Here and There

shakyamuni_100As a river, when full, must flow

and reach and fill the distant plain,

so what is given here, indeed,

will reach and bless the beings there.

 

As water on a mountain top

must soon descend and fill the plain,

so what is given here, indeed,

will reach and bless the beings there.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Nidhikanda Sutta, Khuddakapatha

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Real Treasure

treasureAmong all possessions,

the Buddha described contentment

as the best and most excellent.

Always be content!

If you know contentment,

even if you have nothing else,

you own a real treasure.

—Arya Nagarjuna, Letter to a Friend

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Empty & Full

imagesLearn this from the river’s flow

in mountain cleft and chasm:

the rivulets gush loudly,

the great stream moves silently.

 

Empty things boom loud.

The full are ever quiet.

The fool is like an empty pot;

the sage is full.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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Not Impotent

14962799_906165236149619_5635071772651137420_nIt is painful to see sentient beings we love not only suffering now, but also continuing to accumulate causes of future suffering.

At times like this, it is important to remember that we are not impotent. Whatever good we do is of universal benefit.

Even if particular individuals will not accept our kindness and compassion, we can reduce their suffering indirectly, by helping others. By improving the quality of the environment through our virtuous acts, everyone benefits.

When we give love to those who accept it, even those who reject it are embraced.

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Root of All Virtue

15178277_924667227632753_1186724330007344424_nThose who cultivate compassion can give what is difficult to give;

can tolerate patiently what is difficult to tolerate;

and can do what is difficult to do.

Compassion is the root of all virtue.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Sutra of Lay Morality

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Gradual Path

13315647_785585071540970_3275537272969222050_nI do not say that the attainment of wisdom is all at once. Rather, the attainment of wisdom is after gradual training, gradual action, gradual practice. And how is there the attainment of wisdom after gradual training, gradual action, gradual practice?

There is the case where, when conviction has arisen, one visits a teacher. Having visited, one grows close. Having grown close, one lends ear. Having lent ear, one hears the Dharma. Having heard the Dharma, one remembers it. Remembering, one penetrates the meaning of the teachings.

Penetrating the meaning, one comes to an agreement through pondering the teachings. There being an agreement through pondering the teachings, desire arises. When desire has arisen, one is willing to practice. When one is willing, one contemplates the consequences. Having contemplated, one makes an exertion.

Having made an exertion, one realizes in this body the ultimate truth and, having penetrated it with discernment, sees it.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Kitagiri Sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya

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Guru Yoga

dolbuddhaReverence to the Precious Lama, Quintessence of the Three Bodies, Crown-Jewel of the Pure Lineage, Leader of Sentient Beings, Revealer of the Ultimate Path, the Lord of Refuge, the Regent of the Buddha, of peerless kindness, Incomparable Teacher, Victory Banner of Wisdom of the Great Middle Way. Omniscient Jonangpa, please hear my prayer!

The entire sphere of objects of knowledge is pervaded by a single moment of Your vision, apprehending whatever exists as existing, and whatever does not exist as not existing. I pray to You, please look upon me with compassion. Please empower me with Your blessings. Please grant me the two accomplishments. Omniscient in three ways, please bestow the fruit of the effortless establishment of the two purposes. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

I go for refuge with vivid faith to the Lama, the Yidam, the Protector, and the Three Jewels. May I generate immeasurable love, compassion, joy, and equanimity towards all. For the sake of all beings, may I diligently practice the profound path of union with the mind of the Lama. May all insubstantial, dependent, and impermanent appearances dissolve into emptiness. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

Precious Lama, I offer reverential salutations to Your body, speech, and mind. Your body is adorned with unchanging, perfect marks and signs. Your uninterrupted melodious speech pervades the ten directions. You abide in the unmistaken mind of the Great Seal. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

I prostrate before You, who are the embodiment of all the Tathagatas, unveiled when the aggregates are perfectly purified through the Six Vajra Yogas. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

I present with joy and pure intention an inconceivable ocean of offerings, including all the virtues of body, speech, and mind gathered during the three times. I openly confess all corruptions of body, speech, and mind, and pray that they be purified. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

