AWAKENING MIND (2)



Well-being ~ HH Dalai Lama

“The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.”

~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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The precious teachings of the Buddha ~ Dalai Lama

What the great master Shakyamuni Buddha has accomplished here on this earth, I wish to continue from life to life and share his precious teachings with all sentient beings.

~ The Dalai Lama

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The arising of wisdom

Since all phenomena are naturally pure,
Meditate on the emptiness of self-existence.

Fully endowed with bodhicitta,
Meditate on the concept of great compassion.

Since the nature is unseeable luminosity,
Meditate on not being attached to anything at all.

Mind is the cause for the arising of wisdom.
Do not search for the Buddha elsewhere.

~ From the Mahāyāna Sutra, the Noble Wisdom of Passing

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The nature of true reality

The perfect Buddhabody is all-pervading [dharmakaya]
Reality cannot be differentiated
and everyone has the disposition. [innate/ intrinsic nature]
Therefore all beings have Buddha-Nature.

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Because everything is by nature empty ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

“Because everything is by nature empty, infinite manifestations can arise: from the natural creative potential of emptiness all the phenomena of samsara and nirvana can manifest as an infinite display. Although all these manifestations arise, it is not as if they are permanent when they are there and impermanent when they are no longer there. Everything arises as in a dream or like a magical illusion.

It is like a rainbow, which, though it appears clearly in the sky, is not solid. It is apparent yet empty. But its emptiness and its appearance are not two separate aspects. It is not that the rainbow being present is one aspect and its being empty is another. The rainbow is simultaneously apparent and empty, and there is no other emptiness than the rainbow itself. The same is true for all the phenomena of samsara and nirvana: they are empty from the very moment they appear.”

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Zurchungpa’s Testament – on Concentration – Collected Works, Vol III pg 196 – Shambhala

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Taking Disturbing Emotions As The Path ~ Padmasambhava

[…Question]: “Shouldn’t a practitioner of Secret Mantra take all disturbing emotions as the path?”

Padmasambhava replied: Of course they should be brought onto the path! But only a peacock can feed on poison. The person who is able to take disturbing emotions as path without abandoning them is rarer than the udumvara flower.

While for someone of the highest caliber a disturbing emotion manifests as a helper, for a person of lesser capacity it becomes a poison. For this lesser type of person, it is more profound to abandon disturbing emotions!

[Question]: “After how much abandoning does one become adept?” […]

When you are not attached to disturbing emotions and sense-pleasures and they are experienced as magical illusions, then you needn’t suppress disturbing emotions even when they do arise, as they don’t harm. When they don’t arise, you have no desire to produce them as you are free from expectations.

When that happens, disturbing emotions have been brought onto the path.

To try to utilize disturbing emotions as path while not having turned away from clinging to solid reality is like a fly becoming stuck in honey.

[…], cut through straying in these ways!”.

~ from ‘The Golden Rosary of Nectar’ as translated in ‘Advice From the Lotus Born’ – Padmasambhava

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The true source of fear ~ 17th Karmapa

The true source of fear is this: the clinging to self, to identity. Because I see self as something separate, something whole, something that is solid and independent, therefore, I fear losing that independent self; I fear being sick, I fear something bad happening to “me”. This is the true source of all fear.

~ 17th Karmapa

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Meditation course (Tibetan Buddha Dharma)

[…] Anyway what are we going to do, what are we planning to do in this meditation course? The actions we are doing here are new actions that we haven’t done before—actions of body, speech, and mind. These are not ordinary old actions.

This meditation course is a holy method to make our mind, speech, and body holy. So, of course, there are many hindrances—billions and billions of hindrances. There are even great hindrances to do the ordinary temporal work of looking after oneself. If even such worldly action has hindrances, why not this? In general, there are many kinds of hindrances—inner, outer, and secret hindrances.

Therefore, first I am going to do a little puja in order to stop the hindrances to explaining the Dharma and listening to and practicing the Dharma, the holy method. This is a holy method that causes the body, speech, and mind to transcend into the vajra body, speech, and mind—which means indestructible holy body, speech, and mind. Transcend from what? From the impure body, speech, and mind that is the fundamental source of problems and suffering. It is clear that if you don’t have such an impure mind, you don’t have the problems. It is the same thing for the body—if you don’t have the impure body there is no way for physical problems to arise.

