It Doesn’t Matter

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The Buddhist attitude is that it doesn’t matter how many delusions you have, how confused you are, how much ‘sin’ or negativity you have created, it is possible —absolutely possible— to totally eradicate all of it.

—Lama Yeshe

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Unwholesome Friends

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Frequenting unwholesome friends

is bound to make your own behavior unwholesome.

Abandon any friendships that are negative.

Padampa Sangye

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Manifestation & Perfection

Image result for mind seal of the buddhasUnderstanding the Pure Land teaching is all a matter of comprehending that Amideva (Amitabha Buddha) is precisely our own Buddha Nature, our Original Mind. If we mistakenly refer to the Buddha as “other”, we would fall into one form of delusive view. If we were to overemphasize our own inherent Buddha, this would be another form of delusive view. Both are wrong.

Through our invoking the Buddha Name both at the phenomenal level and at the level of inner truth (noumenal), Amideva and his retinue of saints appear before us: this is our inherent True Nature becoming manifest. Also, we are born in the Pure Land, see Amitabha, and hear his teaching: this is perfecting the body of wisdom (dharmakaya) of our True Nature.

This is not awakening through something other than ourselves.

—Patriarch Ou-i

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Faults

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Attachment is difficult to abandon, but it is a mild fault;

aversion is easy to abandon, but it is a grave fault;

indifference is difficult to abandon, and it is a grave fault.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Arya Vinaya Viniscayopāli Pariprccha Sutra

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Meaningful

Image result for Gyalwang DrukpaAppreciate and rejoice, without any expectation. It doesn’t matter if people are unkind to you, it doesn’t matter if people betray you, it doesn’t matter if people don’t even say “Thank you.”

By appreciating everything around you, from happy experiences to sad, your life will become meaningful, full of understanding, joy, strength, and fearlessness.

Gyalwang Drukpa

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Help

Image result for helpCompassion without attachment is the perfect cause. Knowing the nature of unborn mind, and knowing the illusions of sentient beings despite the fact that their minds are also unborn, you will bring about the perfect result.

This is because as long as sentient beings have self-clinging, they have the illusion of suffering. Therefore, the opposite of suffering is equally true for them —they also can experience the illusion of getting help. For as long as they have the illusion that they can be harmed, they have the illusion that they can be helped, and they can gain happiness from someone who is helpful. Now, on the basis of that illusion, you can be helpful.

Grounded in genuine compassion and loving-kindness, you should make wishes for the well-being of all sentient beings so that every single one without exception can receive your help.

—Shamar Rinpoche

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Attachment and Aversion

If, while practicing the Mahayana during eons as numerous as the sands of the Ganges, a Bodhisattva continuously violates the precepts due to attachment, his fault is mild. If a Bodhisattva violates one precept moved by aversion, even once, his fault is very serious.

Why? Because a Bodhisattva who violates the precepts out of attachment still appreciates sentient beings, while a Bodhisattva who violates one precept due to aversion disdains beings.

A Bodhisattva should not fear those passions that might help to keep him appreciative of beings, but should fear those passions that might make him disdain beings.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Arya Vinaya Viniscayopāli Pariprccha Sutra

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