Monthly Archives: October 2018

Effort

With effort we attain desirable worldly pleasures; with effort we become endowed with powerful purity; with effort we pass beyond materialistic views and are liberated; with effort we awaken to supreme enlightenment. —Maitreya, Mahayanasutralamkara

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Inexhaustible

The heirs of the Buddha undergo great austerities and all injuries inflicted by others —not from inability, not from fear, and not from desire for benefit. Unexcelled tolerance exalts all beings in the three enlightenments, and patience fully integrated with … Continue reading

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Twofold Grasping

As long as consciousness does not see that subject-object distinctions are simply forms of consciousness, attachment to twofold grasping [to individual and phenomenal existence] will never cease. —Vasubandhu

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Arts

Generosity is the art of non-attachment to objects. Discipline is the art of controlling distractions. Patience is the art of not forsaking beings. Effort is the art of increasing virtue. Contemplation and wisdom are the arts of purifying obscurations. —Vasubandhu, … Continue reading

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Benefits

From generosity obtains perfect wealth; from morality, perfect physique; from patience, perfect companions; from diligence, perfect effort; from concentration, freedom from afflictions; from wisdom, unerring accomplishment. —Vasubandhu, commentary on the Mahayanasutralamkara

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It Is Possible

Afflicted emotions are harmful and empty. Because they are harmful, we are determined to gain freedom from them. Because they are empty, it is possible to be free of them. —Kyabje Tashi Norbu Rinpoche, explaining a commentary by Sthiramati

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Innumerable

Since innumerable human beings attain enlightenment at every moment, we should not sink into despair. There are three reasons why despair is improper: because human beings attain enlightenment, because they continually attain it, and because innumerable beings attain it. —Maitreya, … Continue reading

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