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37 practices: verse 1

1: To study, contemplate, and meditate This precious human life’s so hard to find, / Its freedoms and resources like a boat To navigate samsara’s endless sea / And set myself and other beings free. For that, without distraction, day … 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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Happiness 102

November 2008 A previous post focused on Lama Norlha Rinpoche’s advice that the secret to happiness in this lifetime is, in all our relationships, to focus on people’s good qualities and kindness rather than on their faults and negative behavior. … Continue reading

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Four Thoughts That Turn The Mind

At our meditation study and practice meetings in New Hampshire, we often talked about the Four Thoughts, also known as the Four Reminders. Their full title is the Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind, i.e., redirect it from worldly to … Continue reading

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