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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!

Freedom

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
Just as in the great ocean there is but one taste: the taste of salt, so in the discipline of the Dharma there is but one taste: the taste of freedom. —Buddha Shakyamuni

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Real Mindfulness

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
Mindfulness has become fashionable as a technique to combat stress, increase efficiency, and “live in the moment”. But, what did the Buddha Shakyamuni say about Right Mindfulness? One is mindful to abandon wrong view…

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Remembering Dolpopa

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
May I teach the Dharma in all my lifetimes. If unable to teach the Dharma, may I bear the great responsibility of upholding it. If unable to uphold the Dharma, may I stand watch…

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Let Go

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
All persons have different levels of capacity, maturity, training, skill, and experience.  In addition, we have particular family backgrounds, cultures, personalities, idiosyncrasies, tendencies, dominant afflicted emotions, communication styles, and many other characteristics. In short,…

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Happy Saga Dawa Düchen!

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
Saga Dawa Düchen, the ‘Festival of Vaishakha’, is one of four major Buddhist holidays. It occurs on the full moon of the fourth Tibetan lunar month, which is called Saga Dawa. It celebrates Buddha…

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Freedom and Responsibility

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
To be free, in the worldly and the spiritual sense, it is essential to accept full responsibility for our thoughts, words, and deeds; recognize that it is impossible to avoid the consequences of our…

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Heart Advice

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
Relinquishing ‘me’ is ceasing to want to be this and that. Relinquishing ‘mine’ is ceasing to want to have this and that. In samsara, nothing is worth being; nothing is worth having. ? When…

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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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Right Effort

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
And what is Right Effort? There is the case where one generates desire, endeavors, activates persistence, upholds and exerts one’s intent for the sake of the non-arising of unwholesome, unskillful qualities that have not…

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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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