Monthly Archives: May 2013

It is essential…

“It is essential to generate a good attitude and a good heart as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short-term and the long-term for both yourself and others will come.” — Insights from the Dalai Lama Advertisements

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The Great Middle Way

The Great Middle Way is not the middle path between two extremes. It is a path beyond extremes. Two extremes always touch, but it is not like you ‘pass’ through the middle; you flip from one extreme to the other. … Continue reading

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My One-Day Ordination

Reflections… I did a One-Day Ordination this past Saturday. I took 8 monastic vows, which is nothing compared to what nuns and monks take which are in the 2-300’s… We had 3 practice sessions throughout the day during the retreat … Continue reading

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Bless me to keep these three inseparable!

Body, speech, and mind centered and aligned; study, contemplation, meditation; right thought, right speech, right conduct–Bless me to keep these three inseparable!” — except from a Jonang Mind Training Prayer

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We are all connected

As I start my day and see the result of my multi-tasking yesterday (a big blister on my thumb from steam, from boiling water dry on the stove and trying to remove my steamer basket with vegetables, and the resulting … Continue reading

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The Great Reversal

“Putting others first–it’s the great switch that changes everything. It cuts samsara at the root and plants the seed of enlightenment.” — Sakyong Mipham

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The mind

“The mind has no color, no shape, no weight, no inside, no outside, no origin, and no cessation–bless me to examine this unborn awareness.” — excerpt from a Jonang Mind Training Prayer

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Seasonal Adaptations

“Exploring seasonal adaptation requires that we understand various seasonal cycles: The Life-Stage Cycle The Four Quarters of Growth, Production, Decline, and Termination ▪   Growth: Ojas Predominates ▪   Production: Agni Predominates ▪   Decline: Prana-Agni Predominates ▪   Termination: Prana Predominates The Yearly … Continue reading

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Gratitude and Effort

Gratitude = Wisdom Effort = Compassion

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To know the self is to forget the self

“To know the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things.” — Zen master Dogen

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