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Causes & Conditions

The Dharma teaches that the manifestation of a consequence requires the confluence of multiple causes and conditions. Wrong views, afflicted emotions (attachment, aversion, and indifference), and the habits and tendencies that impel us to act in ways that are unskillful … Continue reading

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Friend to the World

Now, while there is freedom to act, I should always present a smiling face and cease to frown and grimace. The first to extend my hand in kindness, I shall be a friend to the whole world. —Shantideva, Bodhisattvacaryavatara

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Weary of Suffering

“Transient are all conditioned things.” When one discerns this with wisdom, one becomes weary of suffering. This is the path to purity.   “Sorrowful are all conditioned things.” When one discerns this with wisdom, one becomes weary of suffering. This … Continue reading

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Children and Old Men

Bai Juyi (772-846 CE) was an important poet and government official of the Tang Dynasty in China. He once asked a monk for the most essential Dharma instruction, and the monk replied by quoting the Buddha’s summary teaching, “Avoid harm. Do … Continue reading

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Projections

Consciousness (mind and mentation) is “the stuff” what we mistake to be subject and object, me and mine, us and things. There is no substantial me, mine, us, things, but only internal representations in our experience. When you see a movie, … Continue reading

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Here and There

As a river, when full, must flow and reach and fill the distant plain, so what is given here, indeed, will reach and bless the beings there.   As water on a mountain top must soon descend and fill the … Continue reading

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Real Treasure

Among all possessions, the Buddha described contentment as the best and most excellent. Always be content! If you know contentment, even if you have nothing else, you own a real treasure. —Arya Nagarjuna, Letter to a Friend

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