Tag Archives: vows

Happy New Now!

There are no auspicious or inauspicious days. It is only our thoughts, words, and deeds that make them so. Each moment is a perfect opportunity; each day is entirely new. Whatever date the calendar may say it is, it is … Continue reading

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Mantra ATM

The Buddha utilized various similes to illustrate his teachings. While these images were appropriate and instructive in his time and place, modern urban Westerners are often at a loss to understand them.   For example, the Buddha Shakyamuni says that the … Continue reading

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In this Dharma-ending Age

Buddha Shakyamuni preached for 45 years in this world. In that time, he was asked the same questions repeatedly, and he patiently answered them according to the capacity, maturity, and disposition of the questioners.  In the conventional sense, there is … Continue reading

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Karma, or vows?

Ordinary beings live under the sway of karma. Bodhisattvas live directed by their vows.  Suffering beings are numberless. I vow to rescue them. Delusions are inexhaustible. I vow to end them. Dharma gates are boundless. I vow to open them … Continue reading

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Monk for a day

Great merit can be accumulated by taking and observing these One-day Mahayana Precepts for any 24-hour period. The vows can be taken at your own home altar, in a temple, or simply after invoking the presence of the Buddha. Avoid … Continue reading

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