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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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One mind

The mind is originally perfect and bright, but it is scattered into myriad branches, losing the perfection and dimming the light of its wisdom in adverse conditions of craving.   The purpose of meditation lies in attaining the power of spiritual … Continue reading

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In this and future lives

If anyone says that we must reap in this life according to our present deeds, in that case there is no spiritual cultivation, nor is an opportunity afforded for the entire extinction of sorrow.   But if anyone says that what … Continue reading

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Saga Dawa 2012

Saga Dawa is the entire fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, which this year begins on May 20 and ends on June 19. The Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and release into nirvana are observed together on the 15th day of … Continue reading

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Natural Perfection

Perfection is the fundamental quality, true nature, or essential character of all sentient beings. It is described as unconditioned, boundless, nurturing, and sustaining: true purity, true self, true happiness, and true permanence. It is indiscernible to worldly vision as a … Continue reading

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Samaya

Samaya (Skt. for agreement, contract) is established by accepting initiation or empowerment. It is a close bond or reciprocal commitment between the Lama, on behalf of the lineage, and the practitioner. There are various types and degrees of samaya, but … 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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