Dharma Gems

Discuss and learn about the traditional Mahayana scriptures, without assuming that any one school ‘owns’ the only correct interpretation.
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Losal Samten
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Re: Dharma Gems

Post by Losal Samten » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:14 pm

  • Each instant, put your heart into it again.
    Each moment, remind yourself again.
    Each second, check yourself again.
    Night and day, make your resolve again.
    In the morning, commit yourself again.
    Each meditation session, examine mind minutely.
    Never be apart from dharma, not even accidentally.
    Continually, do not forget.
- Paltrul
Lacking mindfulness, we commit every wrong. - Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔
ཨཱོཾ་མ་ཏྲི་མུ་ཡེ་སལེ་འདུ།།

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Re: Dharma Gems

Post by Seeker12 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:42 pm

Avatamsaka Sutra, on the 1st Bhumi (Cleary p. 703)

"This intention of enlightening beings, furthermore, is aroused and guided by great compassion, controlled by wisdom and knowledge, sustained by skill in means, stabilized by will and determination, immeasurable as the power of buddhas, clearly distinguishing the power of sentient beings and the power of Buddha, focused on unfragmented knowledge, in accord with spontaneous knowledge, completely receptive to the guidance of wisdom and knowledge of all Buddha teachings; it is as ultimate as the cosmos, as enduring as space, abiding forever."

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Re: Dharma Gems

Post by Losal Samten » Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:11 am

  • When you thereby extract the essence of the freedoms and fortunes, there are mental hindrances that can create obstacles for Dharma:

    In general, there is the idea that, while it is important to practice the sublime Dharma, practicing in future lives might also suffice. But putting this off to further future lives is procrastination, for if you have a body of the six types of beings other than the one that is endowed with the freedoms and fortunes, you will not have a chance to practice the sublime Dharma.

    Even to have a sublime human life, however you think about it—from the point of view of its causes, numerical comparisons, or analogies—is something so extremely difficult to obtain. So much so that in this life, I urge you to practice the sublime Dharma alone. Understand the certainty of how difficult it is to find these freedoms and fortunes.

    Turn your mind around!

    Even if you understand this, thinking in this life that there is tomorrow and the day after to practice the sublime Dharma and postponing it till later is a block due to laziness. Since death is certain, and the time of death is unpredictable, understand the certainty of death and impermanence.

    Turn your mind around!

    Not believing in adopting virtues and rejecting vices is another obstacle to putting the sublime Dharma teachings into practice throughout all your lifetimes. While you still have the support of a life that has these freedoms, understand clearly the certainty of cause and effect, how actions and their fruits inevitably ripen in each and every person.

    Turn your mind around!

    The path of liberation from addiction to saṃsāric phenomena may be disrupted by a mind that is addicted to existence. By contemplating renunciation through understanding the entirety of saṃsāra to have the nature of suffering, you must turn your mind around!
- Bamda Lama
Lacking mindfulness, we commit every wrong. - Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔
ཨཱོཾ་མ་ཏྲི་མུ་ཡེ་སལེ་འདུ།།

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Re: Dharma Gems

Post by Losal Samten » Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:45 pm

  • Nevertheless, these days householders are able to (1) undertake the occasional vows, including the practice of fasting, as explained in the Abhidharma’s treatment of the eight vows on the full moon, new moon, and eighth lunar day, and (2) permanently maintain a single vow, thereby abandoning one of the nonvirtues, such as killing or lying.
    • - For this reason, during auspicious times such as the full moon, do not wander about doing meaningless things. Rather, adhere to the paths leading to the higher states and liberation—namely, the eight occasional vows: the four root vows and abstention from intoxicants, wearing garlands, high beds, and meals after noon.


    Do not be idle on auspicious days such as the full and new moons. Observe the eight occasional vows, the infallible cause for obtaining rebirth in the higher realms.
- Jigme Lingpa
Lacking mindfulness, we commit every wrong. - Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔
ཨཱོཾ་མ་ཏྲི་མུ་ཡེ་སལེ་འདུ།།

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Re: Dharma Gems

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:28 pm

Speech having four qualities is well-spoken, not ill-spoken, and
blameless, not blameworthy, among the wise. What four?

A bhikkhu speaks only what is well-spoken, not what is ill-spoken;
what is Dharma, not what is not-Dharma; what is kindly, not what is
unkind; what is the truth, not what is false. This speech is well-spoken,
not ill-spoken, and blameless, not blameworthy among the wise.

This is what the Radiant One said, then he spoke further.

Now peaceful Ones say: first speak the well-spoken,
and second, speak Dharma but not its opposite,
what’s kind do speak, third, not the unkind,
while fourth, speak the truth but never the false.
Suttanipata 453
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: Dharma Gems

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:35 pm

The deluded claim that the false is true, but they fail to see the truth in the falsity; the enlightened see that the false is not true, and so they are able to see the truth in falsity.
Fa Zang
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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