Author Archives: Tashi Nyima

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.

5 Gates

If a good man or woman practices the Five Gates of Mindfulness and if that practice is perfected, ultimately that disciple will obtain birth in the Pure Land of Peace and Bliss and will see the Buddha Amideva.  The first … Continue reading

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Before Meals

This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard and loving work. May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this food. May we recognize and transform … Continue reading

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Self & Selves, Phenomena & Characteristics

Those who, for only a second, give rise to a pure and clear confidence upon hearing these words of the Tathagata, the Tathagata sees and knows them, and they will attain immeasurable happiness because of this understanding. Why? Because they … Continue reading

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Causes

Birth is caused by existence, existence by grasping, grasping by craving, craving by sensation, sensation by contact, contact by the six sensory fields, the six sensory fields by mind and body, mind and body (nama-rupa) by consciousness, consciousness by conduct, … Continue reading

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Signs of Right Concentration

With noble virtues and the power of concentration, meditation practitioners do not crave for reputation or profit. They destroy pride and arrogance. Their nature is mild and they do not harbor malice, nor do they feel miserliness or envy. They … Continue reading

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Is Your Meditation “Good”?

A good meditation has little or nothing to do with ‘extra-sensory perceptions’ or escaping temporarily from suffering. A walk, a nap, a vacation, or a warm bath can be more effective for such purposes. If we continue to harbor the same … Continue reading

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He Polished the Jewels

No silken cloth touched Ippen’s skin. He never took gold or silver in his hand, and strictly refrained from liquor, meat, and the five forbidden flavors. Thus he polished the jewels of the ten major precepts. —The Record of Ippen

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