I rejoice in the virtue of holy and ordinary beings. I wholeheartedly request that You turn the Wheel of Dharma without ceasing. I implore You to remain forever in samsara for the sake of all beings. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

I pray to You, my precious Lama. Your nature is inseparable from the four Pure Empty Forms. You are supreme among all Vajra holders, having completed the three accumulations and attained the twelve paths. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

I pray to You, my precious Lama. You have fully realized the Five Wisdoms, and have completely transformed the eight worldly concerns by abiding for a single moment in non-dual primordial awareness. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

I pray to You, my precious Lama. Your enlightened activity is one with the mission of all Holy Teachers, liberating and maturing fortunate disciples through the twelve empowered attainments that exhaust the material components of the body and their energies. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

I pray to You, my precious Lama. You are one with all Yidams, Your aggregates are the six Buddha families, Your consciousnesses are the eight Bodhisattvas, and Your extremities are the assembly of all Wrathful Deities. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

I pray to You, my precious Lama. You are one with all the Buddhas, and Your nature is the magnificent Empty Form of Truth. You have perfected the two accumulations, and manifest countless emanations for the benefit of beings. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

I pray to You, my precious Lama. You are one with all immaculate Dharmas; You manifest the instructions of definitive meaning, and lead me to the inexpressible profound truth of other emptiness. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

I pray to You, my precious Lama. You are one with all the Lords and Ladies of the Noble Sangha who abide in the ten Bodhisattva levels, having attained complete liberation and accomplishment. You are the stainless Virtuous Friend, the Refuge of all beings. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

I pray to You, my precious Lama. You are one with the Dharma Protectors who subdue all hindrances and pacify obstructers through the power of non-dual, spontaneous, universal, and radical compassion. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

I pray to You, my precious Lama. You are the source of all attainments, the One who bestows supreme and ordinary accomplishments, and have mastered the powers of pacifying, increasing, controlling, and subduing. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

I pray to You, my precious Lama. You dispel every darkness and clear away wrong views by speaking, upholding, and explaining the sutras, tantras, treatises, and heart instructions. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

May I experience the four seed mantras of Your body as the four Pure Empty Forms. May I receive the four empowerments by contemplating upon them. May You, my precious Lama, bless me with accomplishment. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

From the OM at Your forehead, a white ray streams forth onto my forehead. Through this power, may I receive the Vase Empowerment. May I purify the obscurations of the body and the waking state, experience the four joys, and unveil the Indestructible Empty Form. May You, my precious Lama, bless me with accomplishment.

From the AH at Your throat, a red ray streams forth onto my throat. Through this power, may I receive the Secret Empowerment. May I purify the obscurations of speech and the dream state, experience the four excellent joys, and unveil the Empty Form of Glory. May You, my precious Lama, bless me with accomplishment.

From the HUM at Your heart, a dark blue ray streams onto my heart. Through this power, may I receive the Primordial Wisdom Empowerment. May I purify the obscurations of mind and the deep sleep state, experience the four supreme joys, and unveil the Empty Form of Truth. May You, my precious Lama, bless me with accomplishment.

From the HO at Your navel, a golden ray streams onto my navel. Through this power, may I receive the Sacred Empowerment. May I purify all extremely subtle propensities and habitual tendencies, experience the four innate joys, and unveil the Empty Form of Union. May You, my precious Lama, bless me with accomplishment.

Your mind unites with my mind, and abides in the center of an eight-petalled lotus at my heart. Through this practice, may I purify all stains, remove all obstacles, and manifest the Buddha Nature. May You, my precious Lama, bless me with accomplishment. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

By drinking the nectar of Your precious instruction on the profound meaning, from this moment onward, may I follow behind You like a shadow. May You, my precious Lama, look upon me with compassion. OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH

May I remain in constant contemplation upon the Profound Dharma, that I may manifest complete perfect enlightenment in this very lifetime. May You, my precious Lama, bless me with accomplishment.

om mani peme hum

hrih hrih hrih

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