“Grant that I may be given appropriate difficulties and sufferings on this journey so that my heart may be truly awakened and my practice of liberation and universal compassion may be truly fulfilled.”


Once upon a time, I was days away from taking my pratimoksa (monstastic vows) in Tibetan (Vajrayana) Buddhism, and becoming a sāmaṇera (novice monk). Though my life and call to service took a different path, I still hold the lay precepts close to my heart.

One of the first and most life-altering concepts I learned in my studies was the idea that my struggles, obstacles, and challenges are critical parts of my journey. Without them, I could never begin to understand – much less practice – compassion.

Today I wish for you appropriate difficulties and sufferings on your journey. Never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.


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About Sentimental Dom

Michael Nolan is The Sentimental Dom. He wants you to keep your chin up, treat everyone with dignity, compassion, and respect, and drink more water.

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