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Unbecoming

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Even when performing ostensibly Dharmic activities, our motivation is fundamental in determining their quality, as karma is volitional action.

One can practice with the intention to obtain any of four goals: universal liberation and enlightenment; individual liberation; higher rebirth; or mundane pleasure, gain, praise, and fame.

Strive for universal liberation and enlightenment. All else is unbecoming a Bodhisattva.

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Four Strategies

All of us come to the Dharma with various degrees of wrong views, previous tendencies and conditioning, false identities, afflicted emotions, and extremely sensitive egos. It takes time and effort to leave them behind, or at least transform them sufficiently so that they are no longer a gross impediment on the path to enlightenment. If […]

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Transcience

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morning_dewThe blossom that opens in the morning is scattered by the evening breeze, and the dew, condensed in hours of darkness before dawn, is dispelled by the rays of the morning sun.

Heedless or willfully ignorant of this procession of changes, we dream of prosperity all through life and, without understanding the nature of transience, we hope for longevity.

—Honen Shonin

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Dependent Origination

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mipham4What is meant by dependent origination? It means that nothing included within inner or outer phenomena has arisen without a cause. Neither have they originated from what are not their causes; that is, noncauses such as a permanent creator, the self, time, or an almighty deity.

The fact that phenomena arise based on the interdependence of their respective causes and conditions coming together is called dependent origination.

—Jamgon Mipham

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Care — Great Middle Way

One who takes care of oneself takes care of others. One who takes care of others takes care of oneself. How is it that one who takes care of oneself takes care of others? It is by ethical training, ethical culture, and ethical development. And how is it that one who takes care of others […]

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Still Nobler

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Herein a certain person abstains from taking life, from stealing, and so forth. This one is noble.

Herein a certain other not only abstains from taking life and so forth, but also encourages another to abstain from so doing. This one is still nobler.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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Innumerable

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Since innumerable human beings attain enlightenment at every moment, we should not sink into despair.

There are three reasons why despair is improper: because human beings attain enlightenment, because they continually attain it, and because innumerable beings attain it.

—Maitreya, Mahayanasutralamkara

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Miserable — Great Middle Way

When animals are crossing a ford, if the one in front goes crookedly, all the others go crookedly. So too, among human beings, when the leader behaves unrighteously, other people behave unrighteously. If the leader is unrighteous, the entire country is miserable. —Buddha Shakyamuni, Anguttara Nikaya

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