Monthly Archives: May 2019

Nothing Else

No matter where you stay, be it a busy place or a solitary retreat, you only need to conquer your mind’s five poisons (attachment, aversion, indifference, jealousy, and pride), and your own true enemies, the eight worldly concerns (pleasure and … Continue reading

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Correction

No guilt, no blame, no shame: ignorance —whether ours or others’— cannot be corrected through punishment. It can only be enlightened.

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Not That At All

It is often thought that the Buddha’s doctrine teaches us that suffering will disappear if we have meditated long enough, or if we see everything differently. It is not that at all. Suffering isn’t going to go away; the one … Continue reading

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On The Road

Those who devote our minds and bodies to itinerant preaching of the Dharma help establish the indirect causes of birth in the Pure Land for others. We are protected by mindfulness of the Buddha and are able to achieve birth … Continue reading

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Two Arrows

“When touched with a feeling of pain, uninstructed ordinary persons sorrow, grieve, and lament, beat their breasts, become distraught. They feel two pains, physical and mental. Just as if they were to shoot a man with an arrow and, right … Continue reading

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Continual

If sentient beings in the six paths of any mundane world had no thoughts of killing, they would not have to follow a continual succession of births and deaths. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Surangama Sutra 6:20

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The Further Shore

Discerning persons, learned, do not develop attachment, aversion, or indifference because of pleasure or pain. This is the difference in skillfulness between wise and ordinary persons. For learned persons who have fathomed the Dharma, clearly seeing this world and the … Continue reading

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