Monthly Archives: March 2018

In Retrospect

Eventually, we will find —mostly in retrospect, of course— that we can be very grateful to those people who have made life most difficult for us. Ayya Khema

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Flower & Fruit

The fair tree of non-dual wisdom spreads through the three worlds. It bears the flower and fruit of compassion, and its name is service to others. —Buddha Shakyamuni

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Theft

All of us have taken, directly or indirectly, in this and other lifetimes, what has not been freely given to us by fellow humans or other animals. We have also benefitted, individually and collectively, from the plunder and pillage committed … Continue reading

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Deluded

Palaces built of earth and stone and wood; the wealthy endowed with food and dress and finery; legions of retainers who throng around the mighty— they are like castles in the air, like rainbows in the sky, and how deluded … Continue reading

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This & That

When there is this, that arises, just as when there is long, there is short. When this is produced, that arises, just as when a lamp is lit, light appears. When there is long, there is short; they do not exist inherently. Just … Continue reading

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Levels

Eliminating faults and acquiring good qualities is the teaching for one seeking higher rebirth. Eliminating all grasping by means of wisdom is the teaching for one seeking enlightenment. —Nagarjuna, Precious Garland

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Karma views

A nihilistic view is the notion that karma has no effects. It is unwholesome and leads to lower rebirth. It is a wrong view. A realistic view is the certainty that karma has an effect. It is wholesome and leads to … Continue reading

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4 Foundations

Mindfulness of the body overcomes accepting what is impure as pure. Mindfulness of feelings frees us from thinking what is unpleasant is pleasant. Mindfulness of the mind conquers grasping what is impermanent as permanent. Mindfulness of phenomena counteracts believing what … Continue reading

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Commitment

Out of compassion, always care for the ill, the homeless, those afflicted by suffering, the downtrodden and unfortunate. Respectfully apply yourself to aiding them. —Nagarjuna, Precious Garland

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Four Austerities

When insulted, do not retaliate; when struck, do not strike back; when addressed angrily, do not respond with anger; when your faults are exposed, do not reveal another’s faults.

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