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    Brief Teachings Summer 2015 Paid Member

    LAMA SURYA DAS It is always now. It’s now or never, as always. From Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation (May 2015), by Lama Surya Das. Reprinted with permission of Sounds True. Lama Surya Das is a contemporary Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition. SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA More »
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    No Problem Paid Member

    Fundamentally, there is no problem in life, because everything that happens is actually part of the human journey and human awakening, and all of it is leading us deeper and deeper into reality.From Darkness Before Dawn: Redefining the Journey Through Depression, edited by Tami Simon. Reprinted with permission of Sounds True. Reginald A. Ray, PhD, is an American Tibetan Buddhist teacher. Illustration by Roberto La Forgia More »
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    The Self-Confidence of a Bodhisattva Paid Member

    Hearing about bodhisattvas’ ability to cherish others more than themselves, we may doubt, “If I abandon all self-interest and only cherish others, I will neglect myself and my suffering will increase.” Cherishing others does not mean ignoring our own needs and caring only for others. If we did that, we would fall into a deplorable state in which benefiting others and practicing the dharma would be nearly impossible. In that case, instead of our helping others, they would need to take care of us! More »
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    Show It to Me Paid Member

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    About Oneself Paid Member

    Hiding one’s faults within, although they are as huge as a mountain, One exposes and condemns others’ faults, although they are as small as a sesame seed. Without having even the slightest good quality, one acts as if one is noble. Named a Dharma practitioner, all one does is against Dharma. Sublime Guru, you who know, please swiftly look upon me with compassion. Bless me to pacify my pride and selfishness.From The Sole Panacea, by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche © 2013 by the Estate of Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. Reprinted with permission of Shambhala Publications. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (1931–2011) was a preeminent modern-day Tibetan Buddhist teacher in the Nyingma lineage. More »
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    The Fourth Perfection Paid Member

    The perfection of zeal is a pure [mind] that exists in the profound depths of the Way. Advancing without ever slacking off—lying down, sitting, standing, and walking—even if you are gasping for breath, never abandon it.From The Chan Whip Anthology: A Companion to Zen Practice, translated by Jeffrey L. Broughton with Elise Yoko Watanabe. © 2015 Oxford University Press. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. From the Six Perfections Collection Sutra, a Chinese jataka collection that arranges tales of the Buddha’s former lives in accordance with the six perfections (paramitas): giving, morality, patience, effort (zeal), concentration, and wisdom.  More »