Marvelous Stories

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Marvelous Stories

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:01 am

This collection of stories from Nagarjuna's Upadesha is extensive (over 600 pp.) and inspiring:

http://www.kalavinka.com/kp_book_pages/ ... 20page.htm
It is not a matter of achieving Bodhi or attaining Buddhahood. Rather, you yourself become aware that your own mind has always been fully enlightened.

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Re: Marvelous Stories

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:42 pm

A small example:
The Giving of King Sarvada

Nāgārjuna’s Preamble: Perfect Dāna in Two Body Types

Additionally, the bodhisattva possesses two kinds of bodies. The
first is the body produced from the karma of the fetters. The second
is the Dharma body. Fulfillment of dāna pāramitā in both of these
bodies is what is intended by perfectly fulfilling dāna pāramitā.
Question: What is meant by fulfillment of dāna pāramitā within
the body produced from the karma of the fetters (saṃyojana)?
Response: This refers to when one has not yet gained the Dharma
body and to when the fetters have not yet been brought to an end.
One becomes able to give completely of all that one possesses, both
inwardly and outwardly, including all manner of precious objects,
and including one’s head, eyes, marrow, brain, country, wealth,
wives, and sons, doing so without one’s mind moving or turning
away from it. Take for instance Prince Sudinna who made a gift
of his two sons to a brahman. (Chinese textual note: In our language,
this [Sudinna] means “fine fondness.”) Next, he relinquished his wife,
and even then, his mind still did not turn away from continuing on
with this practice.

Story: King Sarvada Turns Himself In

This is also exemplified by King Sarvada (Chinese textual note: In our
language, this [“Sarvada”] means “giving everything.”) who was vanquished
by an enemy country and who then fled and hid in the
furthest reaches of the forests. He encountered a brahman from a
faraway country who sought to receive alms from him. As for himself,
his country had been crushed, his family had been wiped out,
and he had been forced to flee alone and go into hiding.
Because he felt pity for [the brahman’s] hardship in having come
from afar and yet having gotten nothing, he said to the brahman, “I
am King Sarvada. The new king has sent men out who are trying
very hard to find me.” He then immediately tied himself up and
gave himself to [the brahman] who then gave him over to the new
king and received great wealth and valuables [in reward].
It is not a matter of achieving Bodhi or attaining Buddhahood. Rather, you yourself become aware that your own mind has always been fully enlightened.

Li Tungxuan

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Re: Marvelous Stories

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Mon May 10, 2010 11:05 pm

A few more stories about the paramita of dana or giving:

http://www.kalavinka.com/book_excerpts/ ... xcerpt.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
It is not a matter of achieving Bodhi or attaining Buddhahood. Rather, you yourself become aware that your own mind has always been fully enlightened.

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Re: Marvelous Stories

Post by Ngawang Drolma » Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:57 am

Will, I love this! I always enjoy dharma stories :)

Best,
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Re: Marvelous Stories

Post by PuerAzaelis » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:11 am

!!!!!

Drolma, holy ...

You still exist!
Although you say space is empty, You can’t say that space is “like this”. Likewise, although mind is said to be sheer clarity, There is nothing there: you can’t say “it’s like this”.

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Re: Marvelous Stories

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:19 am

PuerAzaelis wrote:!!!!!

Drolma, holy ...

You still exist!
Her post was actually from 2010, but being the last one in bumped set, the date is changed to now.
It is not a matter of achieving Bodhi or attaining Buddhahood. Rather, you yourself become aware that your own mind has always been fully enlightened.

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Re: Marvelous Stories

Post by PuerAzaelis » Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:22 am

Nicholas Weeks wrote:
PuerAzaelis wrote:!!!!!

Drolma, holy ...

You still exist!
Her post was actually from 2010, but being the last one in bumped set, the date is changed to now.
Oh. Bummer ...
Although you say space is empty, You can’t say that space is “like this”. Likewise, although mind is said to be sheer clarity, There is nothing there: you can’t say “it’s like this”.

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