Monthly Archives: March 2019

The Birthplace of Bodhisattvas

The definitive aspiration for enlightenment is the birthplace of Bodhisattvas, as they are born in the house of Buddhahood. Faith is the birthplace of Bodhisattvas, as they are born in the house of wise teachers. The stages of enlightenment are … Continue reading

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Always

Although my eyes, blinded by passions, do not see the brilliant radiance that embraces me, the Great Compassion never tires, always casting its light upon me. —Honen Shonin

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Realize Completeness

Because emptiness is contained in existence, existence exists yet is not existent —the view of existence ends here. Because existence is contained in emptiness, emptiness is not empty —the attachment to emptiness is utterly abandoned. Emptiness and existence enter each … Continue reading

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Among All

Among all living things —mountains and rivers, grasses and trees, the sounds of blowing winds and rising waves— there is nothing that is not the Name. —Ippen Shonin

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Continuously

If there were a self, then ego-clinging could never be abandoned, and if this ego-clinging is not relinquished, then karma and afflictions do not cease. Due to being attached to the self, you continuously enter samsara. —Jamgon Mipam

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Grasper and Grasped

Something is grasped if there is something to grasp, but not if there’s nothing to grasp. Where there is nothing to grasp, there can also be no grasper, as if there’s nothing to grasp there is no one to grasp … Continue reading

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Beseeching

Although you have realized the meaning of non-duality, I beseech you not to abandon virtue. Although you have realized the meaning of non-meditation, I beseech you not to abandon the practice of method. Although there is nothing to accept or reject in … Continue reading

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Walking Meditation

There are five benefits of walking meditation. What five? You become fit for traveling, for striving in meditation, and healthy in body; what’s eaten, drunk, chewed, and tasted is properly digested; and concentration gained while walking lasts long. These are … Continue reading

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The King of Prayers

When the moment of my death arrives, by eliminating all obscurations and directly perceiving Amideva, may I go immediately to Dewachen, the Pure Land of Great Bliss. Having gone to Dewachen, may I actualize the meaning of all my aspirations, fulfilling them without exception, for the … Continue reading

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Offerings

The giver of the agreeable obtains the agreeable, the giver of the foremost obtains the foremost, the giver of the excellent obtains the excellent, the giver of the best obtains the best. Giving gifts to the best, the best of merit grows: the best … Continue reading

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