Those of you who wish to should visualize the following as I do the puja…. https://www.lamayeshe.com/…/chapter/mind-beginningless-0

Explore more from this literal transcription of the teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Fifth Kopan Meditation Course which form an auto-commentary on the course text, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘪𝘴𝘩-𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘎𝘰𝘭𝘥𝘦𝘯 𝘚𝘶𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘔𝘢𝘩𝘢𝘺𝘢𝘯𝘢 𝘛𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨.

https://www.lamayeshe.com/…/chapter/mind-beginningless-0

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When building a house ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

When building a house, you must begin with the foundation. Without it, the house will fall down. Likewise, to practice the highest teachings of tantra, you must have the foundation of renunciation, bodhicitta, and right view. Without it, no matter how much tantra that you think you are practicing, it would be like trying to build a house on thin ice.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

Renunciation is the determination to be free from samsara (uncontrollably recurring rebirth).

Bodhicitta is the compassionate wish to attain the enlightened state of a buddha for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Right view is the right understanding of reality (the emptiness of self and all phenomena).

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Purification of mind

Many of us have mood swings. When we feel happy, we have energy, we have inspiration, and we smile. When we feel sad, we are tired, we are uninspired, and we frown. Yet these emotions are superficial.

Underlying these emotions is the primordial mind of clear light, luminosity. It is always there, and has always been there, but rarely recognized. When the clouds fill the sky, we have confidence that the sun is still there even though obscured. In the same way, when our emotions and thoughts fill our mind, we have confidence that the primordial mind of clear light, luminosity, is there. This is the one when purified of all our superficial emotions, thoughts, and negative attitudes, goes on to become an omniscient fully enlightened Buddha. Emaho!

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Training the Mind

Words of Wisdom

« You want to kick a bad habit …

You must first know that a habit is a cliché that has imprinted itself on your subtle bodies!

Once printed, it is reproduced ad infinitum … This is why, even if afterwards we regret having let ourselves be carried away again, it is not of much use: we commit the fault again, then to again we regret it.

It is an endless chain of faults and remorse.

Because remorse has also inscribed its cliché; that is why it comes back each time after the fault, but it does not help to correct it …

And what should be done then?

Cover the first cliché, that is to say, replace bad habits by applying, little by little, and consciously, to nourish better thoughts, better feelings, and above all better behavior.

These are all new recordings, new shots that will manage to neutralize the old ones …

They will not erase them, because in nature nothing is erased, but they will cover them up and it is they who will now act. »

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Negative karma (action) ~ HH The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Rinpoche

“The Buddha cannot take away our negative karma; it is up to us to do the practice. An analogy illuminates this situation. Imagine a person standing in a large open field with a tent in the middle.

Suddenly a huge hail storm pours down and they have the choice of running around the field and suffering or entering the tent for protection. The field represents samsara and the tent, the practice of Dharma and the Three Jewels. If the person does not enter the tent of practice, the Buddha cannot protect them from samsara.

So it is in our hands to take up the practices that lead to full awakening. And the first stage is going for refuge with our whole being to what is the most precious, the Three Jewels of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.”

~ HH The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Rinpoche

From His Teachings on “The Torch of Certainty”

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[* Seeds & imprints, patterns of negative action in the mindstream (mental continuum), remain until purified, through ultimately realising the true nature of mind (nonduality). Therefore apply to practice of dharma (true understanding). A cause and effect universe. In order to liberate the mind from continuing in deluded states (which arise from attachment to self/ duality/unawareness of mind’s true nature) and results in continuous rebirth in samsara].



An Overview of the Five Texts of Maitreya

Highly Recommended for All Serious Students of Dharma

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The five treatises of the next Buddha Maitreya are crucial and celebrated because they provide a comprehensive overview of all the essential elements of mahāyāna motivation, view, meditation, conduct, and fruition in a very concise form. Thus, they resemble zip-files that contain all the profound and vast topics of the entire mahāyāna Buddhism.

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The Appearance of Buddhas in The World

The appearance of Buddhas in the world is due to the power of the interdependent arising of sources of virtue based on beings’ pure intentions, together with the buddhas’ great aspirations made in the past; just as when someone’s reflection appears in a clean mirror.

Although in worldly beings’ domain of experience it does indeed appear undeceiving, the Tathāgata does not have any ordinary aggregates, elements or sense-sources—not even to the slightest degree—since he is the utterly unfathomable wisdom kāya equal to the dharmadhātu, the basic space of phenomena.

