Tag Archives: skillful means

Leave one, take one

Conduct, as everything else in nature, abhors a vacuum. When we abandon an unskillful habit, we must cultivate a positive one. Otherwise, from our trove of accumulated karmic tendencies, another habit –similar in quality– will replace the one we’ve just … Continue reading

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“Higher” Practices

There is so much superstition woven around the misunderstood practices of higher yoga tantra, so much ‘twilight language’ (symbolic expression) taken literally, that the simple message is lost and confused.  Because Buddha Essence is our nature, all we need for … Continue reading

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Three Obstacles

There are three obstacles that stand in the way of enlightenment. They can be removed by dedicating our merit to the welfare of others.  The first obstacle is grasping at the false self. This is removed by means of non-dual … Continue reading

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10 Original Bodhisattva Vows

The Bodhisattva feels the awakening of a great heart of compassion and utters the ten original vows: to honor and serve the Buddhas; to share the teachings and practice of the Dharma; to welcome all future Buddhas; to practice the … Continue reading

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The Moon on the Branch

If we are unable to find the moon in the night sky, a kind friend may point out a tree in our immediate field of vision, and singling out a particular branch, guide us to see “the moon on the … Continue reading

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Skill and experience

Buddha Shakyamuni lived the life of a worldly prince, then went to the forest and practiced rigorous asceticism, before his enlightenment. He thus spoke authoritatively about extreme views and behaviors that do not and cannot secure happiness.  All the Buddhas … Continue reading

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Skillful means

Skillful means are developed in practice. Only time can refine means. Knowledge is necessary, but insufficient. Application is always an art. Enthusiasm is good; sustained effort is better.   If you do not act to help sentient beings, you will … Continue reading

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