Monthly Archives: February 2021

You Will Heal

Shunryu Suzuki said: The only way you can endure your pain is to let it be painful. While it is true that we cannot suppress pain (at least, not successfully or permanently), there are ways to lessen the pain and … Continue reading

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Narrowness & Openness

The difference between Buddhas and sentient beings is like the difference between the narrowness and openness of space. Sentient beings are like the space within a tightly closed fist, while Buddhas are fully open, all-encompassing. —Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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Suffering & Unhappiness

We incur suffering but we create unhappiness. The Sanskrit word dukkha, the opposite of sukha, does not simply define an unpleasant sensation but rather reflects a fundamental vulnerability to suffering and pain…. Unhappiness is altogether different, being the way in … Continue reading

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Nothing Is Seen

If you follow any thought or emotion, major or minor, and let your mind wander outward, your work is in error and you are no different from an ordinary person. Turn your emotion right in and look right at your … Continue reading

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Easy

A belief in a self as huge as Mount Sumeru is easy to destroy, but the belief in emptiness with deep conceit is not destroyed so easily. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Ratnakuta Sutra

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Grudges & Gratitude

Why hold on to grudges? If you must hold on to anything, hold on to gratitude. —TN

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Gods & Demons

If, as you cultivate mind training, your personality becomes stiff with pride and arrogance, it is as though you have reduced a god to a demon; Dharma has become non-dharma. The more you cultivate mind training and Dharma, the more … Continue reading

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Consequences

The more we crave pleasure, gain, praise, and fame, the more acutely we suffer pain, loss, censure, and obscurity. —TN

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Yes & No

Whether an enlightened Buddha appears or does not appear, the nature of things remains the basic nature of things. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Sutras on the Profound Meaning

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Three Types

Know that there are three types of people: inferior, mediocre, and superior. The inferior, by any of the various means, strive for their own benefit to merely attain the pleasures of samsara. The mediocre turn their back on samsara’s pleasures … Continue reading

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