In the Sūtra of the Ornament of the Appearances of Wisdom it says:

The Tathāgata, by inexhaustible virtue, Is a reflection of dharmas; Since there is no thusness (tathātā), there is also no Tathāgata. In all worlds he appears only as a reflection.

Also, from the Samādhi in which the Present Buddha Abides Directly:

Buddhas are analyzed by bodhisattvas. Their mind is completely pure, naturally luminous, Stainless, not merged with conceptual thoughts. Whoever knows this will attain supreme awakening, buddhahood.

We must examine this with supreme knowledge and understand it.

Having understood this, just as it is with the Tathāgata, we will see that all the phenomena of appearance and existence that are contained within the aggregates, elements, and sense-sources also appear in the world and are experienced as they are through the force of interdependent origination. Yet all these phenomena are no more than mere appearances coming about due to the interdependent arising of their individual causes and conditions. And when they are properly examined, we don’t find even so much as a single atom’s worth of true nature. Just as with magical illusions and appearances during a dream, in reality there is no going or coming, arising or ceasing and so forth at all.

Nevertheless, childish ordinary beings, who cling to appearances as existing the way they appear and who have forsaken individual analysis, cling to arising and ceasing and the rest as existent. It is as if a person with cataracts has no notion that the falling hairs which affect their vision should be removed. Throughout beginningless time our minds have been tainted by the ‘cataracts’ of ignorance, as a result of which we do not know how things genuinely are.

Those who have realized the way things genuinely are, meanwhile, do not need to be rid of appearances, because they can see that although things appear, they are not real at all.

Having seen this, they realize that all phenomena are naturally and primordially unborn.

The Sūtra Requested by Anavatapta says:

Whatever was born from conditions was not born; It is essentially devoid of birth. Whatever relies on conditions is empty, it is taught. Whoever knows emptiness is careful.

Also, in the Mother of the Victorious Ones, the Prajñāpāramitā, it says:

All phenomena are like illusions and dreams. Nirvāṇa as well is like an illusion and dream. If there is any dharma superior to nirvāṇa, it too is illusory and dreamlike.

Furthermore, from the King of Samādhi Sūtra:

Just like mirages, cities of gandharvas, Like magical illusions, like dreams, Conceptual meditation is essentially empty. Understand all phenomena to be like this.

And in the Root Knowledge of the Middle Way it is taught:

Like a dream, like a magical display, Like a city of gandharvas, just so— Both arising and dwelling and, likewise, Destruction—all were taught to be like this.

No matter how the Buddha’s body appears to the mind, therefore, all acts of focusing on it are non-existent from the beginning. And all phenomena are the same, ourselves included. Whatever is one’s own nature, is the nature of the Buddha. Whatever is the nature of the Buddha, that is also the nature of all phenomena.

From the Sūtra of the Ornament of the Appearances of Wisdom:

Permanently unborn phenomena are the Tathāgata. All phenomena are like the Sugata. Those with childish minds who grasp at characteristics. Interact with phenomena that do not exist throughout all worlds.

From the Condensed Prajñāpāramitā:

Understand all sentient beings to be like oneself. Understand all phenomena to be like sentient beings. Not conceptualizing things as either unborn or born—This is the practice of the supreme Prajñāpāramitā.

And from the Root Knowledge of the Middle Way:

Whoever forms mental constructs about the Buddha, Who is beyond constructs and inexhaustible, Will be brought down by their constructs. They will not see the Tathāgata. Whatever is the nature of the Tathāgata, That is the nature of these wanderers. The Tathāgata is without self-nature. These wanderers also lack self-nature.

In the natural state, the ultimate nature, all phenomena are perfectly equal in the dharmadhātu, the basic space of phenomena, that is beyond all the webs of mental constructs, such as the notions of being born, unborn, and so on.

From the Sūtra Requested by Sāgaramati (Ocean of Intelligence):

This dharma is stainless, pure, virtuous, naturally luminous; Like the sky, equal, and primordially unarisen. Unborn, unarisen, without abiding, and without ceasing—This is the victorious ones’ stainless, unwavering seal.

From the Avataṃsaka Sūtra:

Fine and crystalline, the path of great sages, Non-conceptual, not the conceived, difficult to look at. Naturally peaceful, without ceasing, without arising, It is realized by the wise who clearly understand. Empty of essence, peaceful, devoid of suffering, Free from the continuum, equal nirvāṇa, Free from centre and extremes, inexpressible, Free throughout the three times, like the sky.

