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Difficult…

Even if others should seek to cut off my head, though I’ve done them not the slightest wrong, to take upon myself, out of compassion, all the harms they have amassed —this is the practice of the Bodhisattvas. Even if … Continue reading

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Everything & Nothing

“Everything exists.” That is one extreme. “Nothing exists.” That is another extreme. Avoiding these two extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dharma of the Middle Way. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Kaccayanagotta Sutta

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Poison

The greatest of wrongs is to hold religious prejudice and to criticize other people without knowing their minds. So, give up prejudice as if it were poison. —Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava

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Peace

Victory begets enmity; the defeated dwell in pain. Happily the peaceful live, discarding both victory and defeat. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Dharmapada

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Rest

Rest naturally, like a small child. Rest like an ocean without waves. Rest within clarity, like a candle flame. Rest without self-concerns, like a corpse. Rest unmoving, like a mountain. –Milarepa

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The Chain

As long as they are still under the karmic influence, rebirth is the inevitable future for every ordinary being and even for some accomplished meditators. According to Buddhism, death is not the end of life. Your physical body will dissolve … Continue reading

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The Greatest Obstacle

Those who are swollen with arrogance have the greatest obstacle for acquiring knowledge. Since their blood-shot intellectual eyes are completely blinded by their arrogance, they can never see good qualities in others, and as a result their own good qualities … Continue reading

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Pure Causes

Blessed One, from which causes do mental stillness and insight arise? Maitreya, they arise from pure discipline and pure view resulting from hearing and contemplating the Dharma as their causes. —Buddha Vairochana, Samdhinirmochana Sutra

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How Things Work

The point of reflecting on karma is not to make ourselves feel guilty. Karma is not some form of divine punishment for our sins. There’s no one in charge of this process: it’s just how things naturally work. No one … Continue reading

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Hoard

Food, wealth, silver, gold, or whatever other belongings you have; employees, servants, helpers, and any dependents —you must go without taking any of them; you must leave all of them behind. What you do with body, speech, or mind —that … Continue reading

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