Monthly Archives: September 2018

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There is no meditation for one who lacks wisdom, and there is no wisdom for one who does not meditate. But one who has wisdom and meditates is close to nirvana. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Gandhari Dharmapada

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Salvaged

When the world is on fire with aging and death, one should salvage one’s wealth by giving. What’s given is well salvaged, what’s given bears fruit as pleasure. What isn’t given does not. Thieves take it away, or kings; it … Continue reading

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Watch

In my every action, I will watch my mind, and the moment destructive emotions arise, I will confront them strongly and avert them, since they will hurt both me and others. Whenever I see ill-natured beings, or those overwhelmed by heavy misdeeds or … Continue reading

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I should eliminate the suffering of others because it is suffering, just like my own suffering. I should take care of others because they are sentient beings, just as I am a sentient being. When happiness is equally dear to others and … Continue reading

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Blameless

Wisely reflecting, we take food, not for enjoyment, not for indulgence or the fascination of taste, but simply for the maintenance of the body, for the continuance of existence, for the cessation of painful feelings, for living the higher life. Through this eating, we subdue … Continue reading

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Order of Nuns

On this day, scarcely five years after the start of His mission, the Buddha Shakyamuni established the Bhikshuni Sangha (Assembly of Fully Ordained Nuns), by giving monastic precepts to his adoptive mother, Mahaprajapati Gautami, and her 500 companions. The presence … Continue reading

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Correction

How should one correct criminals? Corrective measures should be just, proportional, principled, moderate, and benevolent. […] If correction is necessary, and responsibility has been established beyond mere accusation, even then we should never kill criminals, deprive them of their faculties, or torture them. Instead, … Continue reading

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