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April 15, 2015
by Jean Smith

1. First, we must realize that it’s not the events and conditions in our life that make us happy or unhappy but rather how we relate to them. An old bumper sticker said: “Shit Happens.” Wrong: “Life Happens,” to all of us. When we acknowledge that how we relate to what happens to us...

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1. First, we must realize that it’s not the events and conditions in our life...

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April 7, 2015
by The Dalai Lama

Time is always moving forward. With each passing moment, beginning from the instant of our birth, we come closer to the end, to our death. That is our nature, and the nature of the universe. As spiritually minded people, it is essential for us to constantly check and examine ourselves, to see how we are living every...

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Time is always moving forward. With each passing moment, beginning from the instant...

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March 27, 2015
by Gyalwang Karmapa XVII Orgyen Trinley Dorje

For most of human history, people all over the world had a simple lifestyle that made use of natural resources sustainably, and avoided significant damage to the Earth. In recent times, however, our lives and our relationship with the environment have become increasingly complex—and problematical because we now have...

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For most of human history, people all over the world had a simple lifestyle that made...

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March 18, 2015
by Kathleen McDonald

 To want something and not want to be separated from it: very broadly, this is attachment, also known as desire. Attendant to it is the false assumption that having whatever it is we want will bring satisfaction: this is why attachment causes problems. Attachment is difficult to detect and even more difficult to find ...

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 To want something and not want to be separated from it: very broadly, this is...

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March 18, 2015
by Kestrel Slocombe

Homage to great compassion.

These instructions, the essence of nectar,are the lineage from Serlingpa.They are like a diamond, the sun, and a medicinal tree.Understand the point and so forth of these texts.Transform the worsening fivefold degeneration into the pathto enlightenment.

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Homage to great compassion.

These instructions, the essence of...

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March 11, 2015
by Kestrel Slocombe

Q: When people hear about things like nonattachment and mindfulness, they may think they’ll have to give up their emotional life when they become Buddhists.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Losing our emotions or thoughts is not something we need to worry about. When we meditate, they’re still there. They don’t...

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Q: When people hear about things like nonattachment and mindfulness, they may think they’ll have...

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