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The Absolute Mind of Enlightenment

I bow to the Lord of Compassion.   In sleep, the six spheres of thought, sound, touch, sight, taste, and smell seem real. This same mind views the world by day— bless me to regard all phenomena as dreams.   … Continue reading

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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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Four Strategies

All of us come to the Dharma with various degrees of wrong views, previous tendencies and conditioning, false identities, afflicted emotions, and extremely sensitive egos. It takes time and effort to leave them behind, or at least transform them sufficiently … Continue reading

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Blame

A friend recently came across the statement that in order to forgive, we must first assign blame. The author went on to say that it is essential for understanding and working with the law of karma that we stop blaming … Continue reading

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Two Problems, Four Obstacles, One Solution

We only have two basic problems: wrong views and afflicted emotions. Wrong views prevent us from seeing reality as it is, and afflicted emotions generate unending suffering.   We ascribe solidity, independence, and permanence to what is insubstantial, dependent and impermanent, … Continue reading

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4th Bodhisattva Vow

As a disciple of the Buddha, I must not use false words and speech, or encourage others to lie or lie by expedient means. I must not involve myself in the causes, conditions, methods, or karma of lying, saying that … Continue reading

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Eight Fears

E MA HO  In the naturally manifest Realm of Turquoise Petals, Dwells the noble savior, compassionate Jetsun Tara.  To you, Tara, I pray: Fill my mind with your blessings! Free me from the turmoil of the eight fears*!  * pride, … Continue reading

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Two kinds of doubt

There are two kinds of doubt:  doubts leading to confusion, and doubts leading to clarity.   Doubts leading to confusion are thoughts that deny the reality of cause and effect (karma), rebirth, and the Three Jewels (including the salvific activities and … 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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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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