Monthly Archives: August 2021

Dharmadhatu

The sutras that teach emptiness, however many spoken by the Victors, they all remove afflictions, but never deny this Dharmadhatu. * —Nagarjuna, Dharmadhatustava * Realm of absolute reality, Suchness

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Aspirations

As I eat and drink, may the hungry and thirsty be sated; as I go on my way, may all journey safely; as I sit and lie down, may the tired find rest; as I breathe in and out, may … Continue reading

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Wrong Views

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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Your Effort

I have shown you the methods that lead to liberation, but you should know that liberation depends upon your effort. —Buddha Shakyamuni

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Referent & Condition

The essence of knowable objects, which is internal, is what appears as if it were external. This is its referent, since it has the nature of consciousness and also is its condition. —Dignaga, Alambanapariksa

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Forms

Endowed at all times with great love and compassion, the Buddhas display forms just as sentient beings aspire. —Maitreya, Mahayanasutralamkara

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Disclosed & Undisclosed

Malunkyaputta, remember what is undisclosed by me as undisclosed, and what is disclosed by me as disclosed. And what is undisclosed by me? ‘The cosmos is eternal,’ ‘The cosmos is not eternal,’ ‘The cosmos is finite,’ ‘The cosmos is infinite,’ … Continue reading

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Calm & Clear

When we are angry, when we are excited, when we are depressed, when we are elated, we are completely submerged in and identified with those thoughts and feelings. This is why we suffer. We suffer because we are completely identified … Continue reading

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Three Natures

In the misapprehension of a coiled rope as a snake, the apparent snake is imaginary, as the illusory snake cannot perform the functions of a living reptile. It has only nominal existence and is therefore an invalid conventional cognition. The … Continue reading

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Without Difference

The defining characteristic of the nature of phenomena is Suchness, which is without a difference between apprehender and apprehended, or objects of designation and what designates them. —Maitreya, Dharmadharmatavibhaga

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