Monthly Archives: December 2018

Independence

Every form of independence is happiness. Every form of dependence on others is suffering. There is no greater joy than becoming independent and then endeavoring for good qualities. —Jamgon Mipham

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Bad Advice

There are various types of bad advice; the mistaken counsel offered by someone of limited intellect; the twisted advice of people out for their own self-interest; the brash counsel of those who do not analyze the consequences of actions; and … Continue reading

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Harm & Merit

Having done something harmful, don’t repeat it, don’t wish for it. Harmfulness piled up brings suffering. Having done something meritorious, repeat it, wish for it. Merit piled up brings happiness. —Buddha Shakyamuni

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Benefits

One who hears many teachings but, being negligent, doesn’t act accordingly, like one counting another’s coins, does not attain the benefits of the contemplative life. One who hears but a few teachings, yet lives according to the Dharma, abandoning attachment, … Continue reading

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Foolish or wise?

Fools think that all their happiness and suffering is caused by external conditions. Their thoughts of attachment and aversion always run here and there with the goal of avoiding or acquiring various things. The wise realize that all happiness and … Continue reading

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Faults & Qualities

There is no swamp like desire, no injury like anger, no trap like delusion, no torrent like craving. There is no defilement like attachment, and nothing more harmful than jealousy. There is no form of intimacy like begging, and no jewel like … Continue reading

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Heartless

Those who lack compassion for the elderly, for children, for the sick, for the oppressed, for those who have lost their livelihood, for the weak, for the abandoned, and for the refugees: these heartless people are inhuman. —Jamgon Mipham

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