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Daily Drama

Purifying the mind is not a mystical process. It is nothing more than letting go of the false view of self. That is the cause of suffering: looking at this name and form (nama-rupa, mind and body) and taking it … Continue reading

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Who or what is reborn?

Buddhism teaches us that the concept of ‘I’ is just that —a notion without a true basis, lacking permanence and substance, an emptiness. That which we believe ourselves to be is a conceptual elaboration, imputed upon the five aggregates of … Continue reading

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The Three Natures

The three natures are the imaginary, the dependent, and the perfected. Whatever is grasped by mental designation is the imaginary nature. Non-entities and the appearances of objects arising in the mind are imaginary. The relationship between name and object, such … Continue reading

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Emotions are OURS

We develop habitual tendencies through one or more lifetimes, predisposing us to manifest a habitual state of mind. With these tendencies established, we perceive an individual person, an object, or situation, and immediately generate a pleasant, unpleasant, or indifferent feeling … Continue reading

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Mistakes

We can learn from all actions, positive, neutral, and negative, if we remain mindful —that is, if we observe dispassionately the mental processes that led us to them, their actual performance, and the consequences that ensue.  The key word is … 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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The Concise Heart Sutra

Form is emptiness; emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form also is not other than emptiness. Sensation, perception, volition, and consciousness are empty. All phenomena are merely empty, having no characteristics. They are not produced and do … Continue reading

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