Monthly Archives: May 2018

Three Lower Paths

Obsessing over food, clothing, and shelter leads to the three lower paths: To compulsively desire and make a display of clothing is karma for the path of animals. To greedily crave food is karma for the path of hungry ghosts. … Continue reading

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Cast Away

By not renouncing our selves, we who might roam free, lie –of our own choice– in lament of this world. Just cast away! Then you will see that there’s a way to let go of life in this world so as … Continue reading

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Notions

Every notion of subject and object [self and selves, phenomena and characteristics] is merely a transformation of consciousness only. –Arya Vasubandhu

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Just One Dish

If we have to wash a big pile of dirty dishes, we may become disheartened and feel overwhelmed. However, no one has ever had to wash a whole pile of dishes all at once. One can only wash one dish … Continue reading

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Relative & Absolute

The defining characteristic of relative truth is that it is an object of consciousness that in its fundamental nature is essentially empty of true being. The defining characteristic of absolute truth is that it is an object of authentic, sublime … Continue reading

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Abandon, Practice, Leave

May all practitioners single-heartedly entrust themselves to the Buddha’s teachings alone and, thinking not of their lives but relying utterly on the recitation of the Name, abandon what the Buddha leads them to abandon, practice what the Buddha leads them … Continue reading

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Spinning

If you spin a top, it will turn, but if you do not go about spinning it, it will stop. Our turning in the wheel of birth and death is precisely so. With our physical, verbal, and mental actions, there … Continue reading

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Tantra Is Not What You Think

The actual word tantra is employed in the following way: in the three states (ordinary being, Bodhisattva, Buddha), individuals experience the various phenomena of cyclic existence, the path, and the result. These are distinct instances of the cause, path, and … Continue reading

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Stainless Awareness

Liberation is not a place, another realm, or a destination. It is an uprooting of the emotional afflictions in my mind, so that they never arise in the future and are purified within the expanse of Suchness. “Once the seeds … Continue reading

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Exceedingly Important

Because even common, ordinary persons who are burdened with the afflictions may be born in Dewachen, it is exceptional. And having been born there, all your wishes will be realized just a soon as you conceive them, and you will … Continue reading

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