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Better, Higher, Holier

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Aug 21, 2017

847ab54bfa5a7f50146b8f0a223ff198Because all sentient beings have Buddha Nature, all we need for liberation and enlightenment are peace and clarity. Peace is the absence of afflicted emotions; clarity is the empty luminosity of the mind.

Enlightenment is not a supernatural state; it does not make us better, higher, or holier. It is our essential reality. There is no “secret way”, no “most powerful practice”. All practices –“high” and “low”– are simply methods to release afflicted emotions and rest the attention on luminous clarity. They are skillful means.

In truth, they are merely descriptions of what happens spontaneously when we recover our natural state. The “higher practices” are not something “we” do.


Do not be impressed by titles or money

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Evoking the presence of love, let us fill our hearts with our own compassion – towards ourselves and towards all living beings. May all realize that we are of one family, all brothers and sisters, all nourished from the same source of life. May the wisdom of compassion guide us forward, leading all living beings to deeper peace.


Aspiration

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Aug 15, 2017

image002May no living creature suffer, commit evil or ever fall ill.

May no one be afraid or belittled, with a mind weighed by depression.

May the blind see forms and the deaf hear sounds.

May those who are worn with toil be restored on finding repose.

May the naked find clothing and the hungry find food.

May the thirsty find water and delicious drinks.

May the poor find wealth and those weak with sorrow find joy.

May the forlorn find courage, constant happiness and prosperity.

May all who are sick and ill quickly be freed from their ailments.

Whatever illness there is in the world, may it never occur again.

May the frightened cease to be afraid and those bound be freed.

May the powerless find power and may all sentient beings wish to benefit each other.

Just like space and the great elements, such as earth,

may I always support the life of all the boundless beings.

And until they pass away from pain,

may I also be the source of life for all the realms of varied beings

that reach unto the ends of space.

—Shantideva


Peace!

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Aug 9, 2017

14732381_10207500461326805_4421353652470600332_nThere is no evil equal to hatred,

and no spiritual practice equal to forbearance.

Therefore, we ought to develop forbearance,

by various means, with great effort.

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Our minds find no peace,

neither enjoy pleasure or delight,

nor go to sleep, nor feel secure

while the dart of hatred is stuck in the heart.

—Shantideva, Bodhicharyavatara


Not Elsewhere

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Aug 7, 2017

e38e78216e7896b276e40fbfafbe4f21Since all phenomena are naturally pure,

cultivate the clear understanding that there are no entities.

Since all phenomena are connected with the enlightened mind,

cultivate the clear understanding of great compassion.

Since all phenomena are naturally luminous,

cultivate the clear understanding of non-apprehension.

Since all entities are impermanent,

cultivate the clear understanding of non-attachment.

Since the mind is the cause for the arising of wisdom,

do not look for the Buddha elsewhere.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Āryātyaya­jñāna­nāma mahāyāna sūtra