Monthly Archives: June 2014

Samaya Tara

I have had a love/hate relationship with one of the deities in our lineage:  Samaya Tara. She is considered a ‘Protector’ and in our lineage she is said to protect our practice. Tara is also the deity whose mantra you recite for … Continue reading

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Ignorance is the fundamental cause

“Ignorance is the fundamental cause of the painful round and round of cyclic existence.” — Insight from the Dalai Lama

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Moving towards harmony…

As I try to ‘settle’ after my move, and all the changes from the past couple of months, I was reminded of this quote my teacher shared with me some years back: “Balance is a state of equal tension between opposites. … Continue reading

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Find the path that has heart

“When you start to want to live your life fully instead of opting for death, you discover that life itself is inconvenient. Wholeheartedness is a precious gift, but no one can actually give it to you. You have to find … Continue reading

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Empathy

Empathy…is an essential human trait. When we see someone in pain, even a stranger on the street  or a victim of natural disaster we see on television or hear about on the radio, we have an instinctive response to his … Continue reading

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Today is my 5 year anniversary of meeting my teacher

Today is my 5 year anniversary of meeting my teacher: Tashi Nyima… Tashi means ‘Auspicious’ and Nyima means ‘Sun’ – those 2 words says it all… He is the light that guides my path, and a true Teacher. He has more … Continue reading

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Taking refuge…

“Taking refuge is not a passive act of placing ourselves in the hands of a higher power that will do everything for us, as the English word “refuge” might imply. It is an active process of putting a safe, reliable, … Continue reading

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om All is pure as it is. I am pure as I am.

om All is pure as it is. I am pure as I am. om svabhava suddha sarva dharma svabhava suddho’ham For further information on this mantra, see my teacher’s blog: http://greatmiddleway.wordpress.com/…/you-are-pure-as…/

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If you shift your focus

“If you shift your focus from yourself to others, and think more about others’ well-being and welfare, it has an immediate liberating effect.” — Insight from the Dalai Lama

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Learn to cut off the emotions at the root

It still amazes me how many layers of conditioning and old habits I have yet to shed! And, when I think I have things under control – wham – life shows me: Not So! At a lecture this past Sunday, my teacher was speaking of the fundamental problem … Continue reading

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