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Don’t Matter

Your beliefs don’t make you a better person; your good behavior does. Your mind training doesn’t matter when you don’t have compassion. Your meditation doesn’t matter when you don’t see your own faults. Dharma practice doesn’t matter when you don’t … Continue reading

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Cultivate the Four Immeasurables

Cultivate the Four Immeasurables of equanimity, love, compassion, and rejoicing by progressing through four levels of commitment: reflect on how wonderful it would be if all beings without exception (equanimity) were to be happy (love), free of suffering (compassion), and … 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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Equanimity

Equanimity is regarding all beings —without exception— with compassion, loving kindness, and empathic joy. rejoicing in the merit (good fortune) of those we like is extended selfishness feeling compassion and kindness toward those we like is reciprocation for favor received … Continue reading

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The most direct and complete

The Buddhas feel compassion for the multitudes of deluded sentient beings, and put forth transformative teachings according to their various potentials. Although these teachings all derive from the same source, many different expedient methods are employed.  Among all these expedients, … Continue reading

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Killing in Our Name

Everyone fears punishment; everyone fears death, just as you do. Therefore do not kill or cause to kill. Everyone fears punishment; everyone loves life, as you do. Therefore do not kill or cause to kill.  Him I call superior who … Continue reading

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Managing Afflicted Emotions

When we experience afflicted emotions, we can manage them in one or more of the following ways, according to our innate tendencies, capacity, and level of spiritual development. Whenever there is doubt as to which may be appropriate, apply renunciation … Continue reading

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