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Revisiting Patience

The Buddha Shakyamuni said that “patience is the greatest austerity.” This was a significant departure from the norm in ancient India, where people practiced severe austerities in the hope of spiritual attainment. When the Buddha says that patience is the greatest … Continue reading

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“Taking one for the team”

There has been much talk of loyalty, famously described by a US presidential pre-candidate in a recent debate as the willingness to ‘take one for the team’, even when such actions are contrary to one’s principles and harmful to others.   … Continue reading

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Seven Causal Links of Enlightenment

Perfect enlightenment arises from the awakening mind (bodhichitta). Awakening mind arises from a pure and excellent aspiration. Pure aspiration arises from great compassion. Great compassion arises from great love. Great love arises from affection for sentient beings. Affection for sentient … Continue reading

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Meditation on the luminous Empty Forms

Vajra (Tib. dorje; thunderbolt, lightning) Meditation is a stilled and peaceful state of mind, without any obstacles to concentration, settled single-pointedly on one object. Vajra Meditation has the associated mental factor of physical and mental pliability (Tib. shin jang), which … Continue reading

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