear of loss of control of the mind, the fear of loss of reputation, the fear of loss of livelihood, and the fear of … Continue reading

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Peace & Clarity

These two mental states are conducive to correct knowledge. Which two? Peace and clarity. By developing peace, what purpose is served? The mind is purified. By purifying the mind, what purpose is served? Craving is abandoned. By developing clarity, what … Continue reading

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