From the Sūtra Spoken in the Presence of Noble Rāhula:

Inconceivable, inexpressible, the Prajñāpāramitā, Unborn, unceasing, the nature of space, Object of the wisdom of individual self-awareness—To the mother of the victorious ones of the three times, I prostrate!

The protector Nāgārjuna taught:

Not known from other, peaceful, and Not elaborated by elaborations, Free from concepts, devoid of plurality—That is the definition of suchness.

Accordingly, the yogi who resolves thusness—that which is beyond all expressions, elaborations, and objects of focus—at first by means of the samādhi that realises all phenomena to be like illusions rests in equanimity on the Tathāgata’s illusory body. He or she should look at the body of the Tathāgata and then when listening to Dharma and so forth train in the manifestations of illusory objects of experience.

If the yogi then rests in inexpressible equanimity, the emptiness that is to be individually recognized, in that manner he or she will attain the patience towards the dharma that is concordant with dharma. And owing to that there is no doubt that before long the yogi will attain in actuality the wisdom of the path of seeing.

This is clearly explained in the pith instructions for taking into experience the meaning of the Samādhi in which the Present Buddha Abides Directly and the Same Arrangement Samādhi.

Even those who are not able to practice like this should engage in the yoga of continually recalling the Teacher, Lord of the Sages, as is taught in the Treasury of Blessings.

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Nothing additional… Study the nature of reality
[Dharma antidote to delusion (misperception/ mistaken view)]

As long as the fundamental [foundation/ unmistaken] view of Buddhism is not lost, there is no problem. […]

I have met people in the West who are excessively attached to the external trappings of Buddhism. There is all this sentimental attachment to Tibetan customs and culture, and the actual Buddhist view is overlooked. In fact, I have heard that in creating a so-called “American Buddhism,” some people are saying, “Okay, maybe the Buddha’s view should be changed, now that Buddhism is in America.” And that’s not good.

I would prefer that Americans really stick with the Buddha’s view, the emptiness of inherent existence, that everything composite is impermanent, and so on. It doesn’t matter if they leave out Tibetan culture. The really important thing is that they should accept the dharma.

They should not worry about trying to design something better suited to Americans. The Buddha was an omniscient being. What he said was good for all sentient beings, and that includes us 2500 years later. Nothing additional is necessary now.

~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Reginald A. Ray

In the PRESENCE of MASTERS

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The Undistracted State ~ Patrul Rinpoche

In the undistracted state there is no anger.

It is through the power of delusion that anger arises.
Without distraction, look into the essence of anger.
Look and sustain that, without distraction.
Anger is no more: it turns into emptiness.
Settle into that empty and clear state, without distraction —
That is the total purification of anger.
It is called the mirror-like wisdom.

In the undistracted state there is no pride.

It is through the power of delusion that pride arises.
Without distraction, look into the essence of pride.
Look and sustain that, without distraction.
Pride is no more: it turns into emptiness.
Settle into that empty and clear state, without distraction —
That is the total purification of pride.
It is called the equalizing wisdom.

In the undistracted state there is no attachment.

It is through the power of delusion that attachment arises.
Without distraction, look into the essence of attachment.
Look and sustain that, without distraction.
Attachment is no more: it turns into emptiness.
Settle into that empty and clear state, without distraction —
That is the total purification of attachment.
It is called the wisdom of discernment.

In the undistracted state there is no jealousy.

It is through the power of delusion that jealousy arises.
Without distraction, look into the essence of jealousy.
Look and sustain that, without distraction.
Jealousy is no more: it turns into emptiness.
Settle into that empty and clear state, without distraction —
That is the total purification of jealousy.
It is called the all-accomplishing wisdom.

In the undistracted state there is no confusion.

It is through the power of delusion that confusion arises.
Without distraction, look into the essence of confusion.
Look and sustain that, without distraction.
Confusion is no more: it turns into emptiness.
Settle into that empty and clear state, without distraction —
That is the total purification of confusion.
It is called the wisdom of dharmadhatu.

In the undistracted state there is no dullness.

It is through the power of delusion that dullness arises.
Without distraction, look into the essence of dullness.
Look and sustain that, without distraction.
Dullness is no more: it turns into emptiness.
Settle into that empty and clear state, without distraction —
That is the total purification of dullness.
It is called the wisdom of emptiness and clarity.

In the undistracted state there is no agitation.

