Three Levels of the Dharma

The levels of the exposition of the Dharma are three:

the Outer Level, parampara cintamani (the disciplic succession), the conceptual exposition, the foundational teachings of the nirmanakaya Buddha;

the Inner Level, vipakamarga cintamani (the practice of the Path), the experiential cultivation, the profound teachings of the sambhogakaya Buddha; and

the Confidential Level, muktimarga cintamani (the experience of liberation), the verification, the ineffable teachings of the dharmakaya Buddha.

—Vajrasattva, Karnatantravajrapada

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The Years Go By

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I brought ten sons into the world. I thought that would have been enough.

But when my body could no longer conceive, I lost heart.

Giving birth and raising children was all I knew.

Then a nun told me how beings come into the world, based on countless causes and conditions.

I stayed with her, and learned to raise a mind that didn’t conceive.

Yes, my sisters. The years do go by.

Soon, all the little pieces that make up this body will go on to make other bodies.

See this for yourself. Then ask me whay i shaved my head.

—Bhikshuni Sona, Therigatha (Poems of the First Buddhist Nuns)

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Wellbeing

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I consume a single meal for the day, and therefore experience few afflictions, few ailments, lightness, strength, and wellbeing.

You too, consume a single meal for the day, and experience few afflictions, few ailments, lightness, strength, and wellbeing.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Bhaddali Sutta

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Spaciousness

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The sky is pure, open space, free from all obstructions. The nature of our mind is similar: the afflictions, self-centered attitude, and other obscurations are not in its essential nature. Just as clouds may temporarily obscure the open sky, anger, attachment, and confusion can temporarily obscure our mind. When they do, the pure, open nature of the mind still remains; we just can’t see it at the time.

By generating the wisdom realizing the emptiness of inherent existence, we will be able to eradicate obscurations from our mind forever and enjoy the sky-like spaciousness of a purified mind.

—Thubten Chodron

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Just As You Are

I once gave of myself to being the perfect wife and mother.

Then I heard the teachings of the Buddha.

I saw the arising and passing away of what was wife and said goodbye to my husband.

I saw the arising and passing away of what was mother and said goodbye to my children.

What was left I gave to the Path.

Oh, my sisters. You never had to be perfect.

If there is something to these teachings calling out to you, it’s because something in you is calling out to these teachings.

The Path will take you whenever you’re ready, just as you are.

—Bhikshuni Sakula, Therigatha (Poems of the First Buddhist Nuns)

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Peacefully

I will eat in moderation. Reflecting wisely, I shall eat neither for amusement nor for self-indulgence, nor for the sake of physical beauty and attractiveness, but only for the endurance and continuance of this body, for ending discomfort, and for supporting the holy life.

Thus, I shall terminate old desires without arousing new desires, I shall be healthy and blameless, and shall live peacefully.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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Out the Door

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I was always smart.

If the Path was good, I figured it would make me even smarter.

One night while meditating, I watched my thoughts piling themselves up all around me.

My mind built a house out of all those thoughts, then filled that house.

Soon it was a whole city. A whole world.

Oh, my beautiful, beautiful thoughts, who will look after you after I’m gone?

I swear I could weep. I could weep for all of you.

My sisters, do you really want to be free?

Are you ready to leave behind all your precious little houses, and make your home everywhere?

It’s not as hard as you might think.

First, stand up.

Then, walk out the door.

—Bhikshuni Mittakali, Therigatha (Poems of the First Buddhist Nuns)

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Strength

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Precepts help us to see our impulses, how we follow them, and the results. The restraint and restriction of the Precepts give us a sense of stopping. With reflective awareness, we begin to notice how strong the mind’s impulses and compulsions can be. We see them as mental objects rather than as needs we must fulfill.

Even though the mind sometimes screams, “I can’t take any more of this,” the truth of the matter is that we can take more. Human beings have amazing powers of endurance. If we learn to endure and not just be caught in the momentum of impulsivity, then we begin to find a strength in our practice. We do not have to be slaves to habits and impulses.

—Ajahn Sumedho

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Diligent Practice

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Do not expect to practice diligently and not experience the unexpected.

Diligent practice that evades the unknown makes for a weak commitment.

—Kyong Ho

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Vivid and Pure

Everybody Has Buddha Nature

Within the body of sentient beings is the indestructible essence of Buddhahood. It is like the sun disk, pure from the beginning, expansive, vast, and without limits. Because it is covered and obstructed by the heavy clouds of the five aggregates (form, sensations, perceptions, formations, consciousnesses), sentient beings do not see it.

When they meet the wind of insight, the heavy clouds of the five aggregates are cleared away, and once they are gone, the Buddha essence shines everywhere, a vivid and pure presence.

—Dasabhumika Sutra

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