Monthly Archives: October 2019

Attachment & Concentration

When we grasp at the practice, expecting a benefit or result, that is attachment. Attachment is always accompanied by agitation, which is a tendency to distraction, and involves perpetual frustration, preventing absorption in the practice. When we evenly place the … Continue reading

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Even a Fool

As there is no immutable nature in things, how can a man remain bad always? When favorable conditions are provided, even a fool aspires to the Great Way, and while he follows the teachings faithfully, he aspires to be equal … Continue reading

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Mindfulness

The mindful are always fortunate. The mindful find happiness. For the mindful, tomorrow is better. The mindful need no release from enmity. Those who delight in harmlessness the whole day and night and love all beings have no enmity for … Continue reading

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Remember

Before an incident is over and what has happened cannot be changed, it must be instantly remembered: “These harmful beings are controlled by passions. If I did not exist, there would be no cause for them to harm me, because … Continue reading

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Instead of Cursing

May this respectable individual abandon improper physical activities and cultivate proper ones. May he abandon improper verbal activities and cultivate proper ones. May he abandon improper mental activities and cultivate proper ones. Why? So that this respectable individual will not … Continue reading

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Thieves

Previously we were thieves, appropriating life, our bodies, experiences, virtues, vices, and everything else as me and mine. Now we relinquish them all, return them all to nature, to emptiness. Previously we were rather stupid, but not anymore. Everything, positive … Continue reading

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Doubly Transcendental

Because its principles are marvelously profound, beyond the reach of Sravakas and Bodhisattvas, none of them could request the teaching of the Dharma Gate of the Pure Land. Nevertheless, it had to be revealed and, therefore, the Buddha spontaneously offered … Continue reading

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A Handful of Leaves

Once the Blessed One was staying near Kosambī in the Siṁsapā forest. Then, picking up a few leaves with his hand, he asked the monks, “What do you think, monks? Which are more numerous, the few leaves in my hand … Continue reading

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Unreal

What arises through the meeting of conditions and ceases to exist when these are lacking, is unreal, like the mirror image. How can true existence be ascribed to it? —Shantideva

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For All

The Buddha came for the benefit, welfare, and happiness not only of gods and humans, but also for the remaining beings, such as snakes, well-winged birds, and others. […] He arose for the sake of the happiness, welfare, and profit … Continue reading

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