When Difficulties are a Sign of Progress
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When Difficulties are a Sign of Progress

In his Dzogchen teachings, Guru Padma sambhava urged his disciples to keep going beyond the boulders on the road of meditation. In Tibet, there are lots of boulders on the roads, but in America, we would probably say “the potholes in the streets.” Experiencing these difficulties is a sign that you are actually moving. Whether … Continue reading

Unlimited Spiritual Qualities
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Unlimited Spiritual Qualities

A key condition for enlightenment is that it must be possible for spiritual qualities such as compassion and wisdom to be developed until they reach a state of perfection. The latter point centers on the proposition that the improvement of spiritual qualities is not innately subject to any limitation. The arguments that Dharmakirti presents in … Continue reading

Questioning the Advice of the Guru
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Questioning the Advice of the Guru

You should do everything your guru tells you to do, even if it seems strange, right? Wrong. According to HH the Dalai Lama every student is responsible for checking the guru’s instructions against reason and dharma. The rationalizations that many students tell themselves in the face of odd guru behaviors—“It must be a teaching” or … Continue reading