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Healing One’s Mind: Part 2 – Transforming “Junk Pot” into “Flower Pot” Mind

To shape and transform our mind for the future, it is vital that we understand the concepts of bodhicitta and cultivating a good heart. First, we need to recognize how these relate to our mind. Right now, our mind is like a junk pot. We see this through our own experience, so this is not …

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Dieting Away Unhealthy Emotions – Gaining Control of One’s Mind

As human beings we have emotions. Obviously, we can’t live our life without emotions.  We enjoy them! We ought to keep emotions in our diet. But if we do not have a way to limit our unhealthy emotions, they can take over our whole mental state.  We can’t just throw away our unhealthy emotions suddenly, …

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Daytime, Sleep, and Dream-Part II: Falling Asleep, “Striking the Gong of the Alaya”

Last week we learned that the experience of authentic joy lies, simply, in our ability to persistently observe the continuity of change. How can we facilitate this practice when we fall asleep, and maintain this view even while dreaming?   If we are unable to stay present during the day, we often become tired and irritated, …

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Shenpa: Part 4 of 4 – Leaving Rome, Moving Out of Self-Defeat

Many people are intelligent but they don’t have the freedom of addressing their shenpa. Many people are smart and skilled, with resources to do whatever they want to do, but it still doesn’t give them the sense of the deep self-empowerment that a person can have by being able to honestly, sincerely, and tenaciously able …

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Attaining Enlightenment – A Child’s Fantasy Or A Realistic Aspiration?

The notion of enlightenment means, “not bound”. Not bound to what? Not bound to one’s own mind in ordinary ways; not bound in confusion to all the suffering that one’s mind has produced and is experiencing. So the notion of enlightenment is not something outside of one’s own mind. We cannot imagine achieving enlightenment, let …

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