Monthly Archives: October 2020

Opening the Heart

The true meaning of opening our heart is that we no longer are afraid of losing anything. It is a form of surrender, yet such surrender has no object. It is not like we are surrendering to something. What we … Continue reading

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The Price

Growing up, my sisters and I had gold coins for toys. When there’s that much money around, being beautiful isn’t such a big deal. Somehow, we all were. All my suitors started off talking about beauty, and ended up talking … Continue reading

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Time

If you have time to breathe, you have time to meditate. You breathe when you walk. You breathe when you stand. You breathe when you lie down. —Ajahn Amaro

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9 Secrets for Lay Buddhists

If you want more love, love more. If you want happiness, be content. If you want wealth, be generous. If you want confidence, trust. If you want beauty, be beautiful. If you want safety, be prudent. If you want adventure, … Continue reading

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The Most Beneficial

Giving protection from fear means actually doing whatever you can to help others in difficulty. It includes, for instance, providing a refuge for those without any place of safety, giving protection to those without any protector, and being with those … Continue reading

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Any Day

The day began like any other. We dressed, ate breakfast, and went to the park. As we were passing the Anjana Woods, I remember someone saying, Let’s go to the monastery. We pushed open the door, and there he was. … Continue reading

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Fundamental

Always take the lowest place. Wear simple clothes. Help other beings as much as you can. In everything you do, simply work at developing love and compassion until they have become a fundamental part of you. —Patrul Rinpoche

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How Strong Is That Karma?

The five factors which, by their relative degree of intensity, either mitigate or intensify any particular karmic act are: 1. the frequency of the act; 2. the intensity of the motivation to perform the act; 3. the skillful or unskillful … Continue reading

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Monastic Precepts

Monastics! After my Nirvana, you should revere and honor the Precepts. They are like a light in darkness, or like the treasure of a poor person. You should know that the Precepts are your great teacher, not different from my … Continue reading

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Three Powers

Courage is the power that enables the Bodhisattva to overcome impediments to his or her own spiritual transformation: to conquer ignorance, fear, error, death, and thereby attain liberation. Compassion is the power that allows the Bodhisattva to assume the pain … Continue reading

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