Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is because we do not know who we are. We believe in a personal, unique, and separate identity — but if we dare to examine it, we find that this identity depends entirely on an endless collection of things to prop it up: our name, our “biography,” our partners, family, home, job, friends, credit cards… It is on their fragile and transient support that we rely for our security. So when they are all taken away, will we have any idea of who we really are?
Without our familiar props, we are faced with just ourselves, a person we do not know, an unnerving stranger with whom we have been living all the time but we never really wanted to meet. Isn’t that why we have tried to fill every moment of time with noise and activity, however boring or trivial, to ensure that we are never left in silence with this stranger on our own?
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Lamrim means “stages of the path” to enlightenment. Atisha composed and taught “Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment” around 1000AD for the Tibetan people at their request. Lamrim teachings are personal advice and special step-by-step instructions to practice all the paths of Sutra and Tantra…
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The past is already past. Don’t try to regain it. The present does not stay. Don’t try to touch it.
From moment to moment, the future has not come; don’t think about it beforehand.
Whatever comes to the eye, leave it be. There are no commandments to be kept;
There’s no filth to be cleansed.
With empty mind really penetrated, the dharmas have no life.
When you can be like this, you’ve completed the ultimate attainment.
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❝ No puedes determinar la longitud de tu vida, pero puedes controlar su amplitud.
No puedes controlar el estado climático, pero puedes cambiar tu estado de humor.
No puedes cambiar tu apariencia física, pero puedes desplegar tu sonrisa.
No puedes dominar a otros, pero te puedes controlar a ti mismo.
No puedes predecir el mañana, pero puedes aprovechar el día de hoy.
No puedes garantizar éxito en todo lo que hagas, pero puedes esforzarte al máximo en cada asunto. ❞
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