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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 point of training in higher knowledge

The point of training in higher knowledge is not to become a container of facts or a believer in any particular philosophical system. The whole point is to clearly see what is truth and what is illusion in how we … Continue reading

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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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We are all connected

As I start my day and see the result of my multi-tasking yesterday (a big blister on my thumb from steam, from boiling water dry on the stove and trying to remove my steamer basket with vegetables, and the resulting … Continue reading

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There is a definite commensurate relationship between cause and effect

One of the characteristics of karmic theory is that there is a definite commensurate relationship between cause and effect. There is no way that negative actions or unwholesome deeds can result in joy and happiness. Joy and happiness, by definition, … Continue reading

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Desire is compelling and blind

“Desire is compelling and blind. It has the power to intoxicate, to make us enthusiastic at the same time that is diminishes our capacity for clear thinking. I’m sure you know the feeling. The point is that we need to … Continue reading

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When we understand karma

When we understand karma (cause and effect) and that what is happening in our lives is the result of actions we ourselves have taken over innumerable lifetimes, how can we ‘but’ take full responsibility for our lives, and stay mindful … Continue reading

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We live in an orderly Universe

We live in an orderly Universe…The sun comes up in the east and sets in the west. The law of gravity has things falling down, not flying up…All our actions -or non-actions- have specific consequences…Once we understand the law of … Continue reading

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