Wisdom & Compassion

20637877_1383721008409320_6738676554385039187_nIt was through wisdom that the Buddha fully understood the suffering of others, and through compassion that he undertook to counteract it.

It was through wisdom that he himself crossed over, and through compassion that he brought others across.

It was through compassion that he became the world’s Liberator, and through wisdom that he liberated himself.

—Acharya Dharmapala

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Peace!

14732381_10207500461326805_4421353652470600332_nThere is no evil equal to hatred,

and no spiritual practice equal to forbearance.

Therefore, we ought to develop forbearance,

by various means, with great effort.

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Our minds find no peace,

neither enjoy pleasure or delight,

nor go to sleep, nor feel secure

while the dart of hatred is stuck in the heart.

—Shantideva, Bodhicharyavatara

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The Chain

stone_buddha_faceBecause one thing is, another one arises;

because this is born, that is born.

Conditioned by ignorance,

karmic formations come into being.

Conditioned by karmic formations,

consciousness comes into being.

 

Conditioned by consciousness, name and form come into being.

Conditioned by name and form, the six sources of perception come into being.

 

Conditioned by the six sources of perception, contact comes into being.

Conditioned by contact, feeling comes into being.

 

Conditioned by feeling, craving comes into being.

Conditioned by craving, grasping comes into being.

 

Conditioned by grasping, existence comes into being.

Conditioned by existence, birth comes into being.

 

Conditioned by birth, aging and death come into being,

as well as misery, lamentation, pain, unhappiness, and agitation.

That is how this great heap of suffering comes into being.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Āryamaitreyaparipcchādharmāṣṭanāma mahāyāna sūtra

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Not Elsewhere

e38e78216e7896b276e40fbfafbe4f21Since all phenomena are naturally pure,

cultivate the clear understanding that there are no entities.

Since all phenomena are connected with the enlightened mind,

cultivate the clear understanding of great compassion.

Since all phenomena are naturally luminous,

cultivate the clear understanding of non-apprehension.

Since all entities are impermanent,

cultivate the clear understanding of non-attachment.

Since the mind is the cause for the arising of wisdom,

do not look for the Buddha elsewhere.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Āryātyaya­jñāna­nāma mahāyāna sūtra

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Precepts for the Practitioner

3.1979.191With wholeness of heart

remember the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

Do not overlook the power of the interaction

between the Buddha’s compassion and your aspiration.

 

With wholeness of heart entrust yourself to the Dharma you revere.

Do not denounce the teachings followed by others.

 

With wholeness of heart awaken the realization of equality.

Do not engage in discriminative thinking.

 

With wholeness of heart give rise to compassion.

Do not be indifferent to the sorrows of others.

 

With wholeness of heart disclose a gentle countenance.

Do not manifest anger and intolerance.

 

With wholeness of heart dwell firmly in humility’s insights.

Do not arouse a spirit of arrogance.

 

With wholeness of heart discern the sources of impurity.

Do not generate a mind that cherishes attachments.

 

With wholeness of heart contemplate the reality of impermanence.

Do not awaken thoughts of greed and craving.

 

With wholeness of heart rectify your own faults.

Do not revile others for their transgressions.

 

With wholeness of heart display the activity of transforming others.

Do not be negligent in your practice for universal benefit.

 

With wholeness of heart aspire for the Pure Land.

Do not disregard the pain in the three inferior states.

 

With wholeness of heart be settled in contemplation of birth in the Pure Land.

Do not become lax in reciting the Name.

 

With wholeness of heart hold the West in mindfulness.

Do not scatter your thoughts in the other directions.

 

With wholeness of heart endeavor in the practice that leads to enlightenment.

Do not keep company with those given to amusement and pleasure.

 

With wholeness of heart follow the guidance of your good teachers.

Do not leave matters to your self-will.

 

Exert all your efforts and never neglect the Name that is the embodiment of practice,

pervading thought, speech, and deed.

—Ippen Shonin

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Monks and Nuns

14054148_838294702936673_2530632219872468393_nThey are not true monks or nuns who harm another,

nor true renunciates who oppress others.

Not despising, not harming, exercising restraint,

following the precepts, consuming in moderation,

being chaste and devoted to meditation:

this is the teaching of the Buddhas.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Udanavarga

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Illumined

DSC08836Those who having been heedless are heedless no more,

illuminate this world like the moon freed from clouds.

Those who by good deeds cover the evil they have done,

illuminate this world like the moon freed from clouds.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Udanavarga

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