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Solitude

After contemplating for several months, I have decided to write about the utter simplicity of solitude. Recently, in our Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra class, we studied about the physical and mental solitude. One of the key components of my experience of solitude is to allow oneself to heal. Thích Nhất Hạnh, in his book called Silence, indicated that […]

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Bodhicharyavatara Santideva

What I want and what I need

In Bodhicharyavatara, Śāntideva mentions: Since I and other beings both, In wanting happiness, are equal and alike, ….. In fleeing suffering, are equal and alike, However, not knowing the causes of happiness and of suffering, all the sentient beings are wandering in Samsara since the beginningless time. I am not different either. I am one […]

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Bodhicharyavatara the Way of the Bodhisattva

The Way of the Bodhisattva

BA first year students study this text, the Way of the Bodhisattva, at Rangjung Yeshe Institute. Its Sanskrit name is Bodhicharyavatara, and in Tibetan, popularly called by its abbreviated title; sphyod ‘jug. I haven’t had a chance to study it with khenpos or other teachers except for parts of it, but I cannot count how […]