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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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Forms of Compassion

If there are sentient beings who need someone in the form of a Buddha in order to be liberated, Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara, Kwan Yin, Kannon) immediately manifests as a Buddha and speaks the Dharma for them. If they need someone in … Continue reading

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Birth, Disease, Aging, and Death

Our society has progressively exiled the four defining moments of our life experience: birth, disease, aging, and death.  We are born, are ill, and die mostly in hospitals, and the old live in institutional ‘homes’ or artificial aging communities, separated … Continue reading

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Merry

As we celebrate the birth of the Great Bodhisattva Jesus, I wish all my friends peace and clarity. May his words of love and compassion take root in our hearts!  I am grateful for your company on this page during … Continue reading

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Injustice and Solidarity

The Dharma teaches us that all situations, both positive and negative, arise as a consequence of karma, whether individual or collective. From this perspective, there is no injustice.   This does not mean that we justify violence and the oppression of … 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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Different forms

The potentials and circumstances of sentient beings differ, and so different forms of the Buddhist Teaching have been devised, some open, some closed, utilizing all sorts of terminology. The Dharma is expressed effectively to all sentient beings according to what … Continue reading

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