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Separated

What we call “I” is blind passions. If there is any attachment to the self, the Dharma that is practiced and the practitioner attached to the self are separated from each other, so it is altogether impossible for practice to be fulfilled. All the … Continue reading

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Vows

“I didn’t want to think it.” “I didn’t mean to say it.” “I didn’t intend to do it.” How many times have we said these or similar words to ourselves or others? When we entertain unwelcome thoughts, utter words that … Continue reading

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Never Forget

Birth is suffering. Aging is suffering. Disease is suffering. Death is suffering. I am separated from those I love. I seek what I want but do not find it. I encounter the unpleasant at every step. Making my body the … Continue reading

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Never Forget

Birth is suffering. Aging is suffering. Disease is suffering. Death is suffering. I am separated from those I love. I seek what I want but do not find it. I encounter the unpleasant at every step. Making my body the … Continue reading

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Yesterday Is Spent

Summer and fall slip away; the months and years go by; yesterday is spent, and today draws to a close. Little did I know that I would grow old before I knew it, with the unnoticed passage of the years. On occasion … Continue reading

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Cessations

Pleasure is insubstantial. The cessation of pleasure is pain. Pain is insubstantial. The cessation of pain is pleasure. —Ippen Shonin

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The Greatest

The greatest achievement is selflessness. The greatest worth is self-mastery. The greatest quality is seeking to serve others. The greatest precept is continual awareness. The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything. The greatest action is not conforming with the … Continue reading

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