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The essence of spiritual practice

I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have the right attitude toward others, based on kindness, compassion, love, and respect. Practice brings the clear realization … Continue reading

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Medicine Buddha (Healing Buddha) sand mandala

The monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are here in Dallas again making another magnificent sand mandala. This spiritual art form is amazing to experience in person. It takes years of instruction and practice for the monks to learn to … 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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If you wish to devote a particular time to spiritual practice…

“If you wish to devote a particular time to more concentrated spiritual practice, it is beneficial to apply early morning to a formal meditation session, as that is when the mind is most alert and clear.” — Insights from the … Continue reading

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In the spiritual field…

In the spiritual field we are content with slight amounts of practice and progress, but materially we always want more and more. It should be the other way around. Everyone needs to practice this, whether lay or monastic. — Insights … Continue reading

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Pleasure and happiness are not the same thing…

Pleasure and happiness are not the same thing. When we do things that give us pleasure, they inevitably lead to pain or suffering. If we eat our favorite food for example, and we keep eating it, it will make us … Continue reading

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The importance of lineage

I find it curious how teachers all over the world are telling us we don’t need a guru. That there is no need for this ‘dated’ belief system. They say that all you need to do is to listen to … Continue reading

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It should be the other way around

In the spiritual field we are content with slight amounts of practice and progress, but materially we always want more and more. It should be the other way around. Everyone needs to practice this, whether lay or monastic. — Insights … Continue reading

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The spiritual path is not about being ‘perfect’…

The spiritual path is not about being ‘perfect’ or striving for someone else’s approval. It is about using skillful means to go about our lives, so to avoid as much suffering as possible. It is about walking a middle path … Continue reading

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Sincere thoughts and prayers

“When we can sincerely generate positive thoughts and prayers for the well being of friends and strangers alike, this is immedieately beneficial and may even prove auspicious beyond our knowing for their spiritual journey as well as our own.” — Dzogchen … Continue reading

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