Tag Archives: avoid harm

Mind Training: 1. Preliminaries

I bow to the Lord of Compassion.   My human life with all its freedoms, extremely rare, difficult to repeat— bless me with zeal, all day and night, to seize this opportunity.   My fragile body, like a water bubble, … Continue reading

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Children and White-haired Men

Bai Juyi (772-846 CE) was an important poet and government officer during the Tang Dynasty in China. He once asked a Buddhist monk for the most essential Dharma instruction, and the monk replied by quoting the Buddha’s summary teaching, “Avoid harm. … Continue reading

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Peace and clarity on Saga Dawa Duchen!

Saga Dawa Duchen, observed today, is one of the four great festival days in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, commemorating Buddha Shakyamuni’s appearance, enlightenment, and disappearance from this world (parinirvana), after 45 years of preaching the Dharma.   Summarizing his teaching, Buddha … Continue reading

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