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Postby David N. Snyder » Sat May 10, 2014 5:06 pm

Who so does know of former lives
and sees the states of bliss and woe
and then who’s reached the end of births,
a sage supreme with wisdom keen,
complete in all accomplishments,
that one I call a Brahmin True.

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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun May 11, 2014 4:34 pm

"I tell you, monks, there are two people who are not easy to repay. Which two? Your mother & father.

Even if you were to carry your mother on one shoulder & your father on the other shoulder for 100 years, and were to look after them by anointing, massaging, bathing, & rubbing their limbs, and they were to defecate & urinate right there [on your shoulders], you would not in that way pay or repay your parents. If you were to establish your mother & father in absolute sovereignty over this great earth, abounding in the seven treasures, you would not in that way pay or repay your parents.

Why is that? Mother & father do much for their children. They care for them, they nourish them, they introduce them to this world. But anyone who rouses his unbelieving mother & father, settles & establishes them in conviction; rouses his unvirtuous mother & father, settles & establishes them in virtue; rouses his stingy mother & father, settles & establishes them in generosity; rouses his foolish mother & father, settles & establishes them in discernment: To this extent one pays & repays one's mother & father."


Anguttara Nikaya 2.31-2.32

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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby Adi » Sun May 11, 2014 4:38 pm

Knowledge is as infinite as the stars in the sky;
There is no end to all the subjects one could study.
It is better to grasp straight away their very essence—
The unchanging fortress of the dharmakaya.

--Longchenpa

(quoted by Patrul Rinpoche in Words of my Perfect Teacher)
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby Karma Jinpa » Mon May 12, 2014 3:03 pm

Nice one, Adi! Wonder if Kunkhyen Karma Chagme Rinpoche was paraphrasing Longchenpa in my signature quote :thumbsup:

May all beings everywhere
Plagued by sufferings of body and mind
Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy
By virtue of my merits.

May no living creature suffer,
Commit evil, or ever fall ill.
May no one be afraid or belittled,
With a mind weighed down by depression.

May the blind see forms
And the deaf hear sounds,
May those whose bodies are worn with toil
Be restored on finding repose.

May the naked find clothing,
The hungry find food;
May the thirsty find water
And delicious drinks.

May the poor find wealth,
Those weak with sorrow find joy;
May the forlorn find hope,
Constant happiness, and prosperity.

May there be timely rains
And bountiful harvests;
May all medicines be effective
And wholesome prayers bear fruit.

May all who are sick and ill
Quickly be freed from their ailments.
Whatever diseases there are in the world,
May they never occur again.

May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed;
May the powerless find power,
And may people think of benefiting each other.

For as long as space endures,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I, too, remain
To dispel the miseries of the world.

~ Mahasiddha & Bodhisattva Shantideva

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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby Adi » Mon May 12, 2014 4:21 pm

Karma Jinpa wrote:Nice one, Adi! Wonder if Kunkhyen Karma Chagme Rinpoche was paraphrasing Longchenpa in my signature quote :thumbsup:

You are welcome. I don't know who may have been quoting who or not (and I like both quotes very much), but I think it reflects a thought very profound and fortunately oft spoken of by Dharma teachers. That being the whole idea that time is short, samsara is endless distraction, and to go for the essence is the best thing to do instead of do more things to create more distractions. And speaking of the sublime Shantideva,

My failure to aspire to Dharma
Now and in the past
Has brought me to my present dereliction.
Who therefore would spurn such aspiration?

--Shantideva (Way of the Bodhisattva, Padmakara translation)
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon May 12, 2014 7:29 pm

Who bears within them enmity:
"He has abused and beaten me,
defeated me and plundered me",
hate is not allayed for them.


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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby Karma Jinpa » Tue May 13, 2014 2:23 pm

Happy Birthday to my fellow May 13ers! :cheers:

WHY THE HUMAN BIRTH IS PRECIOUS

IT IS DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN

All sentient beings have a natural tendency to act harmfully; few
act beneficially. Even among the few who do, the capacity for moral conduct
required for acquisition of a human body is very rare. As a result,
beings of the three lower realms are as numerous as grains of soil in the
earth, while gods and human beings are exceedingly rare. Furthermore,
there are scarcely enough sentient beings with human bodies who live
by the Dharma to constitute a class of samsaric beings! It is impossible
to count all the insects living beneath a slab of rock. But it is possible
to count all the men living an an entire kingdom! So few human beings
practice Dharma; those who practice it correctly are as rare as daytime
stars.


