Products are specially designed to catch the eye and captivate the mind.

Because we focus on what else there is to acquire, rather than what we already have, we fall into the endless upgrade game. “The functions you need are coming in the next version! The new design is so much more attractive! And it comes in your favorite color!” These products may be mass-produced, but they […]


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Those who wish to protect their practice should zealously guard the mind.

The practice cannot be protected without guarding the unsteady mind. Tigers, lions, elephants, bears, snakes, all enemies, all guardians of hells, evil spirits, and demons become controlled by controlling the mind alone. By subduing the mind alone, they all become subdued. For the Propounder of the Truth said that all fears and immeasurable sufferings arise […]


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When we look back, at the time of death, the experience of this life will seem like a dream.

And—just as with our nighttime dreams—it will seem useless to have put so much effort into it. The fear we experience in a dream is gone when we wake up; feeling afraid was just an unnecessary exertion of effort causing us to lose sleep! When we look back on our lives at death, the amount […]


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As a species, we should never underestimate our low tolerance for discomfort

To be encouraged to stay with our vulnerability is news that we definitely can use. Sitting meditation is our support for learning how to do this. Sitting meditation, also known as mindfulness-awareness practice, is the foundation of bodhichitta training. It is the home ground of the warrior bodhisattva. Sitting meditation cultivates loving-kindness and compassion, the […]


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A young couple decided to deal with their ambivalence about panhandlers by giving money to the first person who asked each day.

They were sincerely attempting to work with their confusion around the issue of homelessness, but they had an agenda: they would be good, generous people and do their noble deed and then forget about their conflicted feelings for the rest of the day. One morning a drunk asked the woman for money as she went […]


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The self-centered thought is not who we are.

The self-centered thought is different from the mind that wants to be happy because we’re sentient beings. Everybody wants to be happy. There’s no problem with wanting to be happy. The problem is the way the self-centered thought goes about thinking of our happiness and the way it goes about getting happiness. It is a […]


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Whatever arises in our mind whether it’s a thought, an emotion, a sensation, or a perception is the arising of co-emergent wisdom.

It is the radiation of the mind’s emptiness and clarity. Every arising is a temporary arising—one thought comes and goes, then another thought comes and goes. All our thoughts and emotions just appear and disappear. This is very important, because we usually grasp at whatever occurs. For instance, when sadness arises, we hold on to […]


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To listen, we must intend to listen and then open, relax, and receive the words, impressions, feeling states, and energetic cues…

from our friends as they speak. We steady our attention, remain fully present, and allow our heart-mind to exchange without interference from our internal commentary of evaluations and judgments. We mute our “react and respond” button. We simply hear what they have to say, releasing the grip of the ego on our perceptions.  Sometimes we […]


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Reality is the sameness of whatever arises, abides, and subsides.

Or to say it another way, neither sense impres­sions nor thoughts—nothing whatsoever—stirs from the spaciousness of pure being as they entwine in the matrix of the three dimensions of spontaneous creativity. The matrix is always still and silent. The media of body, speech, and mind partake of that stasis. There is no movement in pure […]


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Can we actually be present with this body and mind as it is, not our ideas of who we are…

but actually be present with the physical sensation and the swirling thoughts that are happening on our cushion, right now? Without trying to get anything from it, and also not trying to get rid of it, do not hold back at all. Do not hold back from just fully enjoy­ing or engaging this present experience, […]


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