It is through the power of delusion that agitation arises.
Without distraction, look into the essence of agitation.
Look and sustain that, without distraction.
Agitation is no more: it turns into emptiness.
Settle in that state that is empty and clear, without distraction —
That is the total purification of agitation.
It is called the unchanging wisdom.

In the undistracted state there are no three poisons.

It is through the power of delusion that the three poisons arise.
Without distraction, look into the essence of the three poisons.
Look and sustain that, without distraction.
The three poisons are no more: they turn into emptiness.
Settle into that empty and clear state, without distraction —
That is the total purification of the three poisons.
It is called the wisdom of the three kāyas.

~ Patrul Rinpoche

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Know that all phenomena are like that…

In the night the reflection of the moon
Appears on clear, undisturbed water,
But it is empty of a moon and there is nothing to grasp.
Know that all phenomena are like that.

The Kangur – Discourses – General Sutra Section
The King of Samadhis Sutra, 9.26
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The King of Samādhis Sūtra | The samādhi of the title does not simply refer to meditation, but is used to designate both the sūtra itself and an entire range of Buddhist practices for conduct, meditation, motivation, and realization. The sūtra enumerates over three hundred of the samādhi’s qualities.



Obstacles ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Obstacles can arise from good as well as bad circumstances, but they should never deter or overpower you. Be like the earth, which supports all living creatures indiscriminately, without distinguishing good from bad. The earth is simply there. Your practice should be strengthened by the difficult situations you encounter, just as a bonfire in a strong wind is not blown out, but blazes even brighter.

It is our mind, and that alone, that chains us or sets us free.

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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Samsara (cycle of rebirth) ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

Samsara is the beginningless and uncontrollable cycle of birth, death, and rebirth in different planes of existence.

Even though your mind has experienced the birth and death of a body infinite times, your mind is beyond birth and death. It has never come into existence, and it will never go out of existence, even when it is finally free from samsara. Only its state changes.

Once liberated from samsara, and all of its sufferings, it is impossible to fall back. Please contemplate this extremely carefully.

You have now met the buddhadharma that shows you the way to liberation, but your precious human rebirth is running out every moment, and every moment counts on the path.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

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Samsara ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

Samsara is beginningless, and potentially endless.

If you look out, you will be stuck in. But if you look in, you will get out.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

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*Samsara is a Sanskrit word that refers to uncontrollably recurring rebirth.



Words of Wisdom

« Do this experiment: for at least a week, strive to conduct yourself, on all occasions, with mastery, wisdom, kindness, generosity …

After these few days, you will find that you are more easily able to face the difficult situations that come your way:

> you feel strengthened as if you had received energies, as if matter had developed within you, a subtle fluid which nourishes the cells of your nervous system !

As soon as you make an effort to improve your behavior, a whole structure is being built, consolidated within you …

You are even surprised !

You wonder how it is that you manage to bear without flinching inconveniences which, before, inspired you with anger, anxiety, or exhausted you nervously …

And, if you still happen to be tired, troubled, discouraged, it does not last: after a prayer, a few moments of meditation, very quickly this energy starts working again in you to restore everything. »


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Your own mind ~ Padmasambhava

All phenomena of samsara and nirvana are your own mind.

~ Padmasambhava

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In order to awaken to the unmistaken view ~ Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

You see, in order to attain enlightenment, we need as they say, the two wings of the bird. One side is compassion, but the other side is wisdom. Now wisdom does not arise just by itself usually. It requires us to cultivate, and the way we cultivate that is through meditation—because through meditation then we realize the nature of the mind and the nature of reality. Just love and compassion alone won’t do it, and that is why the two sides are always emphasized.

~ Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

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Delusion ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“Delusion is like becoming possessed by a spirit during a seance, when someone starts to suddenly hop around and do all kinds of crazy things. This is exactly what has happened to all of us.

Sentient beings are possessed by the ‘spirit’ of ignorance and the 84,000 disturbing emotions, and they are all dancing around doing incredible things. They have undergone all different kinds of pain and misery for so long, aeons upon aeons. But it is a self-created possession. It is not really something from outside.

