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Buddhism for Everyone with JoAnn Fox

Jan 7, 2019

Buddha said that all phenomena are like dreams, like illusions, and like the reflection of the moon in a clear lake. In this episode, we look at the meaning of this and how this wisdom can help us change difficult or painful situations. Our reality is not as it seems. Our life, our self, and our reality appear to exist independent of our own mind. However, like a dream, our life is the projection of our mind. When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.


We studies Chapter 3, verse 38 - 39 of the Dhammapada (the words of the Buddha).


“For those who are unsteady of mind,

Who do not know true Dharma,

And whose serenity wavers,

Wisdom does not mature.


For one who is awake,

Whose mind isn’t overflowing,

Whose heart is not afflicted

And has abandoned both merit and demerit,

Fear does not exist.”



The Dhammapada, by Buddha. Translated by Gil Fronsdale. Shambala, Boston and London, 2011, pp. 9.


Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, by Je Tsongkhapa, Volume 3. Pages 1550-1565. Translated by the Lamrim Chenmo Translation Committee. Joshua Cutler, Editor-in-Chief, and Guy Newlan, Editor.