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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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No and No

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46170040_250767079132013_7878854794247405568_nSome ascetics and priests accuse me wrongly, baselessly, falsely, and groundlessly, saying that the recluse Gautama is a nihilist and preaches the annihilation, destruction, and nonexistence of an existent being.

That is what I am not and do not affirm. Both previously and now, I preach suffering and the cessation of suffering.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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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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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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The human body contains roughly 30 trillion (30,000,000,000,000) human cells, 84% of them red corpuscles that transport oxygen in the blood.

In a human body, there are also, at least, 39 trillion (39,000,000,000,000) microbes. The proportion is 1.3 microbial cells for each human cell.

We are a minority in “our own” bodies.

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Practice for the Day: Four Austerities

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March 9, 2018

Image result for bodhisattvasWhen insulted, do not retaliate;

when struck, do not strike back;

when addressed angrily, do not respond with anger;

when your faults are exposed, do not reveal another’s faults.

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Conceit — Great Middle Way

If one regards oneself to be superior, alike, or inferior by reason of the body that is impermanent, painful and subject to change, this is not seeing reality as it is. If one regards oneself to be superior, alike, or inferior by reason of feelings, perceptions, volitions, or consciousness, this is not seeing reality as it is. If one does not regard […]

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Precepts for the Practitioner

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3.1979.191With wholeness of heart

remember the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

Do not overlook the power of the interaction

between the Buddha’s compassion and your aspiration.

With wholeness of heart entrust yourself to the Dharma you revere.

Do not denounce the teachings followed by others.

With wholeness of heart awaken the realization of equality.

Do not engage in discriminative thinking.

With wholeness of heart give rise to compassion.

Do not be indifferent to the sorrows of others.

With wholeness of heart disclose a gentle countenance.

Do not manifest anger and intolerance.

With wholeness of heart dwell firmly in humility’s insights.

Do not arouse a spirit of arrogance.

With wholeness of heart discern the sources of impurity.

Do not generate a mind that cherishes attachments.

With wholeness of heart contemplate the reality of impermanence.

Do not awaken thoughts of greed and craving.

With wholeness of heart rectify your own faults.

Do not revile others for their transgressions.


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The 5 Precepts

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15095487_927241997375276_676859992233458410_nI vow to refrain from killing. I shall not kill, cause others to kill, or approve of anyone killing sentient beings. I regret, censure, reject, and abandon killing.

I vow to refrain from taking what is not freely given. I shall not take, cause others to take, or approve of anyone taking what is not freely given. I regret, censure, reject, and abandon taking what is not freely given.

I vow to refrain from sexual misconduct. I shall not engage, cause others to engage, or approve of anyone engaging in sexual misconduct. I regret, censure, reject, and abandon sexual misconduct.

I vow to refrain from harmful speech. I shall not harm, cause others to harm, or approve of anyone harming sentient beings through lying, divisive speech, harsh and abusive words, and idle chatter. I regret, censure, reject, and abandon harmful speech.

I vow to refrain from intoxication, leading to carelessness…

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