Describing Reality

1234462_553972484658138_815688299_nWe rely on logic to describe reality, but logic mostly reveals the architecture of human thought and the structure of language.

Our perception of what is real and unreal, possible and impossible, congruent and contradictory, says more about the limitations of intellect than about what we are attempting to define.

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Respect and Dignity

dragonThere are two dispositions that inhibit wrongdoing: respect and dignity.

Respect is the disposition to consider others, protecting our personal reputation. The respectful person acts with discretion, offering a good example and avoiding shame.

Dignity is respect for oneself, without fear of external judgment. The person with dignity acts correctly, independently of the opinions of others.

Although both are necessary and beneficial, dignity is more precious than respect, as it inclines us to abstain from wrongdoing, even when anonymous or unobserved.

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Do Not Forget

KDSG tibDo not forget the Lama

Pray to him at all times.

Do not forget death.

Persist in the Dharma.

Do not be carried away by thoughts.

Watch the nature of mind.

Do not forget sentient beings.

With compassion, dedicate all merit to them.

—Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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Beyond the Reach of Intellect

Source: Jonang Foundation

Source: Jonang Foundation

Meditate on love to calm your emotions,

concentrate on inhaling and exhaling to calm your mind,

and direct your vital energies into the central channel

so that you can directly experience the unblemished light

beyond the reach of intellect.

—Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, The Fourth Council

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The Supreme Abiding

1483327_10152051904436154_573310790_nLet us be able and upright,

straightforward and gentle in speech,

humble and not conceited,

contented and easily satisfied,

unburdened with duties and frugal in our ways.

 

Peaceful, calm, wise, and skillful,

not proud or demanding in nature,

let us not do the slightest thing

that the wise would reprove.

 

In gladness and in safety, let us wish

that all beings may be at ease.

Whatever living beings there may be,

whether they are weak or strong,

the great or the mighty, medium, short or small,

the seen and the unseen,

those living near and far away,

those born and to be born, omitting none,

may all beings be at ease.

 

Let us not deceive another or despise any being in any state.

Let us not, through anger of ill-will, wish harm upon another.

 

Like a mother protects her child, her only child with her life,

so with a boundless heart should we cherish all living beings,

radiating kindness over the entire world,

spreading upwards to the skies and downwards to the depths,

outwards and unbounded, free from hatred and ill-will.

 

Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down

free from lethargy, we should sustain this recollection.

This is said to be the sublime abiding.

 

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Sutra on Loving Kindness

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Beyond Extremes

budaestatua“Samsara and nirvana

are neither identical nor different”,

first refutes identity:

ultimate reality is established;

provisional reality is not.

Precisely because identity is denied,

there can be no difference.

There are not two established truths.

Only the one is real, the other false.

There being no other,

how could there be difference?

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True Friendship

HHKR-5x7MSooner or later, you will have to part from even your dearest friends. But one friend will never leave you, even though you may never be aware of its existence. It is the Buddha-nature, pure awareness.

You begin to discover it by listening to the teachings of a spiritual master. The ties will deepen as you cultivate sustained mental calm and profound insight into reality. In the end, you will discover that it has always been near you and will always be with you. This is the truest friendship you can ever cultivate.

—Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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