Tag Archives: sentient beings

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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The Buddha Within

When sentient beings recognize the never-arising mind, a self-existing knowing that is primordially pure, they have found the Buddha within themselves.   The moment they realize the nature of this mind and settle evenly, without striving, they have awakened within this … Continue reading

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Skilful Means

What is the skilful means of the Bodhisattvas, by which they transfer all merit to others? It consists in five practices: bowing, praising, making vows, contemplating, and dedicating whatever merit and stock of good they have accumulated to all beings.   … Continue reading

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5 Duties of the Bodhisattva

Preserve undefiled contentment; Proclaim the Buddha’s teaching; Ripen sentient beings; Uphold the True Dharma; and Vanquish errant views. —Arya Asanga, Tattvartha

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Natural Perfection

Perfection is the fundamental quality, true nature, or essential character of all sentient beings. It is described as unconditioned, boundless, nurturing, and sustaining: true purity, true self, true happiness, and true permanence. It is indiscernible to worldly vision as a … Continue reading

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Skillful means

Skillful means are developed in practice. Only time can refine means. Knowledge is necessary, but insufficient. Application is always an art. Enthusiasm is good; sustained effort is better.   If you do not act to help sentient beings, you will … Continue reading

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Supplication to the Lineage Master

Reverence to the Omniscient Dolpopa namo gurave   Reverence to the glorious teacher, quintessence of the three bodies, crown-jewel of the pure lineage, leader of sentient beings, revealer of the ultimate path, the lord of refuge, the regent of the Buddha, … Continue reading

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