There is no sentient being we have not eaten. In the past, you have eaten me numberless times; I have eaten you numberless times. This might come as a big shock but that’s what has happened. Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Sun of Devotion Stream of Blessings. Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. 2016, p. 194.
By rescuing beings who are about to be slaughtered, By benefiting others by giving life in such ways, By turning away from harming any living creature, You will attain a long life. By caring for the seriously ill, By giving them medicine as a healer, By refraining from harming creatures with stones or sticks, You […]
Moreover, this universe which seems solid and firm isimpermanent; it will be destroyed in stages by fire, water,and wind~ The four seasons also reveal impermanence. The power in the coming of spring causes the soil to bec·ome soft and reddish-brown in colour; trees and plants bring forth shoots and buds. But spring doesn’t last, for with the coming of […]
§ 10. I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying at Anupiya in the Mango Orchard. Now at that time, Ven. Bhaddiya Kaligodha, on going to a forest, to the foot of a tree, or to an empty dwelling, would repeatedly exclaim, “What bliss! What bliss!” A large number of monks heard […]
Building a mandala requires the monks’ total dedication and perseverance. Both motivational prayers and dedication prayers are said daily throughout the entire process. Just by observing the monks’ actions we understand how the mandala expresses the Buddha’s teachings. Without a single word, they display the six perfections: concentration, patience, loyalty, joyful effort, wisdom, and generosity. Created by monks, these […]
The FPMT Masters Program at ILTK in Pomaia, Italy has started again. One of the many side-benefits of participating in the Masters Program is the extra resources that the tutor and students share. Before the teachings we chant the prayer to the Nalanda masters. In order to deepen our appreciation of who these masters were, our […]
“Muslim friends have assured me that a good Muslim must extend love to all the creatures of Allah. On the other hand one who sheds blood is no longer a genuine Muslim. And as regards the word ‘jihad’, what it really refers to is the struggle to combat our destructive emotions. So it seems that […]