Monthly Archives: June 2020

Being Is A Verb

Being* is reality (tattva). Being is permanent (nitya). Being is virtue (guna). Being is eternal (śāśvatā). Being is stable (dhruva). Being is peace (siva). —Buddha Shakyamuni, Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra *Gerund of the verb to be. Not a being; not an … Continue reading

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No Time

You say you’re too busy, that there’s never enough time. Take care of whatever you have to take care of. Then sit. Be honest. Do you really think you’re going to live forever? —Bhikshuni Visakha, Therigatha

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Devoid of Self

Whether or not there is the arising of Tathagatas, this property stands — this steadfastness of the Dharma, this orderliness of the Dharma: All phenomena are devoid of self. The Tathagata directly awakens to that, breaks through to that. Directly … Continue reading

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Upstream

For so long, I thought only of the river’s end. Then one morning, I set my paddle down to watch the sun rise over the eastern hills —only to find myself floating, somehow gently upstream. I promise. It was not what I … Continue reading

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No Agent

Bubbles and foam arise from turbulent waters, arising in dependence on causes and conditions, but with no agent to bring them about. In just the same way, names and forms arise from actions. They stem only from causes, but have … Continue reading

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Misguided

Impermanence is everywhere, yet I still think things will last. I have reached the gates of old age, yet I still pretend I am young. Bless me and misguided beings like me, that we may truly understand impermanence. —Patrul Rinpoche

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Calmly

How do you cross the flood? You cross calmly —one step at a time, feeling for stones. How do you cross the flood, my heart? You cross calmly —one step at a time, or not at all. —Bhikshuni Upasama, Therigatha

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About Practice

In the beginning, nothing comes, in the middle, nothing stays, in the end, nothing goes. —Milarepa

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Regardless

You always considered yourself lucky because things seemed to work out the way you wanted. Now luck has a different meaning. Lucky to be walking a Path that finds peace in the arising and passing away of each present moment. Regardless of how things work … Continue reading

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For the sake of sentient beings

The Tathagata practices morality, meditation, and wisdom to benefit sentient beings. Over immeasurable and numerous lives, he benefits both foes and friends without discrimination. For the sake of sentient beings, the Tathagata, the World-Honored One, gives away what is hard … Continue reading

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