Dharma Gems

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Post by Sennin » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:40 am

  • The definition of the Mahayana is that it is the method of obtaining the result of complete omniscience.
Sonam Tsemo
He in whose heart the words of the master have entered,
Sees the truth like a treasure in his own palm. -- Saraha

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Re: Dharma Gems

Post by Sennin » Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:30 pm

Āryaprajñāpāramitāsaṃcayagātha:
/gzod nas dag pas sems can skye bar la ' gyur/
Pure from the beginning, where can the mind itself arise?
He in whose heart the words of the master have entered,
Sees the truth like a treasure in his own palm. -- Saraha

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Re: Dharma Gems

Post by Losal Samten » Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:03 am

Uniting Outer and Inner Solitude by Paltrul Rinpoche

  • These delightful mountain solitudes
    Are like the family estate to the supreme guide’s heirs,
    And, as the best of protectors himself has said,
    To rely on solitude is indeed the pinnacle of joys!

    Forests, hermitages, and isolated dwelling places—
    These are the outer solitude of the Victor’s heirs.
    Avoiding selfishness and fainthearted fears—
    This is the bodhisattvas’ internal isolation.

    Keeping, therefore, to outer forms of solitude,
    Tame the inner afflictions through tranquillity and insight
    And aspire to the supreme conduct of Samantabhadra—
    Possessing such good fortune one is truly the Buddha’s heir.

    With sweetly cascading mountain streams,
    Rocky mountain shelters ascending to heaven,
    And gently falling dewdrops of whitest moonlight,
    This mountain retreat surpasses even the deva realm.

    The dance of the slender trees does not stir the passions,
    And sweet birdsong brings neither attachment nor aversion,
    Enveloped in nonconceptuality’s gentle, cooling shade—
    Such youthful companionship is surely better than a silent void!

    Undisturbed by noisy chatter, that thorn in meditation’s side,
    Alone in this excellent place of unattended solitude,
    The old monkey of the mind has nowhere left to roam
    And, settling down within, finds satisfaction.

    Under the bright, oppressive sunlight of busy, bustling crowds,
    Our faults and unhelpful thoughts eclipse the constellations,
    But when embraced by threefold solitude’s cooling nectar beams,
    Such faults can easily be overcome through proper antidotes.

    When it is undisturbed by rippling thoughts of sadness,
    The pool-like surface of the mind is still, unmoving,
    And faith and compassion’s reflections readily arise.
    In such constancy, what need is there for a companion?

    If the mirror of mind is wiped clean, time and again,
    And uncluttered with objects or circumstances,
    Study, reflection, and meditation present a clear impression.
    What is there to prevent the dawn of Dharma’s light?

    Hunger, thirst, cold, and the like—all forms of physical affliction—
    Together with sadness, fear, and all such mental suffering,
    Can, through the teachings, enhance the purifying path
    And, unburdened by avoidance or indulgence, adorn the mind!
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 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:24 pm

On the Merit of the Buddha's Body - Khenchen Abbey

  • It is said that ten times the merit of all sentient beings is equivalent to the merit that is the cause of producing one pore of the Buddha’s body. One hundred times the merit that is able to produce all the pores of the Buddha’s body will produce one of the minor marks of enlightened perfection.

    One thousand times the merit that produces all the eighty minor marks of enlightened perfection produces one of the thirty-two major marks of enlightened perfection. Among the thirty-two major marks of enlightened perfection, twenty-nine of them can individually be produced by one thousand times the merit that produces all the eighty minor marks of enlightened perfection.

    Now, ten thousand times the merit that produces each of the other twenty-nine major marks of enlightened perfection will produce the curl of hair located between the eyebrows of the Buddha. One hundred thousand times the merit that produces the curl of hair will produce the ushnisha [the protuberance at the top of the Buddha’s head]. Ten million times the merit needed to produce the ushnisha will produce the “conch of Dharma.” The conch of Dharma seems to signify the Buddha’s voice.
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 Jun 04, 2018 12:15 am

4 Just as earth’s essence can be turned into pure gold
by cleaning away the stains of rust,
even those who have limited intelligence can become
more learned if they listen a lot to wise sayings.

5 No one but someone with great analytical wisdom
can distinguish right from wrong.
Is there any use for stones other than
a jewel that grants all your wishes?

6 Thus those who wish to be learned
should hold on to precious gems of wise sayings,
and, whether they be large or small,
wear them as jewels that beautify the mind.
Paṇchen Chökyi Nyima (1883–1937), in his Treatise on Earth
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Post by Nicholas Weeks » Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:20 am

Don’t be too biased; be evenhanded to friends and enemies.
1. A Garland of Essential Advice on Societal Values
by Dromtönpa (1005–64)
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Post by Nicholas Weeks » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:52 pm

5 Rays of sun do not penetrate a cave facing north;
that is the genuine nature of things. Nevertheless,
because light can shine into cavities facing other directions
I decided to produce something to clear away enveloping darkness.

6 Setting aside religion, progress even
in ordinary affairs depends on merit.
So worship the holy, give generously to the poor, and so on
to amass the great collection that is increased by good deeds.

7 Because you are not clairvoyant it is difficult to sift through
all advice and counsel. Categorize the importance of situations
by analyzing place, time, occasion, and whether friend, enemy, or neutral party.
Doing that and then taking action is the height of manliness.
A Pearl Garland of Advice
by The Fifth Dalai Lama (1617–82)

These last three gems are from a new translation by Beth Newman:

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Re: Dharma Gems

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:09 pm

The 'wisdom being Mañjuśrī' is fundamental bodhicitta. Great, primal wisdom contemplates equality, and compassion concerns itself with the welfare of transient beings.
Vimalamitra
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Re: Dharma Gems

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:12 pm

Good, good! Those without the faculty
of faith, those who are weary or sluggish in mind, those who have not
accumulated efforts, those whose vigor recedes, those who are satisfied with
meager virtues, those imbued with only one root of goodness, those
unskilled in carrying out practical vows , those who are not in the care of
spiritual benefactors, those who are not minded by the buddhas, cannot
know this true nature, this principle, this sphere, this abode - they are
unable to know, to fathom, to penetrate, to believe, to conceive, to know
exactly, or to attain.
Manjushri praises Sudhana in Avatamsaka Sutra
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