Tag Archives: dependent

Utilizing Adversity

I bow to the Lord of Compassion!   When food and drink are ample and my bedding dry, it is easier to practice, but less urgent. As this world is tainted with the five corruptions[1], may I swiftly develop the … Continue reading

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Daily Drama

Purifying the mind is not a mystical process. It is nothing more than letting go of the false view of self. That is the cause of suffering: looking at this name and form (nama-rupa, mind and body) and taking it … Continue reading

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Two Problems, Four Obstacles, One Solution

We only have two basic problems: wrong views and afflicted emotions. Wrong views prevent us from seeing reality as it is, and afflicted emotions generate unending suffering.   We ascribe solidity, independence, and permanence to what is insubstantial, dependent and impermanent, … Continue reading

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Baffled by “The Five Aggregates”?

When studying the Dharma, we often come across terminology that may initially baffle us. However, what is most often required is that we translate and define the terms in ways that are accessible to our understanding.  One such difficult term … Continue reading

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The Fourfold Negation & the Perfection of Wisdom

The chatuskoti, or the Fourfold Negation (NOT THIS: NOT THAT: NOT BOTH: NOT NEITHER) is a principal tool in Buddhist contemplation and analytic meditation. Repeatedly enunciated by the Master Nagarjuna, it is the systematic application of analysis for the deconstruction … Continue reading

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