Buddha nature has lost track of itself and created samsara, but it is also buddha nature, recognizing itself, which clears up the delusion of samsaric existence. The moment of recognition is like the spirit leaving. All of a sudden the possession vanishes. We can’t even say where it went. This is called the ‘collapse of confusion.’ “

~ Tulku Urgen Rinpoche

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Perfection of Patience (establishing the correct view within one’s mindstream/ mental continuum)

Part 16

Wrong views is the most detrimental and we have wrong views ; we think that there is a “me” and “him” [or “her”]. I want all goodness for myself and he [she] can just go to ruin. We naturally have these negative thoughts towards others. For example another wrong view is to say that ‘the dharma is wrong and after we have died we will just be gone like a flower withering. There is no karma, cause and effect or there is no past and future lives and so on. ‘

These are wrong views that leads to the various sufferings in the world. Many people are holding these kinds of wrong views. As a result of engaging in action on the basis of such wrong views, they experience continuous suffering in the six realms of samsara. If you understand that and if you understand the nature of the mind, you know that everything arises from karma. Everything comes down to a cause.

Once that cause is created, it is bound to mature. Therefore if I create the cause of bodhicitta, then naturally this will lead to liberation. It will cause the ice-block of self-grasping to melt. This is what the Buddha has accumulated throughout three endless eons when he practiced the six paramitas. The path of practice begins with the reflection on the four thoughts that turn the mind. Then creating the cause of happiness that is bodhicitta.

~ Garchen Rinpoche

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When one sees with wisdom ~ Buddha

All conditioned things are impermanent – when one sees this with wisdom one turns away from suffering.

~ Buddha

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Less agitation and dullness ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

If you shake your hand in the dark, you will not see its shape, as there is no stability or clarity. But when your hand is still, and there is light, you can see it.

Likewise, it is impossible for your mind to experience great results on the path if it has continuous agitation and dullness.

If there is less agitation and dullness, that means that there is more stability and clarity, and greater power of the mind.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

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Peace in your mind ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

The more eight worldly concerns – the less peace in your mind.
The less eight worldly concerns – the more peace in your mind.
No eight worldly concerns – complete peace in your mind.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

(The eight worldly concerns: Attachment to gain, pleasure, praise, and fame. Aversion to loss, pain, blame, and bad reputation)

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The results of black and white karma (action) follow until purified/ realisation of the nature of true reality

My foes will become nothing.
My friends will become nothing.
I too will become nothing.
Likewise all will become nothing.

Just like a dream experience,
Whatever things I enjoy
Will become a memory.
Whatever have passed will not be seen again.

~ Santideva

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As practitioners ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

AS PRACTITIONERS, we must ask for teachings: we must supplicate the teacher to turn the wheel of Dharma. This is encouraged not only in the Mahayana but in all the yanas. This is why we have the seven-limb supplications.

There is so much benefit in requesting teachings, especially if you supplicate not just for your own benefit. If you request teachings with a motivation triggered by renunciation and compassion (bodhichitta) — if you are requesting the teachings to benefit all beings — this is the supreme way to request.

But if the guru is a proper, brave, qualified master, he might not give the teaching even if he seemingly has all the knowledge, time, and place to give it.

I requested specific tantric teachings from Kyabje Dejung Rinpoche many times over the course of two years. Finally, one day in Nepal, instead of sending me away, he told me to wait.

He appeared to go through the hassle of searching his suitcases and summoning his attendants to search for his almanac. I think I had to wait an hour. He didn’t answer my questions — he didn’t even look in my direction as he was reading the almanac and making notes. Finally he said, “Good. This is the seventh time you asked, so I will teach you.”

The Guru Drinks Bourbon?

~ Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Edited by Amira Ben-Yehuda

Shambhala Boulder 2016

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[*Establishing/ cultivating the mind of a student (open/ empty), able to learn, taming the mind of ego-fixation/ grasping and self-centredness – obstacles to receive the pure dharma].



Wisdom teachers (discovering innate wisdom (manifestations)) ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

“I would like to be a disciple without being one, without hope of learning. I would like to find, through my good karma, auspicious dreams, searching, or through friends, an intelligent and expert, powerful wisdom teacher to show me the truly correct path until the final result. It does not matter if he teaches in a hierarchical style, if he is a gypsy, a beautiful or terrible lady, a monk or nun, a god or demon, a layman or holy man, a janitor or craftsman. And as I would spend more time with this teacher, my actions, seeing, hearing, and thinking would automatically benefit myself and other beings as they would turn into practice. I would become more kind, profound, clear, and reliable.”

~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche in “Gypsy Gossip”

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When we reach beyond the confines of narrow self-interest ~ H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama


When we reach beyond the confines of narrow self-interest, our hearts become filled with strength.

