Author Archives: Dawa

About Dawa

I am a student of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Dharma. My intention with this blog is to write down all that I have learned along the way, in hopes that you will also find something to be helpful on your path, should you happen to find me. Love & Light!

Aligning with the highest

I woke up to this glorious Dallas blue sky morning, contemplating “aligning with the highest”…which my teacher always talks about, and defines as “align with ‘your’ highest view — whatever that is, but align with that”… I do love and … Continue reading

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Conditioning and tendencies…

For 24 weeks (and counting) my teacher has been lecturing on a chapter on Patience, from “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva. It always amazes me how he can speak on one or two lines in a text for … Continue reading

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The value of small steps…

“The true value of small steps is often ignored.They involve motion. We go from not doing something to doing it – even in a minimal way. According to the law of physics we go from being a body at rest … Continue reading

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May I be able…

“May I be able to conform to whatever the present moment requires” — Shantideva

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We have to cultivate contentment with what we have

“We have to cultivate contentment with what we have. We really don’t need much. When you know this, the mind settles down. Cultivate generosity. Delight in giving. Learn to live lightly. In this way, we can begin to transform what … Continue reading

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How do we overcome ignorance?

How do we overcome ignorance, by praying to the Buddha? No, by following the path he showed. As he said, “You are your own master.” The Buddha didn’t say, “I’m the Buddha, pray to me.” He taught the Four Noble … Continue reading

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White Tara Mandala

Just back from the Closing Ceremony of the White Tara Mandala at the Crow Collection of Asian Art here in Dallas. Beautiful, and it is such a blessing to have them here every year… Creating…then desecrating….reminding us of impermanence and … Continue reading

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Once we have a firm practice of compassion

Once we have a firm practice of compassion, our state of mind becomes stronger, which leads to inner peace, giving rise to self-confidence, which reduces fear. This makes for constructive members of the community. Self-centeredness, on the other hand, leads … Continue reading

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My intention

As some of you may have noticed, I have not been posting much for quite a while now…I feel a bit like I have been in hibernation, like a bear…and, I guess in many ways I have been. I have … Continue reading

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The wisdom that understands emptiness

“The wisdom that understands emptiness becomes much stronger with the help of concentration. Concentration brings the power of the mind to bear, and to develop concentration, we need the discipline of ethics.” — Insight from the Dalai Lama

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