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Simple

The word “Buddha” means awakened, knowing, understanding. He or she who wakes up and understands is called a Buddha. It is as simple as that. The capacity to wake up, to understand, and to love is called Buddha Nature. —Thich … Continue reading

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To Teach Dharma

You should teach Dharma to others thinking: “I will teach step by step. I will teach explaining my methods. I will teach out of kindness. I will not teach while secretly hoping to profit. I will teach without hurting myself … Continue reading

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Minimal

Those who understand the mind reach enlightenment with minimal effort. —Bodhidharma

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Set on Nirvana

Those whose minds are set on nirvana should not be arrogant. They should not lapse into untruth nor generate attachment for sense objects. They should thoroughly understand the nature of conceit, and abstain from violence. They should not delight in … Continue reading

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Mental Product

If I am suffering over some matter, and then I die, my suffering also disappears. When we realize this —that suffering is merely the product of our minds, and does not have some independent existence— then there is no longer … Continue reading

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Defining Characteristics

There are three defining characteristics of dependent arising: production from a cause that is not a divine creator, production from multiple impermanent causes, and production from causes that have the capacity to give rise to the effect. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Sutra … Continue reading

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Unrealistic

Attachment is an attitude that overrates the qualities of an object or person and then grasps onto them. In other words, we project onto persons and objects qualities that they do not possess, or we exaggerate the ones they do … Continue reading

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Highest

The highest wisdom is not to grasp anything as it appears. —Atisha Dipamkara

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Refuge

In the Refuge formula, we invoke: equanimity, imparted by the teachings of the Lama: namoh gurave; the manifestation of intrinsic Buddha Nature: namoh buddhaya; the contemplation of the emptiness of all appearances: namoh dharmaya; and the recognition of dependent arising: … Continue reading

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Cause & Effect

Happiness, as well as sadness, does not cross our path by chance or accident, nor does it come from appeasing an imaginary higher being. As with everything else, happiness in this universe arises from specific causes. If we generate the … Continue reading

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