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Two kinds of doubt

There are two kinds of doubt:  doubts leading to confusion, and doubts leading to clarity.   Doubts leading to confusion are thoughts that deny the reality of cause and effect (karma), rebirth, and the Three Jewels (including the salvific activities and … 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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“I want happiness!”

A man once approached the Buddha and said: “I want happiness!” The Buddha replied:   First, let go the “I” —it is only ego. Then, let go the “want” —it is only attachment. What is left is just “happiness“.  This is … Continue reading

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Finding the False Self

All our misery comes from attachment, aversion, or indifference. These three poisons, in turn, have as their root an incorrect view of the self.   We hold the false self, the “I”, to be true, independent, substantial, and permanent. In the … Continue reading

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Me, mine, and the passions

Afflicting emotions —attachment, aversion, and indifference— have their root in the view of the false personal self (“me”), because there is both positive and negative concomitance between the presence of the view of the false self and the presence of … Continue reading

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