Monthly Archives: April 2021

Like a Thief

When you follow the Buddha’s Path, do not try to impress others. Do not make a business of it. Practice Buddhism in secret, like a thief; not even your spouse and your children should know what you do. —Honen Shonin

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In The Hand

When the Lama’s words have entered your heart, you are like someone seeing a treasure in the palm of the hand. —Saraha

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Threefold Training

Training in discipline leads to meditative concentration. Training in meditative concentration leads to wisdom. By training in wisdom, the mind is completely liberated from attachment, aversion, and indifference. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Sutra on the Threefold Training

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Compounded Phenomena

Like a star, a hallucination, a candle, a magical illusion, a dewdrop, a bubble, a dream, lightning, or a cloud— know all compounded phenomena to be like this. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Diamond Cutter Sutra

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Change

If you do not like what you reap, change what you sow. —Tashi Norbu Rinpoche

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Two Contemplations

Just like without contemplating death we cannot understand the true meaning of life, without contemplating suffering we cannot understand the true meaning of Liberation. —TN

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Tiny Drops

Do not disregard small misdeeds, thinking they are harmless, because even tiny sparks of flame, can set fire to a mountain of hay. Do not disregard small positive acts, thinking they are without benefit, because even tiny drops of water, … Continue reading

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All

All beings are Buddhas, but this is concealed by adventitious stains. When their stains are purified, their Buddhahood is revealed. —Hevajra Tantra

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Study

Through study we come to understand phenomena. Through study we turn away from negative actions. Through study we give up what is meaningless. Through study we reach the state beyond sorrow. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Bodhisattva Pitaka

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Not All

Not all desire is bad. The desire to be skillful is something you want to encourage, something you want to identify with as long as you need it. —Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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