Monthly Archives: July 2022

Great Compassion

The compassion of Hearers and Solitary Realizers is compared to skin, the compassion of Bodhisattvas to muscle, and the great compassion of blessed Buddhas to bones and marrow. Hearer compassion rejoices in Buddha wisdom. Bodhisattva compassion establishes bodhicitta. The great … Continue reading

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Undeniable

It is undeniable that generosity yields great wealth. It is undeniable that discipline leads to rebirth in the upper realms. It is undeniable that study leads to great insight. It is undeniable that familiarization (with practice) leads to separation (from … Continue reading

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Gods & Ghosts

“If I give this, what will be left for me?” Thinking of oneself is the way of hungry ghosts. “If I keep this, what will be left to give?” Concern for others is the way of the gods. —Arya Shantideva, … Continue reading

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Conceit

“I am better; I am not better; I am worse; we are equal.” These ideas come from conceit. If one is not agitated with such conceit, one is wise, virtuous, and calms the mind. —Maha Kasyapa, Theragatha

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Unfathomable

Suffering is the master that teaches the faults of samsara; it is the direct cause for the practice of compassion and patience; it is the delineation point of Dharma; it is the condition for purifying obscurations— it has unfathomable such … Continue reading

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Subtle & Distinct

The Great Middle Way (mahamadhyamaka) bases its view on the sutras of all Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma. […] Based on these sutras, the subtle and distinct view reveals pure dharmadhatu as Buddha Nature. In a subtle and … Continue reading

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Insufficient

Don’t just sit there on your meditation cushion and wish that all sentient beings be happy. You must also try to make them happy when you engage with them, no matter who they are, or what they have done. You … Continue reading

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Medicine

Do not wish for perfect health. In perfect health there is greed and wanting. Therefore, an ancient sage said: Make good medicine from the suffering of sickness. —Kyong Ho

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Emptiness

Since the relative is without truth, it is self-empty [rangtong]; it does not appear to primordial wisdom. Since the absolute does exist, it is not empty of itself; it is empty of other [shentong]. —Dolpopa, The Sun That Illumines the … Continue reading

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No Other End

The Tathagata preaches the Dharma by able devices, varying directions and indications, fundamental ideas and interpretations, with due regard to the different dispositions and inclinations of beings whose temperaments are so various. All his preaching of the Dharma has no … Continue reading

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