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I was thinking of writing about my view of Christmas as a practicing Buddhist, when I found this:

A Clear and Empty Mind

Lama Yeshe used to give teachings on Christmas Eve, and this was a good thing to do, considering that many of his students were western and came from a Christian background. Even though I’m Buddhist, I’m still surrounded by Christmas and am finding ways to celebrate it, while trying not to get lost in the materialistic aspects.

I found this interesting copy of a talk he gave, where he tries to help people in creating a good Christmas intention. And for those that have come from a Christian background, but over time started to rebel against some of the traditions and beliefs, I think this talk also helps reconcile some of those feelings and clears things up while moving forward.

Below is a snippet from the teaching, and the full talk can be found here. Merry Christmas everyone!

For a Christmas celebration to be a good one, it must…

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  1. Reminds me of one of my teachers when asked if Buddhists celebrate Christmas. He said – it sounds like a good reason for a party! Our group was always celebrating something by getting together, enjoying each other’s company, sharing a meal, and generally having a good time. To me, that’s what it should be about, not buying stuff.

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