Monthly Archives: October 2018

The Two Stores

The perfections (paramita) of generosity and morality constitute the store of merit; wisdom constitutes the store of wisdom; and patience, effort, and concentration constitute both stores. Generosity, morality, patience, effort, and concentration also constitute the store of wisdom [when practiced … Continue reading

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Courage

In the course of action, fear arises from discouragement, distraction, and delusion. Therefore, courage is recognized as comprising the triple spontaneity of enthusiasm, concentration, and wisdom. The courage of the brave Bodhisattvas is born naturally from vows, from renunciation, from … Continue reading

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Reverence

Supreme reverence for the Buddhas arises in the mind from faith in the teaching, from aspiration, from mastery, from full integration of skillful means born of non-dual wisdom, and from joining with all Bodhisattvas in unity of purpose. —Maitreya, Mahayanasutralamkara

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Happiness

All suffering, without exception, arises from desiring happiness for myself, while perfect enlightenment is born from the thought of benefiting others. Therefore, to really exchange my own happiness for the suffering of others is the practice of a Bodhisattva. —Tokme … Continue reading

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Effort

With effort we attain desirable worldly pleasures; with effort we become endowed with powerful purity; with effort we pass beyond materialistic views and are liberated; with effort we awaken to supreme enlightenment. —Maitreya, Mahayanasutralamkara

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Inexhaustible

The heirs of the Buddha undergo great austerities and all injuries inflicted by others —not from inability, not from fear, and not from desire for benefit. Unexcelled tolerance exalts all beings in the three enlightenments, and patience fully integrated with … Continue reading

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Twofold Grasping

As long as consciousness does not see that subject-object distinctions are simply forms of consciousness, attachment to twofold grasping [to individual and phenomenal existence] will never cease. —Vasubandhu

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Arts

Generosity is the art of non-attachment to objects. Discipline is the art of controlling distractions. Patience is the art of not forsaking beings. Effort is the art of increasing virtue. Contemplation and wisdom are the arts of purifying obscurations. —Vasubandhu, … Continue reading

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Benefits

From generosity obtains perfect wealth; from morality, perfect physique; from patience, perfect companions; from diligence, perfect effort; from concentration, freedom from afflictions; from wisdom, unerring accomplishment. —Vasubandhu, commentary on the Mahayanasutralamkara

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It Is Possible

Afflicted emotions are harmful and empty. Because they are harmful, we are determined to gain freedom from them. Because they are empty, it is possible to be free of them. —Kyabje Tashi Norbu Rinpoche, explaining a commentary by Sthiramati

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