Monthly Archives: April 2022

Why & Wherefore?

When unwanted things befall you, rid yourself of your displeasure. For if there is a remedy, what need is there for it? And if no change is possible, what point is there in useless irritation? Therefore, simply bear with all … Continue reading

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Cause and Effect

From not giving to the needy, poverty became rife, from the growth of poverty, theft increased, from the increase of theft, the use of weapons increased, from the increased use of weapons, the taking of life increased, and from the … Continue reading

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Two Aspects

The mind has two aspects: conventional, and world-transcending. Self-clinging produces cyclic existence and self-awareness leads to suchness. —Nagarjuna, Dharmadhatustava

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Bodhichitta

May I be a guard for those who are protectorless, a guide for those who journey on the road. For those who wish to cross the water, may I become a bridge, a boat, a raft. May I be an … Continue reading

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Empty of Selfhood

The world is empty of any self or anything belonging to a self; that is, nothing that could be taken as being a self or belonging to a self is to be found in anything: neither in mind, nor in … Continue reading

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Purifications

The three designations of impermanence, suffering, and emptiness purify the mind; the teaching that phenomena have no self-nature refines the mind to the utmost. —Nagarjuna, Dharmadhatustava

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Soap Opera

We are each living in our own soap opera. We do not see things as they really are. We see only our interpretations. This is because our minds are always so busy…But when the mind calms down, it becomes clear. … Continue reading

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Neither Near Nor Far

You either proceed with knowledge or without —cyclic existence and liberation both live in the body. Either your own thinking binds you, or knowing the true nature frees you. Enlightenment, neither near nor far, neither goes away nor comes to … Continue reading

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All

All my foes will cease to be, and all my friends will cease to be, and I will also cease to be, and likewise, everything will cease to be. —Shantideva, Bodhicharyavatara

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Truthful Words to Pacify the Fear of War

oṃ maṇi peme hum Victorious Maitreya, sublime and noble Chenrezi, ferocious king Hayagrīva, Jetsün Tārā, and all Holy Buddhas, the mere sound of whose names dispels all fear —compassionate sources of refuge, please hear my prayer! In this time when … Continue reading

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