Shantideva’s Prayer

“May all beings everywhere Plagued by sufferings of body and mind Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy By virtue of my merits. May no living creature suffer, Commit evil, or ever fall ill. May no one be afraid or belittled, With a mind weighed down by depression. May the blind see forms And the... Continue Reading →

Fearlessness Is Not The Reduction Of Fear

True fearlessness is not the reduction of fear, but going beyond fear. Unfortunately, in the English language, we don't have one word that means that. Fearlessness is the closest term, but by fearless we don't mean "less fear," but "beyond fear." Going beyond fear begins when we examine our fear: our anxiety, nervousness, concern, and... Continue Reading →

Give Up Your Throne

The true spirit of the Mahayana is – to give up any sense of special-ness....... This is really the only way for confidence to arise. We will never find confidence in identity. Identity makes us awkward - it takes away our agility We can’t be joyful and responsive…there will always be something to hold together... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Awakening Is Going Down

Spiritual awakening is frequently described as a journey to the top of a mountain. In the process of discovering bodhichitta [the awakened heart], the journey goes down, not up. It’s as if the mountain pointed toward the center of the earth instead of reaching into the sky. Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures,... Continue Reading →

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