Monthly Archives: October 2018

Personal & Phenomenal Emptiness

There is no difference at all between personal emptiness and phenomenal emptiness. Personal emptiness is simply the fact that the personal self is just an imputation made on the basis of the aggregates [of form, sensation, perception, volition, and consciousness]; … Continue reading

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Ultimate

If the ultimate truth were to become the object of body, speech, or mind, it could not be accounted ultimate; it would be relative. The ultimate truth transcends all expression; it is utterly without origin and cessation; it is utterly … Continue reading

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Five Marks

The distinctive marks of sages are compassion, gentle speech, courage, liberality, and skill in explaining the profound intention of the Dharma. These five marks should be recognized in the Bodhisattva’s aspiration and practice, in their support, inspiring faith, tireless effort, … Continue reading

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The Two Stores

The perfections (paramita) of generosity and morality constitute the store of merit; wisdom constitutes the store of wisdom; and patience, effort, and concentration constitute both stores. Generosity, morality, patience, effort, and concentration also constitute the store of wisdom [when practiced … Continue reading

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Courage

In the course of action, fear arises from discouragement, distraction, and delusion. Therefore, courage is recognized as comprising the triple spontaneity of enthusiasm, concentration, and wisdom. The courage of the brave Bodhisattvas is born naturally from vows, from renunciation, from … Continue reading

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Reverence

Supreme reverence for the Buddhas arises in the mind from faith in the teaching, from aspiration, from mastery, from full integration of skillful means born of non-dual wisdom, and from joining with all Bodhisattvas in unity of purpose. —Maitreya, Mahayanasutralamkara

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Happiness

All suffering, without exception, arises from desiring happiness for myself, while perfect enlightenment is born from the thought of benefiting others. Therefore, to really exchange my own happiness for the suffering of others is the practice of a Bodhisattva. —Tokme … Continue reading

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