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Sparks and Drops

Do not disregard small negative acts, thinking they are harmless, because even a small spark can set fire to a mountain of hay. Do not disregard small positive acts, thinking they are without benefit, because even tiny drops of water … Continue reading

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Another senseless tragedy

The violent deaths of 28 sentient beings in Newtown, Connecticut —20 of them children between 6 and 7 years old— has unleashed the usual barrage of lamentation about ‘senseless’ tragedies. We are so inured to violence that we make false … Continue reading

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Injustice and Solidarity

The Dharma teaches us that all situations, both positive and negative, arise as a consequence of karma, whether individual or collective. From this perspective, there is no injustice.   This does not mean that we justify violence and the oppression of … Continue reading

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Guilt and regret

Whenever we become aware of having performed an unskillful act, regret is beneficial and necessary. It is the first of the ‘four powers’ of purification (regret, reliance, resolve, reparation). Regret is defined as the intellectual and emotional realization that negative … Continue reading

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