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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:42 pm 
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Respectfully, this thread should be renamed "Dhamma Quotes Thread" ... this is not anodyne, being in "A Buddhist discussion forum on Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism", and refering to the discussion in the Batchelor's thread.

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Then all the Tathagatas said to the Tathagata, Vajra Body, Speech and Mind of all Tathagatas:
O Blessed One, where do the dharmas of all the Tathgatas exist and where do they come from?
Vajrasattva said: they exist in your body, speech and mind, and they come from your body, speech and mind.
The Blessed Tathagatas said: where does mind exist?
He answered: it exists in space.
They asked: where does space exist?
He answered: nowhere.

Then all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas were filled with wonder and amazement,
and entering into the dharmata of their minds remained contemplating in silence.


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Om Homage to the Buddha.

1. He has, in an absolute manner, destroyed all blindness; He
has drawn out the world from the mire of transmigration: I
render homage to Him, to this teacher of truth, before
composing the treatise called the Abhidharmakosa.

Desiring to compose a treatise, with the intention of making
known the greatness of his master, the author undertakes to render
him homage and to first present his qualities.
"He" refers to the Buddha, the Blessed One.
"He has destroyed all blindness," that is to say, by him or through
him blindness with respect to all things is destroyed.
"Blindness" is ignorance, for ignorance hinders the seeing of things
as they truly are.
By this, the Buddha, the Blessed Onel is sufficiently designated, for
he alone, through the possession of the antidote to ignorance,
has definitely destroyed all ignorance with respect to all knowable
things, so that it cannot rearise.
But the Pratyekabuddhas and the Sravakas have also destroyed all
blindness, for they are freed from all ignorance defiled by the
defilements.
But they do not know the qualities proper to the Buddha,
objects very distant in space or time, nor the infinite complex
of things; therefore, they have not destroyed blindness in an absolute
manner, for the ignorance freed from the defilements is active in
them.

Vasubandhu - Abhidharmakosabhasyam - The Dhatus

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Having thus praised the Blessed One from the point of view of
qualities useful to himself, the author praises him from the point of
view of qualities useful to others: "He has drawn out the world from
the mire of transmigration." Transmigration is a mire, because the
world is bound up in it, and because it is difficult to traverse. The
Blessed One, having pity on the world which finds itself drowned
without recourse in this mire, has pulled it out, as much as possible, by
extending to each one the hands of the teaching of the Good Law.
"I render homage," by prostrating myself even to my head "to this
teacher of truth:" teacher of truth," because he teaches in conformity
with that which is, without error. By thus qualifying the Blessed One,
the author indicates the manner in which the Blessed One is useful to
others. It is by the true teaching that the Blessed One, the teacher, has
pulled the world out of the mire of transmigration, not by his
supernatural powers, nor by the granting of favors.
After having rendered homage to this teacher of truth, what will
the author do? "I shall compose a treatise." A treatise is that which
instructs disciples. Which treatise?
The Abhidharmakosa.

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The unexcelled Buddhahood is impossible to attain until one completes the paths and stages. ...
Wether Buddhahood is attained in sixteen lives, etc., or very fast as in one life time, one has to proceed through the levels of the paths and stages as they are, because it is necessary that the defilements of the different levels be abandoned, and the virtues need to be achieved. Today there are people who say that even without relying on the paths and stages, Buddhahood will be attained, and that without completion of accumulations and purification of the obscurations, the paths and stages and enlightenment will be achieved. It is clear that they are possessed by someone else [Mara]. Because they contradict the scholars, adepts, great sutras, tantras and the great scriptures. Therefore, one should endeavor in the training of the pure stages and paths.

- Longchen Rabjam - Shingta Chenpo

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and nothing clings like the past
until we can see
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