Dharma Gems

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Re: Dharma Gems

Post by Mönlam Tharchin » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:47 pm

Master So Sahn wrote:Not following after the thinking mind is what is meant by “precepts” (sila). Not giving rise to thinking, but keeping a mind before thinking arises is what is known as “meditation” (samadhi). And not being guided into action by foolish thought is what is known as “wisdom” (prajna).

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Post by Nicholas Weeks » Thu May 09, 2019 2:24 pm

Noble son, bodhisattvas endowed with ten qualities have knowledge of the
world. What are those ten? They are humility toward the haughty, no pride
when facing the proud, honesty toward the deceitful, truthfulness toward liars,
gentle words toward unskilled speakers, loving words toward the vicious,
patience toward the aggressive, love toward the brutal, compassion toward the
suffering, and sharing when meeting the stingy. Noble son, bodhisattvas who
possess these ten such qualities have knowledge of the world.
Ratnamegha Sutra, 573
Glorious one, creator of all goodness, Mañjuśrī, his glorious eminence!
Manjushri-namasamgiti

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Post by 如傑優婆塞 » Thu May 09, 2019 3:25 pm

As for Ven. Anuruddha, having bowed down to the Blessed One, he sat to one side.
As he was sitting there the Blessed One said to him, "Good, Anuruddha, very good. It's good that you think these thoughts of a great person:
'This Dhamma is for one who is modest, not for one who is self-aggrandizing.
This Dhamma is for one who is content, not for one who is discontent.
This Dhamma is for one who is reclusive, not for one who is entangled.
This Dhamma is for one whose persistence is aroused, not for one who is lazy.
This Dhamma is for one whose mindfulness is established, not for one whose mindfulness is confused.
This Dhamma is for one whose mind is centered, not for one whose mind is uncentered.
This Dhamma is for one endowed with discernment, not for one whose discernment is weak.'
Now then, Anuruddha, think the eighth thought of a great person:
'This Dhamma is for one who enjoys non-objectification, who delights in non-objectification, not for one who enjoys & delights in objectification.'

Anuruddha Sutta

Day and night, at all times,
Buddha’s disciples should
Mindfully recite and contemplate
The eight realizations of Great Beings.

More in Sutra of the Eight Realizations of Great Beings

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Re: Dharma Gems

Post by 如傑優婆塞 » Thu May 09, 2019 3:27 pm

“Excellent, Sāriputta. Excellent. Those who have not known, seen, penetrated, realized, or attained it by means of discernment would have to take it on conviction in others that the faculty of conviction… persistence… mindfulness… concentration… discernment, when developed & pursued, gains a footing in the deathless, has the deathless as its final end & consummation; whereas those who have known, seen, penetrated, realized, & attained it by means of discernment would have no doubt or uncertainty that the faculty of conviction… persistence… mindfulness… concentration… discernment, when developed & pursued, gains a footing in the deathless, has the deathless as its final end & consummation.” Pubbakoṭṭhaka Sutta

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Post by SunWuKong » Thu May 09, 2019 4:08 pm

如傑優婆塞 wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 3:27 pm
“Excellent, Sāriputta. Excellent. Those who have not known, seen, penetrated, realized, or attained it by means of discernment would have to take it on conviction in others that the faculty of conviction… persistence… mindfulness… concentration… discernment, when developed & pursued, gains a footing in the deathless, has the deathless as its final end & consummation; whereas those who have known, seen, penetrated, realized, & attained it by means of discernment would have no doubt or uncertainty that the faculty of conviction… persistence… mindfulness… concentration… discernment, when developed & pursued, gains a footing in the deathless, has the deathless as its final end & consummation.” Pubbakoṭṭhaka Sutta
great quote - real Dharma Gem!
"We are magical animals that roam" ~ Roam

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Post by Mönlam Tharchin » Mon May 13, 2019 4:58 am

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Guru Yoga instructions wrote:There is no difference between myself and others:
None of us wishes even the slightest of sufferings
Nor is ever content with the happiness we have.
Realizing this, I seek your blessings that I may
Enhance the bliss and joy of others.

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Post by 如傑優婆塞 » Mon May 13, 2019 5:24 am

"In the same way, in the course of the future there will be monks who won't listen when discourses that are words of the Tathagata — deep, deep in their meaning, transcendent, connected with emptiness — are being recited. They won't lend ear, won't set their hearts on knowing them, won't regard these teachings as worth grasping or mastering.

But they will listen when discourses that are literary works — the works of poets, elegant in sound, elegant in rhetoric, the work of outsiders, words of disciples — are recited. They will lend ear and set their hearts on knowing them. They will regard these teachings as worth grasping & mastering.

"In this way the disappearance of the discourses that are words of the Tathagata — deep, deep in their meaning, transcendent, connected with emptiness — will come about.

"Thus you should train yourselves: 'We will listen when discourses that are words of the Tathagata — deep, deep in their meaning, transcendent, connected with emptiness — are being recited. We will lend ear, will set our hearts on knowing them, will regard these teachings as worth grasping & mastering.' That's how you should train yourselves."
Ani Sutta

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Re: Dharma Gems

Post by 如傑優婆塞 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:43 am

“The 84,000 teachings of Buddhism are preaching the only one word, ‘death.’
Therefore, it can be said that one who never forgets death naturally understands the all 84,000 teachings of Buddhism.”

(Shoko-bo Bencho Shonin [1162-1238], the second founder of Jodo Shu)

The purpose of studying Buddhadharma is to put an end to birth and death.
Short Quotes Of Wisdom From Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

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Re: Dharma Gems

Post by 如傑優婆塞 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:45 am

"There are these five facts that one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained. Which five?

"'I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging.'
This is the first fact that one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained.

"'I am subject to illness, have not gone beyond illness.' ...

"'I am subject to death, have not gone beyond death.' ...

"'I will grow different, separate from all that is dear and appealing to me.' ...

"'I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and have my actions as my arbitrator.
Whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that will I fall heir.' ...

"These are the five facts that one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained.

Upajjhatthana Sutta

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Re: Dharma Gems

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:15 am

As a river rushes to the sea,
As the sun and moon glide across the mountains of the west,
As days and nights, hours and moments flee,
Life flows away, inexorably.
Padmasambhava
Glorious one, creator of all goodness, Mañjuśrī, his glorious eminence!
Manjushri-namasamgiti

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