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.

Mental Product

If I am suffering over some matter, and then I die, my suffering also disappears. When we realize this —that suffering is merely the product of our minds, and does not have some independent existence— then there is no longer … Continue reading

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Defining Characteristics

There are three defining characteristics of dependent arising: production from a cause that is not a divine creator, production from multiple impermanent causes, and production from causes that have the capacity to give rise to the effect. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Sutra … Continue reading

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Unrealistic

Attachment is an attitude that overrates the qualities of an object or person and then grasps onto them. In other words, we project onto persons and objects qualities that they do not possess, or we exaggerate the ones they do … Continue reading

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Highest

The highest wisdom is not to grasp anything as it appears. —Atisha Dipamkara

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Refuge

In the Refuge formula, we invoke: equanimity, imparted by the teachings of the Lama: namoh gurave; the manifestation of intrinsic Buddha Nature: namoh buddhaya; the contemplation of the emptiness of all appearances: namoh dharmaya; and the recognition of dependent arising: … Continue reading

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Cause & Effect

Happiness, as well as sadness, does not cross our path by chance or accident, nor does it come from appeasing an imaginary higher being. As with everything else, happiness in this universe arises from specific causes. If we generate the … Continue reading

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Intelligence

There are eight causes, Nagasena, of the development and maturing of intelligence: the advance of years, the growth of reputation, frequent questioning, association with a spiritual guide, one’s own reasoning, discussion, association with the virtuous, and dwelling in a suitable … Continue reading

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The Root

Life is the root of all qualities. Hence, protecting life is a gift that grants all forms of happiness. Among all forms of generosity, the mental state of wishing to give and protect life is supreme. Among all forms of … Continue reading

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Calling the Lama

Authentic Lamas possessing compassion, Protectors, Rulers of All Things, We pray to you! May our mind which nakedly realizes the mode of abiding and your exalted mind become non-different. Primordial Buddhas who embody the lineage, holy Lamas who embody the … Continue reading

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Like Cooking Sand

You should realize that all the names of the Bodhisattvas are just different names for the nature of mind. As an expedient in the World-Honored-One’s discourses, he defined things using certain names, and with these names he pointed to the … Continue reading

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