Archives for category: Buddhahood

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There is no emptiness without appearance,

and there is no appearance without emptiness.

That is what we call the interdependent nature.


Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche


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… Don’t cling to externals, the opposite things,
the things that exist as relative.
Accept them all impartially
And you won’t have to waste time in pointless choosing.

Judgments and discriminations block the flow
and stir the passions.
They roil the mind that needs stillness and peace.
If you go from either-or, this and that,
or any of the countless opposites,
You’ll miss the whole, the One.
Following an opposite you’ll be led astray,
away from the balancing center.
How can you hope to gain the One? … (continued)

Seng T’sang

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A man is not an elder

because his head is gray;

his age may be ripe,

but he is called “Old-in-vain.”

He in whom there is truth,

virtue, love, restraint, moderation,

he who is free from impurity

and is wise,

he is called an elder.

Siddhartha Gautama, from The Dhammapada

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Control the Mind


To enjoy good health,
to bring true happiness to one’s family,
to bring peace to all,
one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.
If a man can control his mind
he can find the way to Enlightenment,
and all wisdom and virtue
will naturally come to him.

Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha

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Clouds in the Wind

These trains of thought and states of mind are constantly changing,

like the shapes of clouds in the wind.

But we attach great importance to them.

An old man watching children play

knows very well that their games are of little consequence.

He feels neither elated or upset

at what happens in their game,

while the children take it very seriously.

We are exactly them.


H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure,
joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Siddhartha Gautama
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The Process of Revealing

To recognize that the nature of mind is buddha-nature is the beginning of the process of revealing that nature.
By revealing that nature, we can dispel all the sufferings and all the fears of samsara.

One needs to recognize that our mind’s nature is buddha- nature, to have confidence or faith in this,

and to have the aspiration and commitment to reveal this.

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013


You are a creature of light.

From light have you come,
to light shall you go,
and surrounding you through every step
is the light of your infinite being.

Imagine the universe beautiful and just and perfect.
Then be sure of one thing,
The IS has imagined it
quite a bit better than you have.

Richard Bach

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013

College Creek, Williamsburg, Va

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Great teachers appear, highly realized, amid the deluded people of this decadent age…

They are extremely knowledgeable; they have mastered all the sciences and bestowed teachings on fortunate disciples.

However, if the disciples do not practice these teachings, they become superficially learned, which only increases their arrogance.

They may develop some discipline, but it only increases their infatuation with their own virtue.

They may reach a high position, but it only propagates greed, aggression, and laziness.

These disciples have the same defects as ordinary people and so produce benefit neither for the dharma nor for sentient beings.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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November 11, 2011 autumn 002Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.

Do not believe in anything simply because

it is spoken and rumored by many.

Do not believe in anything simply because

it is found written in your religious books.

Do not believe in anything merely on the authority

of your teachers and elders.

Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

But after observation and analysis,

when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all,

Then accept it,

And live up to it.

Buddha Siddhartha Guatama 

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