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With ignorance and craving as our companions, we have been flowing in the stream of repeated existences from time immemorial. We come into existence and experience various types of miseries, die, and are reborn again and again without putting an end to this unbroken process of becoming."17 The Buddha said that this is saṃsāra


Dipa Ma, The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master:

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There is nothing ultimately to cling to in this world," Dipa Ma taught, "but we can make good use of everything in it. Life is not to be rejected. It is here. And as long as it is here and we are here, we can make the best use of it

If you bless those around you, this will inspire you to be attentive in every moment."

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Modesty is the foundation of all virtues.
Let your neighbors discover you before you make yourself known to them.
A noble heart never forces itself forward.
Its words are as rare gems, seldom displayed and of great value.

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Geri Larkin in "Tap Dancing in Zen"

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When we are humble everyone is a potential best friend and our generosity naturally grows. We want to do things, to help out. A wonderful Zen tradition is called "inji-gyo," or secret good deeds. The virtue gained through performing a secret good deed is believed to be immense. So, in a monastery, if one watched closely, you might see a monk secretly mending another's robes or taking down someone's laundry and folding it before the rain comes. In our temple I often find chocolate spontaneously appearing in my mailbox, or a beautiful poem, unsigned. This year the Easter Bunny visited our Sunday service, leaving chocolate eggs under everyone's cushions, even the one prepared for a visiting Zen master. Sometimes the bathrooms are miraculously cleaned overnight. And flowers spontaneously appear in a neighbor's yard, thanks to the children in the temple. Secret good deeds. They are so much fun. In their doing you can't help but smile

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Spiritual practice is difficult in the beginning. You wonder how on earth you can ever do it. But as you get used to it, the practice gradually becomes easier. Do not be too stubborn or push yourself too hard. If you practice in accord with your individual capacity, little by little you will find more pleasure and joy in it. As you gain inner strength, your positive actions will gain in profundity and scope

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From the point of view of karma, we usually behave contrary to our goals, because in order to receive what we want, we need to give others what they want. To avoid getting what we do not want, we should avoid giving others what they do not want and so on.

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Do your best and do it according to your own inner standard - call it conscience - not just according to society's knowledge and judgment of your deeds


Chogyam Trungpa, from "Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala"

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Please don't hurt others...
Please try to work with people and be helpful to them.
A fantastically large number of people need help.
Please try to help them, for goodness sake, for heaven and earth.
Don't just collect Oriental wisdoms one after the other.
Don't just sit on an empty zafu, an empty meditation cushion.
But go out and try to help others, if you can.
That is the main point...
Your help doesn't have to be a big deal.
To begin with, just work with your friends and work with yourself at the same time.
It is about time we became responsible for this world

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 Eternal Knot by Charles Huttner

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A scripture of mind-purification (mind-training) says, "Transform your inner viewpoint, but leave your external appearance as it is." This is important. Because the very purpose of practicing the Great Vehicle is service for others, you should not isolate yourselves from society. In order to serve, in order to help, you must remain in society

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Once the Buddha addressed his diciples thus: "Monks, it may be that ascetics belonging to other sects will ask you what is the purpose of leading a spiritual life under the Buddha.?"
The monks remained silent.
Then the Buddha himself gave the answer: "You should answer them: it is to understand things that should be fully understood that we lead a spiritual life under the Buddha. So what things should be fully understood? They are the five aggregates of clinging: material form, feeling, perceptions, mental formations and consciousness

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Do not commit any unwholesome actions,
Accumulate virtuous deeds,
Tame and train your own mind

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Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

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Man cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen

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Tibetan Master Drakpa Gyaltsen

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Humans prepare for the future all their lives, yet meet the next life totally unprepared

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Buddhist Reflections on Death essay by V.F. Gunaratna

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...Law of Becoming.

Nothing is. But is Becoming.


Buddhist Reflections on Death essay by V.F. Gunaratna

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Thus the dying man is drawn to an environment, good or bad , which he has created for himself by his thought , word and deed, for on these depend the nature of our future life.
Every moment we are creating our future. Every moment then we must be careful .


Buddhist Reflections on Death essay by V.F. Gunaratna

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It is Ignorance that entails he dreary round
Now here now there -- of countless births and deaths.
But no hereafter waits for him who Knows.

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Law of Conditionality...

Conditioned by Ignorance, Activities arise.

Conditioned by Activities, Consciousness arises.

Conditioned by Consciousness, mentality and corporeality arises.

Conditioned by Mentality and Corporeality, the six faculties arise.

Conditioned by the six faculties, contact arises.

Conditioned by contact, sensation arises.

Conditioned by Sensation, craving arises.

Conditioned by craving, grasping arises.

Conditioned by grasping, becoming arises.

Conditioned by becoming, rebirth arises.

Conditioned by re-rebirth , old age and death arise.


P.S. from Beaver "....WOW" :o


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Law of Conditionality...
When this exists, that exists.
When this arises, that arises.
When this is not, that is not.
When this ceases, that ceases.

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The doer of good rejoices in this world.
He rejoices in the next world.
He rejoices in both worlds.

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...On Change. "What then of this fathom-long body ? Is there anything here of which it may rightly be said , "i" or "mine" or "am"? Nay verily nothing whatsoever.


Buddhist Reflections on Death essay by V.F. Gunaratna

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Worlds on worlds are rolling over from creation to decay,
Like bubbles on a river , sparking , bursting , borne away.


Buddhist Reflections on Death essay by V.F. Gunaratna

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The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power
All that beauty , all that wealth ever gave,
Await alike the inevitable hour .
The path of glory leads to the grave.

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There is no Doer but the Deed,
There is no experiencer but the experience,
Constituent parts alone roll on .
This is the true and correct view.


Buddhist Reflections on Death essay by V.F. Gunaratna

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If you fear death, why not make the wisest use of the present so as to ensure a happy future? To fear death on one hand , and on the other , not to act in the way that would ensure a happy future is either madness or mental lethargy . He who leads a virtuous life , harming none and helping whom he can , in conformity with the Dhamma ( dharma) Always remembering Dhamma , is without doubt laying the foundation of a happy future life.
The Dhamma most assuredly protects him who lives in conformity with it . Such conformity is facilitated by the contemplation of death . Death has no fears for one who is thus protected by Dhamma . Then shall, cheerful and unafraid , be able to face phenomenon of death with fortitude and calm.


Buddhist Reflections on Death essay by V.F. Gunaratna

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As we sow , so shall we reap. Karma is not something generated in the closed box of the past. It is always in the making. We are by our own actions , every moment contributing to it . Hence , the future is not at all conditioned by the past. The present moment is also conditioning it .

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