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Only Then

Those who only read books cannot understand the teachings and, what’s more, may even go astray. But those who try to observe the things going on in the mind, and always take that which is true in their own minds … Continue reading

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Precious Counsel

Whatever actions you engage in, do not do anything contrary to the Dharma or that fails to become the accumulation of merit and wisdom. Do not desire anything other than omniscient Buddhahood and benefiting sentient beings. Do not be attached … Continue reading

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Cooperative

The entire cosmos is cooperative. The sun, the moon, and the stars live together as a cooperative. The same is true for humans and animals, trees, and soil. Our bodily parts function as a cooperative. When we realize that the … Continue reading

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Altogether Different

Do you remember when disease came to your village? Of your family, you were the only one to survive. You were just a girl. For years you begged for your food. Then a nun took you in. You told her … Continue reading

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A Fence

One of the things that the Buddha advocated as an antidote to sensual desire is moderation in eating. […] Moderation in eating does not mean eating nothing. It is eating enough to keep the body healthy. But this is a … Continue reading

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Less Is More

Farmers take grain from the earth and branches from the trees. They crack open one with the other and take what’s left to feed their families. You are all unripe grain. Take time to grow. Then leave the ground behind … Continue reading

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On Fire

The Buddha’s teachings are like the instructions posted on a hotel room door, telling you what to do when the hotel’s on fire. —Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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All Others

Throughout this and countless lives, we are and have been intimately related to all other living entities —we have been their servants, their masters, their children, their parents, their friends, and their lovers. They have served us in innumerable ways, … Continue reading

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Amazing

Amazing! These precious freedoms and endowments of a precious human life are rare as a daytime star; even when found, like a candle flame in the wind, they could vanish in an instant! […] The root of practice is renunciation. … Continue reading

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Every Road

I used to walk everywhere, wearing only a robe, a shaved head, and the dust of the road. It was all great fun, but I was still mistaking the essential for the inessential, and the inessential for the essential. Please, … Continue reading

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