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OPL4: Chapter 1: The cause: buddha nature

In truth, anyone who practices with great effort cannot fail to reach enlightenment. Why? Because all forms of conscious life, including ourselves, possess its prime cause. Within us is buddha nature.” ~ Gampopa OPL, translated by Ken Holmes. We got … Continue reading

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37 practices: verses 23 and 24

23. To give up attachment to positive experiences When I encounter something that’s delightful / such as a rainbow on a summer day, To give up all attachment to its beauty / and never cling to it as truly real: … Continue reading

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37 practices: ultimate bodhicitta overview 22-24

22. To remain free from subject-object fixation All appearances are my own mind; / mind’s nature from the start is concept-free. To know my own mind’s nature and refrain / from grasping onto subject-object signs: This is the way a … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 9

9. To strive for unchanging freedom Like drops of dew upon each blade of grass / The three realms’ happiness evaporates. In contrast, the supreme and highest state / Of liberation doesn’t ever change. To strive in all my efforts … Continue reading

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Compassion versus Wisdom

OK, the title is a trick–as we know, compassion and wisdom are complementary, and in the end of course there is no difference between them at all. Buddhahood, enlightenment, full awakening is the ultimate development of both, and they are ultimately undifferentiable, … Continue reading

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Lo Sar Tashi Delek!

“There is no problem other than the thought.” –Lama Norlha Rinpoche  When I was running a household and raising my daughter, I eventually learned to streamline the more mundane aspects of my life, such as housework and meal preparation, with the … Continue reading

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In a Nutshell

Three-year retreat, year one. “The three realms of existence are as fleeting as autumn clouds.” ~From The Extensive Sport Sutra, quoted in The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa. A few years ago, when I lived in rural New Hampshire, … Continue reading

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We Are All Superheroes!

July 2008 When I was a child, my hero was the cartoon character Mighty Mouse: “Here I come to save the day! Mighty Mouse is on the way!”

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You Can Do It!

Enlightenment seems so…unattainable. Why even sit down to meditate, when the goal is so far away? You can watch a whole movie in two hours, bake a cake in one. But wait! The Buddha says it can be done; he … Continue reading

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Efficiency Expert

February 2008 As Buddhists, we are encouraged to spend a lot of time contemplating the impermanence of all phenomena and, in particular, the inevitability of our own death. We realize that if we are going to reach enlightenment, we had … Continue reading

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