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Cultivating the Mind of Enlightenment

I bow to the Lord of Compassion!  In contact with the objects of the senses, my karmic seeds, impressions, and formations produce paired feelings and emotions: attachment for the pleasant, aversion for the unpleasant, indifference for others— bless me to … Continue reading

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In the Present and the Future

If sentient beings are mindful of Amideva and recite his Holy Name, without fail they will see the Buddha in their present and their future lives.  —Sutra of the Samadhi of Heroic Advance

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Aloneness and loneliness

Being alone can be wonderful, but not if we feel lonely. Especially during the holidays, we can feel isolated and unloved, ignored and unimportant. It can feel as if the flow of social intercourse has passed us by —or worse, … Continue reading

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Amideva Sutra, 2nd section

“Also, Shariputra, in Amideva’s Land of Ultimate Bliss, there is always heavenly music playing. Moreover, the ground is made of gold, and flower petals float down from the skies six times every day. Early every morning, the inhabitants gather the … Continue reading

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Test the Dharma

Without melting, beating, weighing and polishing a yellow metal, one should not take it for gold. Likewise, without analysis one should not accept the Dharma as valid. —Buddha Shakyamuni

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Smash the citadel of doubt

Whether you are going or staying or sitting or lying down, the whole world is your own self. You must find out whether the mountains, rivers, grass, and forests exist in your own mind or exist outside it.  Analyze the … Continue reading

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The present is sufficient

They sorrow not for what is past, they have no longing for the future, the present is sufficient for them:   hence it is they appear so radiant.    —Shakyamuni Buddha, Samyutta Nikaya

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