All Comes By Itself

15095487_927241997375276_676859992233458410_nHappiness is not to be found with many efforts or will,

but is here, nearby, in your relaxing and surrendering.

Don’t worry, there is nothing to be done.

 

Everything that comes up to your mind

has no importance because it has no reality.

Don’t conceive any attachment for it.

 

Don’t judge yourself.

Let it be.

Let it come up and down, without changing a thing.

It all vanishes and begins again, endlessly.

 

Nothing but the quest for happiness

prevents us from seeing it.

It is like a rainbow that one is always chasing

without ever reaching it.

 

It is because it has no existence.

It has always been here and goes with you all the time.

 

Don’t believe in the reality of experiences, good or bad.

They are like rainbows.

Because we want to grasp what is not to be grasped,

We exhaust our strength in vain.

 

As soon as we relinquish our hold,

space is here, open, welcoming and comfortable.

So, do enjoy it.

Everything is yours already.

 

Stop searching.

Don’t go into the jungle to look for the elephant

that is quietly waiting for you at home.

 

There is nothing to do.

There is nothing to force.

There is nothing to desire.

 

And all comes by itself.

 

—Lama Gendun Rinpoche

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PEACE

F93Having abandoned the taking of life,

refraining from the taking of life,

one dwells without violence,

with the knife laid down, scrupulous, full of mercy,

trembling with compassion for all sentient beings.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

 

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om mani peme hum

jf_dolpopa_lineage field_01Buddha of the Three Times, my precious Lama, Primordial Holder of the Peacock Throne, Victory Banner of Wisdom of the Great Middle Way, Omniscient Jonangpa, please look upon me with compassion!

May I know all appearances are vanity. May I know that I dream while dreaming. May I know that I die while dying. According to Your Promise, may I be born with You in Dewachen.

All notions of self and phenomenon, subject and object, grasper and grasped are mere transformations of consciousness only. By this truth, may all sentient beings everywhere hear the Holy Name, awaken to the Boundless Radiance, and spontaneously arise in Dewachen. 

May these pure wishes be fulfilled through the Truth of the Three Jewels; the great might of Your Promise; the blessings of the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion; the tireless activity of the Protector, the Mother of Clear Light; our vigorous prayers of definitive aspiration; and the virtue of all holy and ordinary beings. 

om mani peme hum

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True Equality

 

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Women, Ananda, having gone forth

are able to realize the fruit of stream-entry,

or the fruit of once-returning,

or the fruit of non-returning,

or complete enlightenment.

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What does gender matter at all,

when the mind is concentrated well,

when knowledge flows on steadily

as one sees correctly into the Dharma?

 

One to whom it might occur,

“I am a woman” or “I am a man”

or “I’m anything at all” is deceived.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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It Can Be Done!

12507320_992047840865189_7418650224597169250_nAbandon wrongdoing. It can be done. If there were no likelihood, I would not ask you to do it.

But since it is possible and brings about blessings and happiness, I do ask you to abandon wrongdoing.

Cultivate doing good. It can be done. If it brought deprivation and sorrow, I would not ask you to do it.

But since it brings blessings and happiness, I do ask you: Cultivate doing good.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Angutara Nikaya

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Enemies

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If I do not conquer my own hatred,
the more I fight outer enemies, the more they will increase.

Therefore, with the powers of loving-kindness and compassion,

to tame my own mind is the practice of a Bodhisattva.

-Tokme Zangpo

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LOSAR TASHI DELEK

imagesHAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR!

“There are no auspicious days. It is us that make them so.”

—Buddha Shakyamuni

A new moment arises at every instant, and yet, conventionally we observe the beginning of a new year on this day.

Although there is ultimately no intrinsic special significance to any particular date, this Lunar New Year observance represents an opportunity to re-dedicate ourselves to the practice of loving kindness and compassion.

Let us make this day auspicious!

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