Monthly Archives: April 2021

Real Meditation

Some believe that meditation is the real practice, and that post-meditation is just returning to normal life. However, the true view is that meditation is only a preliminary for the mindfulness that we must practice always. Real meditation starts when … Continue reading

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Energetically

Endowed with compassion, energetically act for others. Endowed with joy, come to the far shore of the Dharma. Endowed with equanimity, your highest practice is non-harming. Thus, you refine the mind of omniscience. —Buddha Shakyamuni, The Teaching Requested by Sagaramati

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Sole Basis

Give up the impure lifestyle of consuming meat, alcohol, and the like! Being the sole basis of all marvelous qualities, cherish the precious discipline [of dokar denchig (vegetarian one meal practice)] more than your life! —Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo

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One Taste

Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also my teaching and discipline have one taste, the taste of liberation. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Udana Varga

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Predispositions

Numerous sectarian positions arise as occasion demands, and we partake of the good ambrosial medicine of the Buddha’s various teachings, each according to our karmic predispositions. They are all aspects of the True Law which our great teacher Shakyamuni gained … Continue reading

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Don’t you get it?

If you’ve got money, you’ve got money problems. If you have a house, you have house problems. If you have yaks, you have yak problems. If you have goats, you have goat problems! —Patrul Rinpoche

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Empty Luminosity

Purity, formlessness, spaciousness, and selflessness are synonyms of emptiness. Emptiness is wisdom. Clarity, open awareness, and pure presence are synonyms of luminosity. Luminosity is the unfathomable activity of this selfless wisdom that is compassion. Wisdom and compassion are inseparable, as … Continue reading

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Living Experience

The living experience of reality is joy beyond joy, limitless love, universal compassion, intrinsic awareness, and perfect wisdom. —Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, The Fourth Council

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Preconditions

Stopping, calming, and resting are the preconditions for healing. If we cannot stop, the course of our destruction will continue unabated. The world needs healing; individuals, communities, and nations also need healing. —Thich Nhat Hanh

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Nowhere Else

There is nowhere else for us to become a Buddha but right now, in this place. Awakening does not happen anywhere else or at any other time. —Seung Sahn

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