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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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The Buddha came to help us wake up

The Buddha did not come to this world to make us feel comfortable – he came to help us wake up. Wake up to the reality of samsara. To help us see that the only way for us to attain … Continue reading

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Nothing to do, Other than…

I have read and contemplated this ‘song’ by Milarepa many times, but something stood out so clearly when my teacher reminded me of it the other night: …nothing to do, Other than cease fixating on self. It is funny how … Continue reading

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Never give up on anyone…

“However, whatever your own path is, wherever it takes you, there is one instruction you should protect and always carry with you: Never give up on anyone. Even if you can’t help someone now, don’t abandon him or her mentally, … Continue reading

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The Buddha is someone on whom we can rely when our own reason fails

“The Buddha’s loving kindness is unconditional and universal. His sole mission is to help sentient beings in whatever way is useful. In addition to his universal compassion, the Buddha is endowed with the wisdom directly apprehending emptiness. These attributes of … Continue reading

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“Relax into Perfection”

“Relax Into Perfection” is an expression that my teacher used to say to me from the very beginning. I have those words written on a card that has been on my altar now for over four years, and today they … Continue reading

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When we talk about gaining the perfect wisdom of a Buddha…

When we talk about gaining the perfect wisdom of a Buddha, we should not think that we need to create qualities in ourselves that are not there already, and acquire them from somewhere outside of us. Rather, we should see … Continue reading

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Great wisdom and compassion are the chief qualities of a Buddha

Great wisdom and compassion are the chief qualities of a Buddha. Even in worldly terms, the more intelligent and knowledgeable a person is, the more the person commands respect. Similarly, the more compassionate, kind, and gentle a person, the more … Continue reading

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The Buddha said…

The Buddha said: “Don’t believe something because I say it…test it against your reason and your experience. If it works for you, adopt it! If it doesn’t, leave it aside…”

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Natural environments sustains the life of all beings universally

“Natural environments sustains the life of all beings universally. Trees are referred to in accounts of the principal event’s in Buddha’s life. His mother leaned against a tree for support as she gave birth to him. He attained enlightenment seated … Continue reading

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