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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Contemplation on the Buddha

buddhaccThere is one contemplation,

which when often practiced and much developed

leads to the complete turning away from the world,

to detachment, to stilling, to ceasing, to peace,

to final penetrating knowledge, to enlightenment,

and thus to the deathless dimension of nirvana.

Any noble disciple who has understood the true Dharma,

dwells quite frequently in this state.

Which is that one contemplation?

It is reflecting over the qualities of any Buddha exactly like this:

 

Worthy, honorable, and perfectly self-enlightened is the blessed Buddha.

Consummated in knowledge and behavior, totally transcended,

expert in all dimensions, knower of all the worlds,

unsurpassable trainer of those who can be tamed,

teacher and guide of gods and humans,

blessed, exalted, awakened, and perfectly self-enlightened is the Buddha.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Anguttara Agama

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“I shall not pass away.”

Buddha15When the Buddha had attained enlightenment,

Mara tempted him once more, saying:

“Pass away now, Lord, from existence! Let the Blessed One now die!

Now is the time for the Blessed One to pass away!”

The Buddha made reply as follows:

 

I shall not pass away, O Mara, until not only the brethren and sisters of the order,

but also the lay followers shall have become true disciples,

wise and well trained, ready and learned, versed in the teachings,

fulfilling all the greater and the lesser duties, correct in life,

walking according to the precepts;

until they, having thus themselves learned the doctrine,

shall be able to tell others of it, preach it, make it known,

establish it, open it, minutely explain it, and make it clear;

until they, when others start vain doctrines,

shall be able by the truth to vanquish and refute them,

and so to spread the wonder-working truth abroad!

 

I shall not pass away until this pure Dharma

shall have become successful, prosperous,

wide-spread, and respected, in all its full extent

—until, in a word, it shall have been well proclaimed!

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