Monthly Archives: September 2019

His Light

If sentient beings encounter Amideva’s light, their three defilements (attachment, aversion, indifference) are removed. They feel kindness, joy, and delight, and beneficial thoughts arise in their minds. If sentient beings in the three realms of suffering see His light, they … Continue reading

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Nothing To Do

There is suffering and we must understand it, and yet there is nothing to understand. There is the cause of suffering and we must eliminate it, and yet there is nothing to eliminate. There is the cessation of suffering and … Continue reading

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Where?

The Buddha Dharma is nowhere remote. It is in our minds. It is close to us. Suchness is nowhere external. If not within these bodies, where can it be found? —Kukai

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Search Not

Buddhahood cannot be attained elsewhere. If you seek it outside yourself, even the efforts of countless eons will fail to bear any fruit. Search not, strive not. Let your mind rest in its natural state. —Machig Labdron

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Infallible

The Dharma is beyond speech, but without speech it cannot be revealed. Suchness transcends forms, but without relying on forms it cannot be realized. Though one may err at times by taking the finger pointing at the moon to be … Continue reading

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Non-Attachment

Our problems don’t come from having feelings and emotions; they come from holding on to them. As Buddhists, we are training in non-attachment, not indifference. “Indifference” means you don’t care, whereas “non-attachment” means you don’t cling. —Ringu Tulku

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Foundations of Mindfulness

The Buddha identified four foundations of mindfulness (catuḥ-smṛtyupasthāna) as antidotes to four habitual misunderstandings that are the root of suffering in everyday life. These mistakes lead to distorted perceptions, thoughts, and views that generate mental afflictions (attachment, aversion, and indifference). … Continue reading

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