Monthly Archives: February 2020

Friends

The friend who takes your wealth, the friend who renders lip-service, the friend that flatters, the friend who brings ruin, these four the wise behold as enemies, and avoid them from afar as paths of peril. […] The friend who … Continue reading

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Trembling

Abandoning the taking of life, we abstain from the taking of life. We dwell with the rod laid down, the knife laid down, scrupulous, merciful, trembling with compassion for the welfare of all living beings. —Buddha Shakyamuni

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Three Wheels of Dharma

In order to safeguard the beginner’s mind from emotions shackled by ordinary clinging to duality, the Buddha gave detailed teachings on the Four Noble Truths that primarily show the various matters that must be adopted or avoided, the flaws and … Continue reading

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Future Plans

Careless one! Put your hands to your heart and think: These plans for the future, based upon a denial of death, undermine the real purpose of this and future lives. —Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro

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Well Spoken

A statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken; it is blameless and not faulted by knowledgeable people. Which five? It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken … Continue reading

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Yoga

The Tibetan word for yoga is naljor (rnal ‘byor). Nal is the original awakened nature of mind, the dharmakaya or truth nature. Jor is a verb that means to reach or attain. Naljor, therefore, means to reach the original nature … Continue reading

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Quickly

I see that all beings have Buddha Nature, hidden by afflictions. I preach the removal of those impurities to enable them to attain universal wisdom. Just as I have a Tathagata Nature, so do all beings. When they recognize and … Continue reading

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