Tag Archives: Lankavatara Sutra

As if an only child

Mahamati, wherever there are sentient beings, let us cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are to be loved as if they were our only child, let us refrain from exploiting and killing them.   Bodhisattvas, … Continue reading

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“Three Purities” & “Pig’s Delight”

In an attempt to justify their appetite for the flesh of animals, some individuals allege that the Buddha permitted the consumption of meat under three conditions, and that the Buddha himself ate pork. These are patently specious claims.  The Pali … Continue reading

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10 Original Bodhisattva Vows

The Bodhisattva feels the awakening of a great heart of compassion and utters the ten original vows: to honor and serve the Buddhas; to share the teachings and practice of the Dharma; to welcome all future Buddhas; to practice the … Continue reading

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The Truth Itself

The teachings in all the sutras are intended for the consideration and guidance of the discerning minds of all people, but they are not the truth itself, which can only be realized within one’s deepest awareness.  —Buddha Shakyamuni, Lankavatara Sutra

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