Slander

These two slander the Tathagata. Which two? He who explains what was not said or spoken by the Tathagata as said or spoken by the Tathagata. And he who explains what was said or spoken by the Tathagata as not said or spoken by the Tathagata. These are the two who slander the Tathagata.

These two [also] slander the Tathagata. Which two? He who explains a discourse whose meaning needs to be inferred as one whose meaning has already been fully drawn out. And he who explains a discourse whose meaning has already been fully drawn out as one whose meaning needs to be inferred. These are two who slander the Tathagata.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Abhasita and Neyyattha Suttas

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All Beings

All beings will be enlightened.

There is no sentient being

who is not a vessel of Buddha Nature.

—Dharmamitra, Prasphutapada

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And Yet

Not cut by even a hundred million sharp weapons,

that which is uncuttable is never cut,

and yet you cut through the bonds of self-grasping.

I bow to the Lama endowed with the kindness of the Buddhas!

—Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, Supplications Recalling the Kindness of the Lama

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Two Conditions

There are these two conditions for the arising of wrong view. Which two? The voice of another and inappropriate attention. These are the two conditions for the arising of wrong view.

There are these two conditions for the arising of right view. Which two? The voice of another and appropriate attention. These are the two conditions for the arising of right view.

Buddha Shakyamuni, Ghosa Sutta

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Being Is a Verb

In pure emptiness,

Buddhas attain the supreme being*

of the lack of being.

Through attaining the pure being,

they have gone to the great being of being.

—Maitreya, Mahayanasutralamkara

*being is a verb, not an entity

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The Reasons

Jamgon Kongtrul said that when one meditates, one needs to know the reasons for the meditation, which means that one must accompany the meditation with the possession of the View of Buddha Nature.

—Thrangu Rinpoche, oral commentary on the Treatise Pointing Out the Tathagata Heart

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Perspective

Just as there are neither depths nor heights

in a perfect painting, but are seen there,

there is never any duality in any respect

in false imagination, but is seen there.

—Maitreya, Mahayanasutralamkara

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Vajrayana

Vajra” refers to unchanging Buddhahood,

and “yana” means travelling on the path toward it,

which makes the children of the Victors proceed there.

—Karmapa Ranjung Dorje, Autocommentary on The Profound Inner Reality

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Transparency

When murky water becomes clear,

its transparency does not arise from elsewhere,

but is just its becoming free from admixture with pollution.

The same is true for the purity of your own mind.

—Maitreya, Mahayanasutralamkara

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Luminous

Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is defiled by incoming defilements.

Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is freed from incoming defilements.

The uninstructed ordinary person does not discern that as it has come to be, which is why I tell you that —for the uninstructed ordinary person— there is no development of the mind.

Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is freed from incoming defilements. The well-instructed disciple of the noble ones discerns that as it has come to be, which is why I tell you that —for the well-instructed disciple of the noble ones— there is development of the mind.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Pabassara Sutta

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