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Buddhism

Going beyond our prisons

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Everything which we see and everyone we relate to, we relate to from this tight box of our very limited judgements, prejudices, ideas, conceptions. It’s like we’re in a very small prison cell, dungeon really. And so we begin to start a new kind of direction in our lives … but the important thing is not to end up going from one prison cell into another prison cell. Even if the new prison cell has nice decoration on the wall and burns incense. It’s still a prison cell. And always the question is how to go beyond the prison, how to get out, how to be liberated.

– Tenzin Palmo

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Antidotes

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Contemplation of the impurity of the body overcomes lust;

loving-kindness overcomes malice;

mindfulness of breath cuts off discursive thinking;

the perception of impermanence removes the conceit “I am.”

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Udana


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Health is the greatest gift, a liberated mind the greatest bliss

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Anger

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What is anger? It is a vindictive attitude towards sentient beings, towards frustration, and towards that which gives rise to frustration.

Its function is to serve as a basis for faultfinding and for never attaining even a moment of happiness.

Arya Asanga


Holy words and knowledge

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Noble Eightfold Path

There are these two extremes that are not to be indulged in by one who has gone forth. Which two? That which is devoted to sensual pleasure with reference to sensual objects: base, vulgar, common, ignoble, unprofitable; and that which is devoted to self-affliction: painful, ignoble, unprofitable. Avoiding both of these extremes, the middle way realized by the Tathagata — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding.

And what is the middle way realized by the Tathagata that — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding? Precisely this Noble Eightfold Path: right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. This is the middle way realized by the Tathagata that — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding.

– Buddha


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Friends, Relatives, Allies

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Eight Auspicious Symbols v1_1 300dpiThose who accomplish difficult tasks,

give up what is difficult to give up,

and tolerate what is difficult to bear;

who accept what is difficult to accept;

who turn you away from what is inappropriate,

and take care to turn you toward what is appropriate;

whose commitment supports your intentions;

who desire your happiness and regard you with affection

—these are friends, relatives, and allies.

Others who follow you only in their own interest

are nothing but very ordinary beings.

Matriceta


Projections

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Nov 7, 2018

architecture-art-buddha-1042205Everything in the world is an illusion. To see things like this is to see them as they really are. To see otherwise is to see them as they are not, to engage in projection, and to become attached to phenomena.

Perceiving an image in a mirror, a reflection in water, a figure in the moonlight, a shadow on a wall, or an echo in a valley, people attached to their own projections cling to phenomena and non-phenomena. Unable to abandon them, they continue to engage in projection and fail to attain tranquility.

—Buddha Sakyamuni, Lankavatara Sutra


Anger, patience, and 100 days of sorrow

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