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Re: Dharma Gems

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:40 am
by Sennin
  • The definition of the Mahayana is that it is the method of obtaining the result of complete omniscience.
Sonam Tsemo

Re: Dharma Gems

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:30 pm
by Sennin
/gzod nas dag pas sems can skye bar la ' gyur/
Pure from the beginning, where can the mind itself arise?

Re: Dharma Gems

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:03 am
by Losal Samten
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!

Re: Dharma Gems

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:24 pm
by Losal Samten
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.

Re: Dharma Gems

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:15 am
by Nicholas Weeks
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

Re: Dharma Gems

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:20 am
by Nicholas Weeks
Don’t be too biased; be evenhanded to friends and enemies.
1. A Garland of Essential Advice on Societal Values
by Dromtönpa (1005–64)

Re: Dharma Gems

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:52 pm
by Nicholas Weeks
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:


Re: Dharma Gems

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:09 pm
by Nicholas Weeks
The 'wisdom being Mañjuśrī' is fundamental bodhicitta. Great, primal wisdom contemplates equality, and compassion concerns itself with the welfare of transient beings.

Re: Dharma Gems

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

Re: Dharma Gems

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:57 am
by Losal Samten
  • Don’t burden others with your expectations. Understanding their limitations can inspire compassion instead of disappointment, ensuring beneficial and workable relationships. Remember that you have only a short time together. Be grateful for each day you share.
~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Re: Dharma Gems

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:26 am
by 如傑優婆塞
“One person, mendicants, arises in the world for the welfare and happiness of the people, out of compassion for the world, for the benefit, welfare, and happiness of gods and humans. What one person? The Realized One, the Perfected One, the Fully Awakened Buddha. This is the one person, mendicants, who arises in the world for the welfare and happiness of the people, out of compassion for the world, for the benefit, welfare, and happiness of gods and humans.” AN

'A person who wishes to attain Buddha-wisdom must not be small and clinging. Can a person who takes a single step forward and the rests completely hope to see the jeweled city of Enlightenment?' ’On Encouraging Those with a Connection to Buddhism’ (J: Kan en no sho; 勸緣疏)

Re: Dharma Gems

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:55 pm
by Nicholas Weeks
5. This difficult Dharma, extensive and profound,
Is like a monarch—difficult to please;
Yet if pleased, it likewise will bestow
The riches of sublime qualities.

6. The purest, priceless jewel will not delight
The eyes of those who cannot see its worth.
This Dharma is the same for those who lack discernment.
But for those who are their opposites, each will bring commensurate delight.
Excerpt From Padmakara translation, chapter 1 of Mahayanasutralamkara

Re: Dharma Gems

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:15 am
by Monlam Tharchin
Tulku Thondup wrote:If you keep focusing your mind one-pointedly on the presence of Buddha Chenrezig — or on some particular aspect of him, such as his loving-kindness or his eyes looking lovingly at us — then before long a powerful feeling of devotional energy is certain to emerge in your mindstream. Once that happens, a heat of joy and bliss will arise in every part of your mind and body because of a mental and physical suppleness such as you have never felt before. If you have already experienced this, it will augment the experience.

When this experience happens, you should allow the blissful heat generated by the development of loving-kindness to increase without grasping at or being attached to it. Then the precious bodhichitta unstained by the obscurations of defiled concepts will awaken in you. In the minds of those who follow the path of devotion, these enlightening effects will miraculously manifest before their own eyes.