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Happiness Now and Hereafter

Dighajanu approached the Buddha Shakyamuni: “Venerable Sir, I am an ordinary man, leading the family life with wife and children. Would the Blessed One teach me that which will bring happiness in this world and hereafter?”  The Buddha replied that … Continue reading

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Four Strategies

All of us come to the Dharma with various degrees of wrong views, previous tendencies and conditioning, false identities, afflicted emotions, and extremely sensitive egos. It takes time and effort to leave them behind, or at least transform them sufficiently … Continue reading

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Great Delusion

Those who have great realization of delusion are Buddhas. Those who are greatly deluded about realization are sentient beings. —Dogen Zenji, Shobogenzo  We are all foolish beings (prithagjnana= lacking wisdom). The sincere mind is the true understanding that even though … Continue reading

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The most

There is no ornament like virtue. There is no misery like worry. There is no defense like patience. There is no friend like generosity.  —Nagarjuna, The Staff of Wisdom

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Five Fears

Bodhisattvas overcome five fears through the practice of generosity: the fear of loss of life, the fear of loss of control of the mind, the fear of loss of reputation, the fear of loss of livelihood, and the fear of … Continue reading

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The best friend

Knowing that possessions are ephemeral and devoid of essence, practice generosity with respect toward monks, teachers, the destitute, and relatives. For the next life, there is no better friend than what one has given.  —Arya Nagarjuna, Letter to a Friend

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Singleness of mind

Buddha-nature is great singleness of mind. Why? Because through singleness of mind the Bodhisattva-Mahasattva acquires all the perfections, from generosity to wisdom. All sentient beings will without fail ultimately realize great singleness of mind. Therefore it is taught, “All sentient … Continue reading

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A favorite

A Song on the Six Perfections   For generosity, nothing to do Other than cease fixating on self.   For morality, nothing to do Other than cease being dishonest.   For patience, nothing to do Other than not fear what … 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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“Taking one for the team”

There has been much talk of loyalty, famously described by a US presidential pre-candidate in a recent debate as the willingness to ‘take one for the team’, even when such actions are contrary to one’s principles and harmful to others.   … Continue reading

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