Monthly Archives: August 2019

Lees & Dregs

The essence of the Vajrayana cannot be obtained from written words. It must be transmitted from mind to mind. The written words are mere lees and dregs; they are bricks and pebbles. —Kukai

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Heart Advice

To have subordinates, wealth, a retinue, good fortune, and fame spreading through the whole world —at the time of death, all this is of no benefit. To be diligent in your practice is my heart advice. —Longchenpa

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The Dharma Belongs to All

To withhold the Dharma from any sentient being violates the Second Precept, the admonition against taking that which is not ours. What the Buddha and the Sangha have given freely to all sentient beings must not be selfishly appropriated for … Continue reading

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Ugly & Beautiful

A beautiful object has no intrinsic quality that is good for the mind, nor an ugly object any intrinsic power to harm it. Beautiful and ugly are just projections of the mind. The ability to cause happiness or suffering is … Continue reading

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Four Commitments

Never abandon the Dharma; don’t give up the aspiration to enlightenment for the benefit of all; don’t be miserly with the teachings; and don’t engage in any action that does not benefit sentient beings. —Mahavairochana Sutra

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Two Bodhicittas

Bodhicitta is the mind for enlightenment (relative bodhicitta) and the mind of enlightenment (absolute bodhicitta). It is both the aspiration to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all, and the perfectly enlightened mind that benefits all sentient beings. True samadhi, … Continue reading

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Dharma Ages

During the Golden Age of the Pure Dharma, there is doctrine, practice, and enlightenment. During the Silver Age of the Semblance of the Dharma, there is doctrine and practice, but infrequent enlightenment. During the Bronze Age of the Fading Dharma … Continue reading

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