Category Archives: Dharma

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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Neither Scapegoats Nor Sacrificial Lambs

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
Karma purification takes two main forms: applying the 4 Rs (Regret, Reliance, Resolve, and Reparation) to those previous acts that have not yet ripened, and enduring with patience the consequences of previous acts that are already ripening. We…

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Sparks and Drops

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
Do not disregard small negative acts, thinking they are harmless, because even a small spark can set fire to a mountain of hay. Do not disregard small positive acts, thinking they are without benefit,…

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Pure Mind

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
Once free from wrong views and afflicted emotions, the essence of pure mind is emptiness, the nature of pure mind is clarity, and the manifestation of pure mind is compassion. ―Kyabje Tashi Norbu Rinpoche

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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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Practical Instruction

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
We often hear the Buddha’s brilliant summary of the Path: “Avoid harm. Do good. Purify the mind.” This is eminently practical advice. At every moment, in every circumstance, if we can ask these questions, we…

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Diamond In the Mud

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
101.7 carat – World’s largest flawless diamond A diamond has a certain weight, brilliance, color, and cut.  If we put the diamond having all those qualities in a bucket of mud, do the carats,…

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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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