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For The Benefit Of Others

Bodhisattvas work for the benefit of others in eleven ways: befriending the friendless; counseling the confused; helping the helpless; protecting the fearful; comforting the grieving; sharing with the destitute; mentoring those who seek spiritual guidance; accompanying those traversing the path; … Continue reading

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Living by Karma; Living by Vow

“I didn’t want to think it.” “I didn’t mean to say it.” “I didn’t intend to do it.” How many times have we said these or similar words to ourselves or others? When we entertain unwelcome thoughts, utter words that … Continue reading

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The Residents of the Pure Land

The mind of the disciples, bodhisattvas, devas, and human beings in the Pure Land is clear and far-reaching. Their appearance in body and attire are not to be distinguished one from another. Only because of conformity with convention are the … Continue reading

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As if an only child

Mahamati, wherever there are sentient beings, let us cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are to be loved as if they were our only child, let us refrain from exploiting and killing them.   Bodhisattvas, … Continue reading

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Skilful Means

What is the skilful means of the Bodhisattvas, by which they transfer all merit to others? It consists in five practices: bowing, praising, making vows, contemplating, and dedicating whatever merit and stock of good they have accumulated to all beings.   … Continue reading

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Two kinds of doubt

There are two kinds of doubt:  doubts leading to confusion, and doubts leading to clarity.   Doubts leading to confusion are thoughts that deny the reality of cause and effect (karma), rebirth, and the Three Jewels (including the salvific activities and … Continue reading

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Skill and experience

Buddha Shakyamuni lived the life of a worldly prince, then went to the forest and practiced rigorous asceticism, before his enlightenment. He thus spoke authoritatively about extreme views and behaviors that do not and cannot secure happiness.  All the Buddhas … Continue reading

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