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Life and death

Base your mind on the Dharma. Base your Dharma on a humble life. Base your humble life on the thought of death. Base your death on a lonely place. —Tibetan Buddhist proverb

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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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How to study the Dharma

When studying the Dharma, we must avoid the three defects:  A pot turned upside down cannot be filled. When we are distracted, unwilling to learn, or preoccupied with other matters, it is not possible to receive the teachings. This mental … Continue reading

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Nothing to do

Whenever we feel compelled, ‘driven’, to do something, anything, we can remember the words of Milarepa. As long as we feel compulsion, even if it is apparently for the Dharma, it is passion. Only when we do the needful, and … Continue reading

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Utter simplicity

The three wheels of Dharma turn upon themselves. They are spirals —as we progress through the various levels of the teaching, we re-view what we have learned, and yet now find ourselves at a different depth. Unencumbered with wrong views … Continue reading

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LOSAR Refuge Ceremony

Yesterday, at the Dallas Meditation Center’s LOSAR celebration, more than 50 Dharma students accepted Refuge for the first time, or renewed their vows! I wish to express my gratitude to the founder and director, Brother ChiSing, and the wonderful DMC … Continue reading

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Expressing and suppressing feelings

I grew up in a time when the expression of emotions was considered healthy and even necessary. Otherwise, we were told, suppression would lead to uncounted mental and physical maladies.    Suppressing emotions —and, for good measure, any and all desires— … Continue reading

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