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Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby KonchokZoepa » Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:31 am

needless to explain, I hope this will become and stay as an active thread were members of this forum paste Dharma quotes for people and especially for those who do not have time to pick up a book or study Dharma otherwise. They can come check this thread and find Dharma wisdom in small quote and go directly to the essence of Dharma wisdom.

I will start...

Suffering is of the nature of Bliss

The Buddha taught many times in the Mahayana sutras that the five aggregates, and the suffering that goes along with them, are of the nature of original and perfect purity. There is not the tiniest bit of impurity anywhere within them that needs to be abandoned.

Therefore, Mahayana practitioners do not want to be rid of their samsaric existence, but rather they aspire to take birth in samsara in as many bodies, in as many lifetimes as possible to be of benefit to sentient beings.

In Vajrayana practice, one cultivates the understanding that the five aggregates are of the nature of the five buddha families and that suffering is of the nature of bliss. Since that is the case, why would one ever want to abandon them? They are of the very essence of enlightenment.

-Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche

may we have the merit to make this thread useful and beneficial place to come to learn and advance our wisdom and compassion swiftly and easily.
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby kirtu » Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:09 pm

What an excellent idea KonchogZoepa! :anjali:

Dhammapada 183: "Not to do evil, to cultivate merit [to do good], to purify one's mind - this is the Teaching of the Buddhas."

On one occasion, Thera Ananda asked the Buddha whether the Fundamental Instructions to bhikkhus given by the preceding Buddhas were the same as those of the Buddha himself. To him the Buddha replied that the instructions given by all the Buddhas are as given in the following verses:

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 183: Not to do evil, to cultivate merit, to purify one's mind - this is the Teaching of the Buddhas.


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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby PorkChop » Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:19 pm

Just quoted these on another thread, so I figured I'd post them here...

Twin Verses (1 & 2) of the Dhammapada wrote:Mind precedes all knowables,
mind's their chief, mind-made are they.
If with a corrupted mind
one should either speak or act
dukkha follows caused by that,
as does the wheel the ox's hoof.

Mind precedes all knowables,
mind's their chief, mind-made are they.
If with a clear, and confident mind
one should speak and act
as one's shadow ne'er departing.
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby Karma Jinpa » Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:53 am

With a loving mind, cherish more than a child
The hostile gods and demons of apparent existence,
And tenderly surround yourself with them.
Nourish them always with warm flesh and blood.
With the hook of love and compassion,
Befriend them and never dismiss them.
If, with pure noble thought and enlightened resolve,
You connect them to the sacred Dharma
And they are freed and established in happiness,
Then you, child, whoever you are,
Will be my inseparable friend.

~ Machig Labdron

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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby KonchokZoepa » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:31 am


Train, untrained, in a thought-free state.
Let training be in artlessness.
There is no reason here to train.
There is no meditator either.
The vital point of truly training
is to realize this total absence.

- Padmasambhava - From the Juniper Ridge -

If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby KonchokZoepa » Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:08 am

Je TsongKhapa Lobsang Drakpa (1357-1419)

“When people fight with others — something that yields only sins and suffering both in this and in other lives — they endure all manner of suffering for however long it takes, even at the cost of their lives. Then they show off their wounds, etc., and boast, “I received this one at that time.” This being the case, it is even more appropriate for us to endure the hardships undergone while persevering joyously in destroying the afflictions…. The one who struggles against the enemy of the afflictions and defeats them should be called a true hero, whereas the one who fights against ordinary enemies kills only a corpse, since these enemies will die naturally anyway even if they are not slain.”
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby KonchokZoepa » Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:26 pm

“Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous. We experience joy in the actual act of giving something. And we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given.”

-Gautama Buddha

If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:55 pm

"Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good."

Dhammapada 121
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby plwk » Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:31 pm

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .hekh.html
1025. Who nothing has heard and nothing understood,
He ages only oxen-like:
His stomach only grows and grows,
But his insight deepens not.

1026. Who has much heard and learned,
But does despise him who is poor in learning,
Is like one blind who holds a lamp.
So must I think of such a one.

1027. Thou follow him who has heard much,
Then what is heard shall not decline.
This is the tap-root of the holy life;
Hence a Dhamma-guardian thou should'st be!
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Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:33 pm

"Remain with the Dharma as an island, the Dharma as your refuge, without anything else as a refuge."

Samyutta Nikaya 47.13 and also at Digha Nikaya 26
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby KonchokZoepa » Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:23 pm

Mind Seeing Itself ~ Garchen Rinpoche

Mind seeing itself is called clear light. Garchen Rinpoche
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:53 pm

"If he recites many teachings, but — heedless man — doesn't do what they say, like a cowherd counting the cattle of others, he has no share in the contemplative life. If he recites next to nothing but follows the Dharma in line with the Dharma; abandoning passion, aversion, delusion; alert, his mind well-released, not clinging either here or hereafter: he has his share in the contemplative life." Dhammapada 19-20
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:38 pm

"Having left behind delight & displeasure, cooled, with no acquisitions — a hero who has conquered all the world, every world: he's what I call a brahman." Dhammapada 418
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby Karma Jinpa » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:43 am

You may consume all kinds of delicious food, but unless you adhere to the nectar of the innate nature, it all turns into a heap of filth. So drink the nectar of the profound instructions!

~ Guru Rinpoche

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དྲིན་ཆེན་རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མ་རཱ་ག་ཨ་སྱ་མཁྱེན་ནོ།
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:25 pm

"As a bee — without harming the blossom, its color, its fragrance — takes its nectar & flies away: so should the sage go through a village."
Dhammapada 49
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby KonchokZoepa » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:12 pm

thanks david and karma jinpa for keeping this thread alive :) lets try to keep it alive so we can have a great Dharma quote everyday on the first page :jedi:




The practice of religion, spirituality or dharma has to be a method that completely destroys all suffering, a method that brings about the complete cessation of suffering, and not just temporarily. That depends upon completely eradicating the root of all the billions of sufferings that exist — ignorance and all the other delusions that spring from the root of ignorance. True peace is received whenever we completely eradicate this root of suffering. In other words, cessation of ignorance, attachment and anger is real freedom, true peace — the peace that never changes; the peace that once received can never change, is everlasting.

- Lama Zopa Rinpoche

If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby Malcolm » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:42 pm

The Samādhirāja Sūtra states:

Though I have taught the very excellent dharma,
if you do not correctly practice after hearing it,
it is like a patient holding a bag of medicine,
it will not cure one’s illness.
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby Karma Jinpa » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:19 pm

Had I not known sorrow and remorse,
How could I have entered the path to release?
Had I not placed my trust in a teacher,
How could I have attained the ultimate power?

~ The last song of Mahasiddha Tantepa, who thereafter levitated to the height of seven palm trees and entered the Paradise of the Dakinis.

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དྲིན་ཆེན་རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མ་རཱ་ག་ཨ་སྱ་མཁྱེན་ནོ།
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby pueraeternus » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:39 pm

教外別傳
不立文字
直指人心
見性成佛

A special transmission beyond the scriptures
that depends not on words and letters
Directly pointing at one's heart
See into one's nature and attain Buddhahood.
If you believe certain words, you believe their hidden arguments. When you believe something is right or wrong, true of false, you believe the assumptions in the words which express the arguments. Such assumptions are often full of holes, but remain most precious to the convinced.

- The Open-Ended Proof from The Panoplia Prophetica
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu May 01, 2014 4:19 pm

"Shed passion & aversion, monks — as a jasmine would, its withered flowers."
Dhammapada 377
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