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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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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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8 Benefits of the Meditation Posture

Stable and comfortable legs restrain jealousy. An elongated spine restrains indifference. The chin slightly tucked in restrains pride. Leveled shoulders restrain anger. The arms loose at the sides of the torso restrain grasping. The hands resting on the lap —right … Continue reading

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Two Problems, Four Obstacles, One Solution

We only have two basic problems: wrong views and afflicted emotions. Wrong views prevent us from seeing reality as it is, and afflicted emotions generate unending suffering.   We ascribe solidity, independence, and permanence to what is insubstantial, dependent and impermanent, … Continue reading

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Owning our emotions

Most people are in the mental habit of considering that emotions come from outside. For example, we say things like “she makes me angry,” “he makes me happy”, “it scares me.”   However, even a very superficial examination is enough to … Continue reading

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Managing Afflicted Emotions

When we experience afflicted emotions, we can manage them in one or more of the following ways, according to our innate tendencies, capacity, and level of spiritual development. Whenever there is doubt as to which may be appropriate, apply renunciation … Continue reading

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The Healing Buddha

Bhaishajya-guru (Bhaishajya-guru-vaidurya-prabha-raja, ‘Supreme Healer and King of Lapis Lazuli Light’), is the Buddha of healing. Commonly referred to as the “Medicine Buddha”, he is described as a doctor who cures suffering with the medicine of his teachings.  In the Bhaiṣajyaguruvaidūryaprabharāja … Continue reading

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