Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Four Thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma

TheĀ Four thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma are: 1. Precious Human Birth 2. Impermanence and Death 3. Karma (Cause and Effect) 4. Cyclic Suffering (Samsara) Advertisements

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OBEY the nature of things…

“OBEY the nature of things and you will walk freely and undisturbed.” –Verses of the Faith Mind, Chien-Chih Seng-Ts’an

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As a result of your continuous meditation

“As a result of your continuous meditation and contemplation, your feeling of compassion toward other sentient beings will become as intense as the love of a mother toward her only child when she sees him or her suffering from an … Continue reading

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All things we want to get good at take practice

All things we want to get good at take practice. Whether we are learning to ride a bike, to play an instrument, a new language, a sport, a craft…to becoming a doctor, a lawyer etc. The same is true for … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
There are Three Pillars of Health that pervade, interpenetrate, and integrate the subtle and gross bodies. Although we speak of them as three separate principles, they are in essence three expressions of one life-sustaining…

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The point is…

“The point is that we are not all trying to become Tibetans or Japanese. What we are trying to do it become better people. So without any of the Buddhist jargon, if you are becoming a kinder, more thoughtful, more … Continue reading

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We are not ‘made’ to eat animal flesh

The more I study Buddhism, the more amazed I am at my own ignorance. One area is around the consumption of animals. I have most of my life considered animals to be ‘food’ for humans. I never liked eating or … Continue reading

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Projections bring about the powerful emotional interaction

“Projections bring about the powerful emotional interaction between external objects and ourselves; people or things we desire. For example, when we are attracted by something, we tend to exaggerate its qualities, seeing it as one hundred percent good or one … Continue reading

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The spiritual path is not about being ‘perfect’…

The spiritual path is not about being ‘perfect’ or striving for someone else’s approval. It is about using skillful means to go about our lives, so to avoid as much suffering as possible. It is about walking a middle path … Continue reading

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The mind is not the brain

Most people, especially in the west, equate the mind with the brain. The mind is not the brain. The brain is an organ that the mind uses, just like it uses all the other organs of the body. The mind … Continue reading

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