Monthly Archives: February 2020

Inexorable Wind

The ground of purification is the universal ground wisdom, which is like the sky. The object of purification is the incidental stains, which are like clouds. The agent of purification is the truth of the path, which is like the … Continue reading

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Motivation

Both virtuous and nonvirtuous actions are formed in the mind. Actions, though more apparent, are secondary to our motivation. Even an apparently virtuous action is of little benefit if the root of our motivation is selfishness. Any action performed with … Continue reading

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Clouds and Mist

Within the sky-like empty mind, habitual tendencies and disturbing emotions are just like clouds and mist. When they appear, they appear within the expanse of empty mind. When they remain, they remain within the expanse of empty mind. And when … Continue reading

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Mouth Yoga

Why should I smile when there is no joy in me? The answer is that smiling is a practice. There are over three hundred muscles in your face. When you are angry or fearful, these muscles tense up. The tension … Continue reading

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The Real Problem

We often think the only way to create happiness is to try to control the outer circumstances of our lives, to try to fix what seems wrong, or to get rid of everything that bothers us. But the real problem … Continue reading

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A Secret

“I want this, I want that,” is nothing but foolishness. I’ll tell you a secret: all things are impermanent! —Ryokan

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Like the Sky

There is no difference between Buddhas and sentient beings other than their scope of mind. […] The mind of a sentient being is limited. The mind of a Buddha is all-pervasive. So, develop a scope of mind that is like … Continue reading

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Purifiers

Whenever Great Bodhisattvas manifest, it is to purify beings. They teach them the Dharma in accordance with their inclinations. They cut through the cravings of those who are tormented by craving. They clear away the suffering of those tormented by … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Matter

The Buddhist attitude is that it doesn’t matter how many delusions you have, how confused you are, how much ‘sin’ or negativity you have created, it is possible —absolutely possible— to totally eradicate all of it. —Lama Yeshe

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Unwholesome Friends

Frequenting unwholesome friends is bound to make your own behavior unwholesome. Abandon any friendships that are negative. —Padampa Sangye

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