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New Friends, Old Friends

Many in the West who have gravitated to the Buddha Dharma continue to be embedded in family and social circles identified with the faith tradition of our birth. That identity may range from ethnic or cultural to deeply religious. In … Continue reading

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Prayer for healing and blessing

Just as the soft rains fill the streams, pour into the rivers and join together in the oceans, so may the power of every moment of your goodness flow forth to awaken and heal all beings: those here now, those … Continue reading

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Difficult people

Everywhere we go, not only do we encounter ‘difficult’ people, but we also bring our preconceptions and tendencies to bear on all relationships. This is samsara. It is confusion. All of us, to some extent, are ‘difficult’. It cannot be … Continue reading

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Keep a respectful distance

We wish all sentient beings complete liberation and enlightenment, and seek to assist them as much as we can, but we must recognize our present circumstances, and not place ourselves in situations in which afflicted emotions arise. We are under … Continue reading

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Utter simplicity

The three wheels of Dharma turn upon themselves. They are spirals —as we progress through the various levels of the teaching, we re-view what we have learned, and yet now find ourselves at a different depth. Unencumbered with wrong views … Continue reading

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The present is sufficient

They sorrow not for what is past, they have no longing for the future, the present is sufficient for them:   hence it is they appear so radiant.    —Shakyamuni Buddha, Samyutta Nikaya

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The Ten Paramitas

The term paramita has two etymologies. The first derives it from the word parama, meaning “highest,” “most distant,” and hence, “chief,” “primary,” “most excellent.” Hence, the substantive can be rendered “excellence” or “perfection.” Paramita also means “that which has gone … Continue reading

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