Identical

31856454-baby-chickOne orders the killing.

One does the killing.

One eats the flesh.

These three unwholesome acts are identical.

—Mending Tsampa Rinpoche

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Light

Skyrim-Torch

Those who see the Way are like someone holding a torch who enters a dark room, dispelling the darkness so that only light remains.

When you study the Way and see the truth, ignorance vanishes, and light remains forever.

Buddha Shakyamuni, Sutra in 42 Sections

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Twelve Aspirations

fudaMay all beings be free from the three types of suffering.

May all beings be free from affective obscurations.

May all beings be free from cognitive obscurations.

May all beings have temporal happiness.

May all beings have permanent happiness.

May all beings have the causes of happiness.

May I rejoice in the virtue of all beings.

May I rejoice in the happiness of all beings.

May I rejoice in the interdependence of all beings.

May I avoid all extremes of view and conduct.

May I avoid elation or dejection over the eight worldly concerns.

May I include all beings in my love, compassion, and rejoicing.

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Plainly

myohenojo2Put plainly, if in your heart you genuinely aspire for the Pure Land and reject this defiled world, you will unfailingly attain birth by just saying the Name without any special concentration. If your aspiration is not authentic, you may clear away a hundred thousand obscurities and grasp the deepest of doctrinal truths, yet attainment of birth will elude you.

In practicing the Buddha Way, continuous effort is crucial. It’s preposterous for people who have once discerned their own capacities and resolved upon the single practice of reciting the Holy Name to change because someone has spoken against it.  —Myohen

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Awareness

719x1000Contemplate heaven and earth, and remember their impermanence.

Contemplate the world, and remember its impermanence.

Contemplate the efficacious, enlightened nature, the Buddha Nature.

With this awareness, one quickly attains the Way.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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Difficulties

48416291_568920446880287_7473486246023528448_nIt is difficult to give when one is poor. It is difficult to study the Way when one has wealth and status. It is difficult to abandon life and face the certainty of death. It is difficult to encounter the Buddhist teachings. It is difficult to be born at the time of a Buddha. It is difficult to tolerate lust and desire. It is difficult to see fine things and not seek them. It is difficult to be insulted and not become angry. It is difficult to have power and not abuse it. It is difficult to meet things and have no thought of them. It is difficult to be vastly learned and well-read. It is difficult to get rid of pride. It is difficult not to slight those who have not yet studied. It is difficult to practice equanimity of mind. It is difficult not to gossip. It is difficult to meet a good and wise advisor. It is difficult to see one’s own nature and study the Way. It is difficult to instruct and rescue others according to their inclinations and potentials. It is difficult to see an afflicted state and not be moved by it. It is difficult to have a good understanding of skillful means.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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Purity, Peace, and Contentment

Ippen_Shonin_(Kyushu_National_Museum)If your mind is harmonious, you can attain the Way.

If you are passionate about the Way,

your passion will tire out your body;

and if your body is tired, your mind will become afflicted.

If your mind becomes afflicted, you will retreat from practice.

If you retreat from practice, your offenses will certainly increase.

You need only cultivate purity, peace, and contentment,

and you will not lose the Way.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Sutra in 42 Sections

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