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No More Grief

I shall wander from country to country guiding many disciples, and they will be diligent and energetic in practicing my teaching, the teaching of one without sensual desire, and they will go where, having gone, one does not grieve. —Buddha … Continue reading

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Real Beauty

Haven’t you spent enough time comparing your hair and your clothes and your face to the hair and the faces and the clothes of those around you? See the body for what it is. Real beauty is in the clear open light of the nonjudgmental … Continue reading

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Adorn, Never Corrupt

The presence of space makes it possible for the whole universe to be set within it, and yet this does not alter or condition space in any way. Although rainbows appear in the sky, they do not make any difference … Continue reading

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This Simple Wind

When I left the only home I’d ever known, I thought I’d left everything behind. But I was still carrying all the years of running back and forth and around in circles after this or that. Just sitting still, those circles have broken apart and … Continue reading

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Beware!

Beware of bodily anger, and control your body! Leave the unskillful acts of the body, and with your body practice virtue! Beware of the anger of the tongue, and control your tongue! Leave the unskillful acts of the tongue, and … Continue reading

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The World Is the Alms Bowl

Another day walking in circles with an empty bowl. Leaning on my staff in the middle of the road, my whole body shaking with hunger, what little strength I had left, left me. As I was falling to the ground, … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Dharma

If Buddhism is not socially engaged, it is not true Dharma. The Buddha did not remain seated under the bodhi tree after his enlightenment. On the contrary, he labored tirelessly for the liberation and enlightenment of all beings during the … Continue reading

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A Warm Blanket

After all those years looking after others, this old heart has finally learned to look after itself. Each act of kindness is a stitch in this warm blanket that now covers me while I sleep. —Bhikshuni Sumana, Therigatha

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Yokes

Bound with the yoke of sensuality and the yoke of becoming, bound with the yoke of views, compelled by the yoke of ignorance, beings wander in samsara, heading to birth and death. But those who understand sensuality and the yoke of becoming, who have thrown off the … Continue reading

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Cool

Life had always been hot sweaty work. First, I learned to control my hands, then my mouth, then my mind. As things slowed, I sank down, down, to the bottom of the heart’s sea. There I dug out the roots … Continue reading

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