Monthly Archives: June 2018

Discernment

It is unwise to follow a course of action that is easy and pleasant to do, but that, when done, leads to what is unwholesome, for a fool does not reflect thus, and does it, and the doing of that … Continue reading

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Bodhicitta

The bodhicitta (the mind of enlightenment) that arises in Bodhisattvas is the mind of great compassion, for the liberation of all beings; the mind of great kindness, for communion with all beings; the mind of happiness, to end the mass … Continue reading

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The Clamor

For millennia, the fire under the pot has cooked suffering. To know why there are wars and calamities, just listen to the clamor of the slaughterhouse. –Buddhist proverb

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Differences

Do you see that those in this great assembly and in the immense ocean differ in their shape, form, and kind? All such differences are caused by their minds, from which arise wholesome or unwholesome body karmas, voice karmas, and … Continue reading

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None Other

To develop bodhicitta is to seek perfect enlightenment. To seek perfect enlightenment is to develop the desire to free sentient beings. The desire to free sentient beings is none other than the mind that gathers in all beings and helps them to … Continue reading

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The Path Ahead

As our skin wrinkles and our hair turns white, we see ourselves growing decrepit and senile. Even if we are rich and blessed with heirs, we cannot escape the ravages of aging. We may be happy in a thousand ways, but death always … Continue reading

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No Thing & Nothing

They’re not the same. Many people are under the impression that the ultimate truth of Buddha Dharma is a ‘non-affirming negation’, that is, an understanding of reality as void, null, non-existent. While the Buddha encouraged us not to be fooled … 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 permanent is perverse; to think of the permanent as impermanent is perverse. To think of non-being as being … Continue reading

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Beyond, Not Between

Great Middle Way is a translation of Maha Madhyamaka, which is what our Lamas call the Jonang view of the Dharma. The Great Middle Way is found beyond (not between) all extremes: beyond austerity and hedonism, eternalism and nihilism, sectarianism and … Continue reading

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Leaves & Truths

Once the Blessed One was staying at Kosambi in the rosewood forest. Then, picking up a few rosewood leaves with his hand, he asked the monks: —Which are more numerous, the few leaves in my hand or those overhead in the forest? —The leaves … Continue reading

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