Monthly Archives: April 2018

Feeble

Even as lightning illuminates the darkness of a cloudy night just for an instant, in the same way, by the power of the Buddha, occasionally people’s minds are momentarily inclined toward merit.  Thus, virtue is perpetually ever so feeble. On … Continue reading

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Perversions

To think of suffering as happiness is perverse; to think of happiness as suffering is perverse. To think of the impermanent as eternal is perverse; to think of the eternal as impermanent is perverse. To think of non-being as being is … Continue reading

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Disillusioned with the Sangha?

Because we take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, when we are new to Buddhadharma, we generally have the attitude that all three must be perfect. We, therefore, expect that any member of the Sangha must be perfect, and … Continue reading

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The Fish & the Turtle

Once upon a time, there was a fish. And just because he was a fish, he had lived all his life in the water and knew nothing whatsoever about anything else but water. And one day as he swam about … Continue reading

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Transient

If a little water is kept in an earthenware vessel, it will evaporate quickly. If it is poured into the Ganges, it will unite harmoniously in one taste with the river and never dry up. In this same way, once … Continue reading

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It Is Pure, It Is New

The completely awakened state is self-purifying and self-expanding. No world can hold it. No lifetime can complete it. No teaching can encompass it. No memory can fulfill it. Because it is pure, it is new, it must always be re-discovered. Because it expands, it arises … Continue reading

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Good Friendship

In whatsoever village or town householders dwell, they associate, converse, and engage in discussions with householders or householders’ offspring, whether young and highly cultured, or old and highly cultured, full of faith, full of virtue, full of generosity, full of wisdom. They act in accordance … Continue reading

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