Category Archives: Dharma View

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Confidence and Humility

Jigme Lingpa has advised us that, as practitioners, we need two things: confidence and humility. When you lose your inspiration, when you think that you are lazy and you don’t have devotion, then you should think, ‘The fact that I … Continue reading

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Real Monastics

Neither going about naked, nor with matted locks, nor filthy, nor fasting, nor lying on the ground, nor smearing oneself with ashes and dust, nor sitting on the heels in penance, can purify one who has not overcome doubt. Even … Continue reading

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Friendship

Like birds landing on a treetop together, and then dispersing, we are together for a very short time. Therefore, it makes sense to live in harmony, in unconditional friendship. ―Bokar Rinpoche

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Appearances

What seems to be external, the domain of the grasped, is pure. What seems to be internal, the grasping mind, is empty. What seems to lie in between is luminosity. May I recognize it! Joyful Buddhas of the three times, … Continue reading

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Effort

Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon your conduct. So, to praise others for their virtues can but encourage one’s own efforts. ―Nagarjuna

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Wisdom

In the beginning, one reverses non-virtue. In the middle, one reverses the view of a self. In the end, one reverses all views. Those who know this way are wise. ―Aryadeva

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Bravery

The whole purpose of meditation is to see the nature of mind, which is peaceful, compassionate, pure, and free of all concepts. Always remind yourself: a mind filled with judgement, comparison, expectation, hope and fear cannot see its true nature. … Continue reading

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Good Company

A crystal takes on the color of the cloth upon which it is placed, whether white, yellow, red or black. Likewise, whether the influence of the people with whom you spend your time is positive or negative will make a huge … Continue reading

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Diligence

To be diligent doesn’t mean to engage in various restless activities; it means to exert oneself in the means of leaving samsaric existence behind. A hundred things may be explained, a thousand told, but one thing only should you grasp. … Continue reading

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Know and Understand

Don’t investigate the root of things; investigate the root of mind. Once the mind’s root has been found, you’ll know one thing, yet all is thereby freed. But if you fail to find the root of mind, you will know … Continue reading

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