~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

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Perfection of Patience (continued)

Part 14

Even though we have a precious human body, we are unable to protect this love if we have no patience in our mind. Mainly that comes down to considering ourselves as most important. That is why we are not able to be patient with others. So for now we experience God-like happiness as a precious human being. But our six sense consciousnesses are distracted by the five sense pleasures.

We are attached and we possess these sense objects. And as a result of such clinging fixation we develop the six afflictive emotions. We act on them and we accumulate karma and form habitual patterns in the mind. In this way the ice block further solidifies into harder ice. This is where all the suffering in this world comes from. There is no suffering that doesn’t arise from an afflictive emotion.

Ultimately we want to care for our own well being for example there are some who are in charge of entire countries. They say that they want to care for their country but actually what they fail to see is that the country is the people. Instead of really supporting the people, they use their people like objects to create war or serve their own self interests. So they are not actually caring for their country because the country is really the people.

~ Garchen Rinpoche

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Realisation of bodhicitta and emptiness ~ Khandro-la

To tell you honestly, in my mind
I have a very strong belief that the essence
of life is only to have the realization
of bodhichitta and emptiness.
Though it is difficult to gain, my primary wish
is to achieve indestructible faith in these two before I die. If I cannot help people
to generate these things, our meeting
is just a waste of time. Other than that,
I am the poorest by inner, outer and secret perspectives. The best side of me is only
that I met the best Dharma, best practice
and the best lamas [perfection of wisdom].

~ Khandro-la

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[* When continue to cultivate sincere refuge in the 3 Jewels (Unmistaken view) – wisdom manifest in myriad of ways (mind of perfectly pure guru’s/ realised mind, non-dual), guiding us on the path out of samsara (obscuration of the dualistic mind)].




Ground, path and fruition ~ GVCK Tai Situ Rinpoche

“There may be those of you who have decided to follow the tradition of practicing exactly step by step through the preliminaries and deity practices. This is wonderful, this path is very clear, in this lineage everything is laid down for us. Still, if you only did one practice wholeheartedly, like OM MANI PEME HUNG, I can guarantee you that you could still reach Buddhahood.

OM MANI PEME HUNG represents the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and it purifies all the karma we have accumulated through countless lifetimes. The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara’s compassion manifests as OM MANI PEME HUNG to purify all the karma we have accumulated through pride, jealousy, attachment, ignorance, stinginess and anger over countless lifetimes. It purifies all of the causes and conditions for the suffering of samsara and if all our karma and defilements are purified then we are left with pureness itself, our ultimate essence, the Tathagatagarbha – the Buddha-nature.”

~ Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche

This teaching is from “Ground, Path & Fruition”, published by Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal, Thar Lam August 2006

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Purification of mind of delusion

[A science of the true nature of mind. Through the study of the nature of true reality.
Middle-way (free of the two extremes, nihilism and its opposite). All phenomena is in the nature of dependent origination (which is why we can wake up out of delusion of mistaken dualistic perception].

“Emptiness can be compared to the concept and function of zero. Zero may seem like nothing, but as we all know, everything starts from it. Without zero, our computers would collapse. Without zero, we could not start counting from one up to infinity. In the same way, from emptiness, anything and every- thing can manifest itself.”

~ HH The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Rinpoche

From The Heart is Noble Changing the World from the Inside Out, by the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, © 2013 by Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc.

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[*Just as rainbows appear in the sky. Appear yet empty. Empty yet appear. All phenomena is in this nature. Obscured from realising this, through the force of deluded karma (attachment to mere concept as having some “real, (inherent) substantial existence from its own side”). ? Mistaken view of reality, based upon dualistic thinking (of self & others), following that mind activity automatically (self-cherishing/ self-clinging), miss the Unmistaken view. The Unmistaken View has to be cultivated within the mindstream (mental continuum) – arise (fruition) as the realised awareness].



The Meaning of Defective View ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

During a teaching given at the 2017 100 Million Mani Retreat held at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how we incorrectly see things.

In the text it says that rabrib, or defective view, is like when you have a vision of hair falling down while you are eating food. There is no hair falling down, but you have a vision of that. It is like when you close your eyes—not totally close them, but close them a little bit when the sun is shining—and [it appears as if] there is all kinds of hair going around. So it is the same for rabrib. It appears to you, but it is not there. So that is the example.

The I, action, object, six sense objects, forms, sounds, smells, tastes, tangible objects, senses, everything, even though it is merely labeled by the mind, it doesn’t appear to me or to you, it doesn’t appear as it is—merely labeled by the mind. Right now, it is merely labeled by the mind. Right before this second, it was merely labeled by the mind. But when it appeared to you, it appears from its own side, existing from its own side, as the real one.

