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Be As Bodhisattva-Like As You Can

Jun. 17 | All the suffering there is in this worldarises from wishing our self to be happy.All the happiness there is in this worldarises from wishing others to be happy.― Santideva You also get plenty of opportunities to help others outside of work....

The Butter & Lamp Analogies For Buddha-Nature

Apr. 21 | Full enlightenment is attainedby fully realising Buddha-Natureand fully renouncing all other ‘natures’.— Shilashanti I bow to you, the Dharmadhātu[i.e. Dharma-nature, or Buddha-nature,the bright essential potential for Buddhahood],Who...

Tame & Transform Your Raging Tiger

Apr. 14 | It’s great to be able to stopWhen you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong,And be able to do something else insteadAnd think this song.— Mr. Rogers As silly as those lyrics might seem to us in the moment, as our temper is boiling...

Do The Right Thing Naturally

Apr. 7 | There is no enjoying the possession of anything valuable unless one has someone to share it with. — Seneca Neither the Buddhists nor the Stoics believed in what has come to be called ‘original sin’ — that we are a fallen and flawed...

One Stone At A Time

Mar. 25 | Since there is only one thoughtin each moment,be aligned to do only one thing wellin each moment.— Shilashanti There is no such thing as good multitasking… Pay attention to your attention — when you have it and when you don’t....

Master Being A Beginner

Mar. 18 | Those who think they are learnedare probably the least learned.Those who know they should learnwill probably become learned.— Shilashanti All of us act like those close-minded experts sometimes, and all of us can benefit from a bit more...

Mindfully Ask Your Heart If You Need It

Mar. 11 | It’s only after we’ve lost everythingthat we’re free to do anything.— Chuck Palahniuk(via Tyler Durden in Fight Club) You’re climbing a mountain but you aren’t well equipped. You’re wearing thin clothing,...

I Want You To Panic

Feb. 26 | No one is acting as if we are in a crisis. Even most green politicians and climate scientists go on flying around the world, eating meat and dairy.* — Greta Thunberg* Such consumption is one of the leading causes of the climate crisis We...

How News Can Destroy Peace Of Mind

Feb. 12 | The more we value thingsoutside our control, the less control we have. — Epictetus What is wisdom? Think of a wide man… your personal ideal, a beacon of humanity. Someone like Socrates, Confucius, the Buddha… Now imagine that person...

Do Not Forget This World Of Phenomena

Feb. 5 | Trying to suppress delusion is delusion too. Delusions have no original existence; they’re only things you create yourself by indulging in discrimination.— Bankei It’s said that Bakei’s (Yotaku) (1622-93) quest for enlightenment...

Spiritual Practice In The Face Of War & Death

Jan. 29 | 万物自有功,当言用及处。事存函盖合,理应箭锋拄。 石头希迁禅师 《参同契》   The ten thousand things each has its merits,that should be said of their functions and situations.Phenomena exists like...

Thank You Very Much

Jan. 22 | The essence of givingis to give awaygreed, hatred and delusion.— Shilashanti Giving is the warm heart of Bodhisattva practice. Generosity attends and responds with kindness to whatever turns up, including people and events we find challenging....

Give The Dharma By Asking For It

Jan. 15 | Ask well if the answer matters to the welfare of you and/or all others.— Shilashanti Bodhisattvas aspire to offer all their actions of body, speech and mind as Dharma gifts. We have received the gift of the Dharma, and now we have an opportunity...

Patience With Big & Small Frustrations Is Needed

Jan. 8 | Turning away and touching are both wrong.For it is like a massive fire.— Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi Hakuin Zenji was falsely accused of impregnating a young girl who lived in the village near his hermitage. When her parents and villagers...

The Phenomenon Of Jewish Buddhists

Jan. 1 | ‘Is your essential nature defined by your gender, race, culture… born into?’ The Pew Research Center’s (2013) ‘A Portrait of Jewish Americans’ revealed that the Jewish identity has undergone a significant transformation...
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