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Three Obstacles

There are three obstacles that stand in the way of enlightenment. They can be removed by dedicating our merit to the welfare of others.  The first obstacle is grasping at the false self. This is removed by means of non-dual … Continue reading

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Amideva Sutra, 3rd section

“Shariputra, why do you suppose this Buddha Amideva is (also) called Amitabha? Shariputra, this Buddha emits immeasurable light, shedding light upon all the worlds of the ten directions without obstruction. For that reason this Buddha is called Amitabha, the Buddha … Continue reading

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In the Presence of the Light

Some persons understand Pure Land practice as a dispensation for inferior beings who cannot tread the more excellent and difficult Holy Path of the Sages, whether in its Theravada or Mahayana iterations.   On the contrary, the arduous Path of the … Continue reading

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To a Christian Friend

For all persons entering the teachings of the Buddha, Buddha Dharma, Refuge is a necessary sacrament, but the outward ritual —while it can be helpful to our minds— is only a confirmation of an inner disposition to learn and practice … Continue reading

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Discernment

Discernment is the ability to distinguish what is to be abandoned and what is to be adopted. It is a result of studying, contemplating, and rightly understanding the nature of reality.   Discernment has three aspects: common discernment: understanding suffering, the … Continue reading

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Proven Meditation Effects

Meditation helps to: Overcome stress (University of Massachusetts Medical School) Boost your creativity (ScienceDaily) Cultivate healthy nutritional habits (Journal Emotion) Improve digestion and normalize blood pressure (Harvard Medical School) Decrease your risk of heart attack (The Stroke Journal) Help overcome … Continue reading

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Peace and clarity on Saga Dawa Duchen!

Saga Dawa Duchen, observed today, is one of the four great festival days in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, commemorating Buddha Shakyamuni’s appearance, enlightenment, and disappearance from this world (parinirvana), after 45 years of preaching the Dharma.   Summarizing his teaching, Buddha … Continue reading

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Saga Dawa 2012

Saga Dawa is the entire fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, which this year begins on May 20 and ends on June 19. The Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and release into nirvana are observed together on the 15th day of … Continue reading

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Enlightenment

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, The moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole … 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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