Everything—I, action, object, hell and enlightenment, sense objects, senses—as the Heart Sutra says, all that—elements, the four noble truths, the twelve links—so the real one appearing from there, never came from your mind, nothing to do with your mind. Not merely labeled by the mind, not even came from your mind, just from there. Do you understand what I’m saying? It is a total hallucination. It is decorated, projected there by the ignorance.

It is exactly the same as the hallucinated rabrib. It appeared real, but it is not there. What appeared real to you, what you one hundred percent believe, is not there. This is the same, your daily life—your car, your house, Lama Tzong Khapa Institute—what you see as real is not there.

It is the same as rabrib, as I described—what you see with eyes not completely closed, then you see all these things—but it is not there. It is like when you don’t recognize a dream as a dream. You believe it is real. You see a mirage, you believe the mirage is water, but there is no water. You understand?

While you are walking—real trees, real sky, real road, real pizza—all this, everything is rabrib. You have to meditate like that. You have to practice awareness. …

Watch more from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teaching on the defective view in this video clip:

Colonphon: Excerpted from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teaching at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy, October 13, 2017. Simultaneously transcribed by Ven. Joan Nicell. Edited by Nicole Parisi-Smith and Laura Miller, August 2018.

Find complete videos of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recent teachings:

https://fpmt.org/…/streami…/teachings-of-lama-zopa-rinpoche/

Lama Zopa Rinpoche the late spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation, and community service.

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche arriving at the teaching venue during the 100 Million Mani Retreat at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy, October 2017. Photo by Piero Sirianni.

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Invaded by the concept of permanence ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Unless we practice mindfulness, looking at how impermanence is the nature of these causative phenomena, unless we look at them according to their impermanent nature and realize this, our mind will be invaded by the concept of permanence.

It will be overtaken by the concept of permanence, just as one country is invaded by another, just as Tibet was invaded by the Communist Chinese. Invaded, overtaken by this, we are controlled by the concept of permanence. And then, because causative phenomena appear permanent, they look as if they will last for a long time.

On the basis of that, desire, the mind that exaggerates the positive qualities of the object, clings to these causative phenomena, which then continuously ties us to samsara with attachment. Due to that, we experience the oceans of samsaric suffering—the oceans of human beings’ suffering, the oceans of gods’ and demigods’ suffering, the oceans of the lower realms’ suffering, the suffering of the hell beings, hungry ghosts and animals. We must experience this again and again.

Our continuation of the samsaric suffering did not have a beginning and while we continue to hold this wrong concept of looking at causative phenomena as permanent and, because of that, generating desire that clings on to these objects, samsaric suffering will be endless.

Unless we can do something in this life, unless we can make some change to our mental continuum in this life, we will have to continuously live our life with the same old mind, with this wrong concept of permanence, looking at impermanent phenomena as permanent and generating desire for them. That clinging, that attachment makes samsara endless.

So, we can concentrate on this. We can look at how the nature of all causative phenomena is impermanence.

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Kopan Monastery, 1997

from 𝗪𝗲 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗔𝘀𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲

Please read more- https://www.lamayeshe.com/…/we-need-mindfulness-ascertain-i…

𝘐𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘢𝘮𝘢 𝘡𝘰𝘱𝘢 𝘙𝘪𝘯𝘱𝘰𝘤𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘛𝘢𝘰𝘴, 𝘕𝘦𝘸 𝘔𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘤𝘰, 1999.

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Two-truths: relative view and absolute nature ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

“Reality is beyond the outside appearance that we see. But, because we cling so much to the external appearance, we strongly believe that reality is like that.

For example, when we think of I or look at external phenomena, they do not appear as anything other than truly existent I or phenomena.

Especially those who have not realized shunyata, believe that the I that exists is nothing other than a truly existent I.

[However] What exists in reality [the true nature] is the dependent I, the merely labeled I – but for such a person [that has not realised shunyata], that does not exist. Because it is not knowledge of their mind, they cannot see it, do not realize it. For that person the dependently arising I does not exist.

All the problems and confusion arise from this. We believe in, and cling so strongly to, what appears to us. We believe that what appears to us is one hundred percent true, that in reality it is like that.”  [that is not the case. Relatively it appears to us like that, this is not the true nature].

(Commentary on Guru Yoga) by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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