No Greater Non-Virtue

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When we eat meat, we are harming animals,

and when we are harming animals,

there is no greater non-virtue than this.

—HH Sakya Gongma Trichen, Saga Dawa Message

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Not An Adornment

Related imageOur fundamental nature is intrinsic. No sane, intelligent human being is impeded from being in touch with this basic nature. There is no one standing between us and it, no one is appearing like a mara to perform dances of distraction.

At any given moment, each one of us —even with no understanding of Buddhism— has the natural potential to realize we are completely and inseparably united with our intrinsic wisdom nature. We have never been separate from it for a moment. It is not a sometimes-there-sometimes-not quality, or an adornment that’s been attached or added on to us.

—Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche

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Mental States

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We practice being able to stand back to see the thoughts, memories, feelings, and emotions as merely thoughts, memories, and feelings as merely mental states, and not something solid or real.

“Me” and “mine” are just mental states.

—Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

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Health & Longevity

Related imageHaving freed a being led to the slaughterhouse, that being’s life is thus benefited. By completely abandoning harming beings, we will obtain longevity ourselves.

Being a healer, nursing the sick, and giving medicine —by engaging in deeds such as these, and by abandoning harming with stones and sticks— we will be free of illness.

—Vasubandhu

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Ideal

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Buddhist meditation doesn’t necessarily mean sitting cross-legged with your eyes closed.

Simply observing how your mind is responding to the sense world can be a really ideal meditation and bring a perfect result.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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Doubts

Related imageUncertainty about what is wholesome and unwholesome is called skeptical doubt. It is considered a hindrance to liberation as it obstructs the arising of discriminating knowledge.

A person who has doubts about the wholesomeness and unwholesomeness of phenomena is unable to abandon what is unwholesome, develop what is wholesome, and escape the cycle of suffering.

—Mahasi Sayadaw

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Both Bite

59778783_10215877478864019_5240599084603015168_nEven though you may experience some peace when you sit in meditation, don’t be in a hurry to congratulate yourself. Likewise, if there is some confusion, don’t blame yourself.

If things seem to be good, don’t delight in them, and if they’re not good don’t be averse to them. Just look at it all; look at what you have. Just look, don’t bother judging.

If it’s good, don’t hold fast to it; if it’s bad, don’t cling to it. Good and bad can both bite, so don’t hold fast to them.

—Ajahn Chah

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