Dharma Gems

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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
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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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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
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ཨཱོཾ་མ་ཏྲི་མུ་ཡེ་སལེ་འདུ།།

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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
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ཨཱོཾ་མ་ཏྲི་མུ་ཡེ་སལེ་འདུ།།

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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
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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
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Post by Losal Samten » Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:50 pm

Mipham - On Pure Land Practice

  • When someone who has the love that wishes to protect all beings from degeneration and who desires to train in that [conduct] carefully inspects, they see how beings are fiercely oppressed by karma and afflictive emotions and are in lack of exquisiteness such as insight and the like. Thus, they see the best way to easily complete all the deeds of Samantabhadra for anyone who finds it difficult to practice the profound and vast paths is [simply] praying to be born in the Land of Bliss.

    The reason for this is because birth in the pure land is possible just through faith and aspiration on account of the buddha’s prayers and wisdom; you will effortlessly attain the exquisite qualities connected with faith after having been born there; and you will complete the entirety of Samantabhadra’s deeds without the possibility of ever regressing from the path.

    Perceiving the actual power of that approach, the King of Prayers states:

    • When it comes time for me to die,
      Let all my obscurations be dispelled
      Directly beholding Limitless Light
      I will go immediately to the Land of Bliss
      Having made it to the [pure land]
      May all my prayers be fulfilled without exception!
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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Post by Losal Samten » Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:52 pm

Mipham - On Pure Land Practice Signs

  • In brief, after having understood the qualities associated with being born in the pure land and the way in which you are born there, you should strive to continuously generate as much faithful diligence as you can every day and night, and dedicate all roots of virtue towards being born in the pure land. If you practice in that way, there will be signs. Those of highest capacity will actually behold the guide Amitabha in this life, receive a prophecy, and gain assurance of being born in the pure land; those of middling capacity will receive blessings in the way of experience; and even those of lowest capacity will have dreams with the features of the pure land and the teacher.

    Though you may lack clear signs—let alone repeatedly engendering faith and aspiration in this life—if someone makes you hear the name of the buddha on the verge of death and you generate the aspiration to be born in the pure land, you will be born there. This is so because, no matter how clear your perception may be at the time of death, they possess an incredible power because of the buddha’s extraordinary prayers. Even remembering the buddha’s name in the intermediate state (bar do) will cause you to be immediately born in the pure land since you are easily transformed in the intermediate state and the power of the buddha’s prayers is extremely great.

    Needless to say, applying the key points of practice in this [life], at the moment of death, and in the intermediate state is crucial. It is thus only logical that anyone with intelligence and good fortune would take as a yogic practice this foremost method which conveniently draws the marvellous bodhisattva qualities into your mindstream with little difficulty based on the Bliss Gone One’s teachings.
Lacking mindfulness, we commit every wrong. - Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
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ཨཱོཾ་མ་ཏྲི་མུ་ཡེ་སལེ་འདུ།།

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Post by Nicholas Weeks » Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:37 pm

This is the only place I have found Ju Mipham's text in English. Wonder if there is in print or some other site where one can read only the root text of Ju Mipham - no comments?

http://www.khenposodargye.org/teachings/pure-land/
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Post by Losal Samten » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:25 am

  • At all times, again and again, we should make vast prayers for the sake of all beings.

    When falling asleep we should think, 'May all beings achieve the absolute state'; when waking up, 'May all beings awake into the enlightened state'; when getting up, 'May all beings obtain the body of the Buddha'; when putting on clothes, 'May all beings have modesty and sense of shame'; when lighting a fire, 'May all beings burn the wood of disturbing emotions'; when eating, 'May all beings eat the food of concentration'; when opening a door, 'May all beings open the door to the city of liberation'; when closing a door 'May all beings close the door to lower realms'; when going outside, 'May I set out on the path to free all beings'; when walking uphill, 'May I take all beings to the higher realms'; when walking downhill, 'May I go to free beings from lower realms'; when seeing happiness, 'May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddhahood'; when seeing suffering, 'May the suffering of all beings be pacified'.

~Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
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 Dec 04, 2017 2:25 pm

Very similar to chapter 11 of the Avatamsaka Sutra:

http://www.cttbusa.org/avatamsaka/avatamsaka11.asp
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Post by Nicholas Weeks » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:14 pm

"Four conditions, Vyagghapajja, conduce to a householder's weal and happiness in this very life. Which four?

"The accomplishment of persistent effort (utthana-sampada), the accomplishment of watchfulness (arakkha-sampada), good friendship (kalyanamittata) and balanced livelihood (sama-jivikata).

"What is the accomplishment of persistent effort?

"Herein, Vyagghapajja, by whatsoever activity a householder earns his living, whether by farming, by trading, by rearing cattle, by archery, by service under the king, or by any other kind of craft — at that he becomes skillful and is not lazy. He is endowed with the power of discernment as to the proper ways and means; he is able to carry out and allocate (duties). This is called the accomplishment of persistent effort.
AN 8:54
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Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:33 am

What is the accomplishment of watchfulness?

Herein, Vyagghapajja, whatsoever wealth a householder is in possession of, obtained by dint of effort, collected by strength of arm, by the sweat of his brow, justly acquired by right means — such he husbands well by guarding and watching so that kings would not seize it, thieves would not steal it, fire would not burn it, water would not carry it away, nor ill-disposed heirs remove it. This is the accomplishment of watchfulness.

What is good friendship?

Herein, Vyagghapajja, in whatsoever village or market town a householder dwells, he associates, converses, engages in discussions with householders or householders' sons, whether young and highly cultured or old and highly cultured, full of faith (saddha), full of virtue (sila), full of charity (caga), full of wisdom (pañña). He acts in accordance with the faith of the faithful, with the virtue of the virtuous, with the charity of the charitable, with the wisdom of the wise. This is called good friendship.

What is balanced livelihood?

Herein, Vyagghapajja, a householder knowing his income and expenses leads a balanced life, neither extravagant nor miserly, knowing that thus his income will stand in excess of his expenses, but not his expenses in excess of his income.
AN 8:54
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Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:36 pm

Lastly, a verse summation:
Energetic and heedful in his tasks,
Wisely administering his wealth,
He lives a balanced life,
Protecting what he has amassed.

Endowed with faith and virtue too,
Generous he is and free from avarice;
He ever works to clear the path
That leads to weal in future life.

Thus to the layman full of faith,
By him, so truly named 'Enlightened,'
These eight conditions have been told
Which now and after lead to bliss.
AN 8:54
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Post by SunWuKong » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:01 am

"We are magical animals that roam" - by Roam; posted on anonymous chat board
"Cast off body and mind" (身心脱落 shēn xīn tuō luò)

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