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Good Friendship

In whatsoever village or town householders dwell, they associate, converse, and engage in discussions with householders or householders’ offspring, whether young and highly cultured, or old and highly cultured, full of faith, full of virtue, full of generosity, full of wisdom. They act in accordance … Continue reading

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I Know

I know I will age; I cannot escape aging. I know I will become ill; I cannot escape illness. I know I will die; I cannot escape death. In everything I love, there will be change and separation. I own … Continue reading

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Certainty

We are surrounded by compassion and supported with kindness on every side. This is not wishful thinking or mundane piety. We took Refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha —unerring and permanent protection. We can worry about the situations … Continue reading

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Whence?

From attachment springs fear. For one who is wholly free from attachment there is no grief, whence then fear? From lust springs grief, from lust springs fear. For one who is wholly free from lust there is no grief; whence then fear? From craving … Continue reading

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Blame

Whether we assign blame to others or ourselves, the negative emotion that accompanies blame is unskillful. Blame entails not only assigning responsibility for an unwelcome consequence, but also imputing malice or evil intent to the one performing the act. The … Continue reading

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Magical Thinking

Some people believe that rituals are efficacious in themselves ―that is, the words and actions that constitute the ritual are considered effective, independently of other causes and conditions, even in situations in which causes and conditions are unfavorable. The careful pronunciation … Continue reading

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Emotions

We develop habitual tendencies through one or more lifetimes, predisposing us to manifest a habitual state of mind. With these tendencies established, we perceive an individual person, an object, or situation, and immediately generate a pleasant, unpleasant, or indifferent feeling … Continue reading

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