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Shantideva on the First Five Perfections

In “Way of the Bodhisattva” Shantideva starts going through the six perfections, our method for practicing the bodhisattva path. This section is only going to be about the first five. The sixth perfection, the Perfection of Wisdom, is something we will be saving for later. The teaching of the Six Paramitas was created early in the history of Mahayana Buddhism. Paramita is usually translated as “perfection” and that’s how I’m going to translate it. It doesn’t mean we do any… Read more

The Last Temptation of the Buddha

I’m going to relate to you what was my favorite Bible story when I was a kid. Bare with me for a moment and I’ll relate it to Buddhism, I promise. There’s a part in the Jesus story where Satan tempts him in the wilderness. Jesus has just spent 40 days alone and Satan expresses doubt that Jesus is anyone special. Satan challenges him in a few different ways and Jesus essentially outsmarts him at every turn. Satan says things… Read more

My Own Worst Enemy, My Own Best Friend

We’ve all heard this phrase. It’s the subject of songs, it’s an inspirational quote, it’s something we hear but we often don’t take to heart. And it’s true. We all create a lot of our own sorrow, often because of poor judgment and unclear thinking. I’ve been married and divorced twice. Avoidable mistakes were made. How many of our problems come from avoidable mistakes? Red flags we choose to ignore that, in hindsight, are very obvious? A lot of the… Read more

When I Took Refuge Vows (a look back)

This story takes place in 2009. We sat in the upstairs shrine room. My best friend since childhood, the other Daniel, had come with me. It was the two of us and a room full of strangers. I hadn’t really been going to the Rime Center long enough to make friends or even acquaintances, really. But I wanted to take Refuge Vows anyway. I had been studying and practicing Buddhism on my own for years before I first set foot… Read more

Life is Training

I go to  a lot of training classes for my job. We have refresher training, where we learn things that we already know. We also spend a lot of time learning new processes and procedures. I’m sure a lot of people have situations like this in their jobs. I don’t like it…a lot of people don’t like it. Going to additional training is like going to an office meeting. I just want to get back to doing my work. Not… Read more


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