IT IS EASILY LOST

This body is threatened by many potentially fatal circumstances
such as fire, flood, poison, weapons, malevolent planetary influences,
earthquakes, etc.---yet we never know when they will occur! Few
conditions favor its survival. Since the only difference between life
and death is the exhalation or inhalation of one rasping breath, this
body is more easily destroyed than a bubble.

A precious human body like this one will never be found again.
Do not let it go to waste! If you had an animal's body, the means to
achieve enlightenment would be beyond your reach. Although you would
not know how to recite one ''Mani,"12 you would have the power to do
the kind of deeds which lead to rebirth in the lower realms.


IT HAS A GREAT OBJECTIVE

Thanks to this human body, we have the ability to achieve complete
Buddhahood: this is its great objective. Up to now, we have not valued
it very highly, but spent it in vain. Worldly men, concerned with their
well·being, can deal with hardships they encounter in business, etc. But
when u·e encounter hardships in our struggle for life's ultimate goal---
liberation---we are completely lacking in energy. We are degenerate,
dissipated, and beguiled by Mara. From this day on, meditate repeatedly
on the thought, "I must exert myself exclusively in the practice of religion!
I must accomplish life's objective!"

Generally speaking, one who is inclined to do particular types of
deeds is called a "karma-carrier." A "karma-carrier" who practiced
Dharma in his previous life is now inclined to place his confidence in
the Dharma and the guru. This is a sign of the reawakening of his [past]
"white" deeds. But one who acts harmfully in this life will, at rebirth,
be "carried" to the lower realms, not to a human body.

From the Kshitigarbha sutra:

There are ten kinds of samsaric beings for whom true human birth is
difficult to obtain. Who are they? They are: (1.} those who have not cultivated
the sources of wholesome action;15 (2.) who have not accumulated
a quantity of merit; (3.) who follow the ways of corrupting companions;
(4.) for whom conflicting emotions persist; (5.) who do not fear suffering
in future lives; (6.) who are very disturbed by conflicting emotions; (7.)
who are lazy and careless about Dharma practice; (8.) who embrace
Buddha's teachings but do not follow them; (9.) who adhere to perverted
views, or ( 10.) who thoroughly believe in them.


Beware of these! To say, "Since I understand the great importance
of this human body, I am great! I am learned! I am nobly born! I am
good!," constitutes contempt for others. Take notice and stop! Since all
living beings possess the Buddha-potential,11 it is wrong to despise even
a mere insect.

It is said that when the tendency to condemn others has fully matured,
in this life you will lose what you cherish. In the next, you will
either be born among the spirits or as an enslaved human being. Since
ordinary beings (like ourselves) lack the supersensible cognitions
[of spiritually advanced beings], we do not know who may be an Arhat
and who a Bodhisattva, how such beings may be teaching Dharma,
or what special methods they may be using to help sentient beings.
Being ignorant yourself, do not judge others! Since it is said that
one who despises a Bodhisattva will suffer the agonies of hell for many
kalpas, do not discount the seriousness of even one unpleasant joke at
another's expense.

The type of person whose faith vacillates, whose insight is limited,
who is easily led astray by companions and is frightened by profound
teachings will develop gradually, trained in a gradual path closely
guided by a guru of skillful methods. Before he may be instructed in
"seeing" and "meditating"11 he must amass and integrate the Two
Accumulations.

But the type of person capable of instantaneous illumination---whose
insight is expansive, whose compassion is great, who is filled with
unbending faith and devotion, who lacks desire and attachment, who
thinks only of the Dharma and especially delights in profound doctrine---
such a person merely requires a teaching which immediately
points out the ultimate nature of reality, and dispenses with the
visualizationsand other practices employed by the "path of means."
So it has been said!

~ Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö T'ayé, The Torch of Certainty

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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 » Tue May 13, 2014 4:41 pm

Karma Jinpa wrote:Happy Birthday to my fellow May 13ers! :cheers:


Only one day from the Buddha's birthday (this year) by Theravada Wesak rendering. :buddha2:
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue May 13, 2014 4:42 pm

One noble, most excellent, heroic too,
great sage and one who conquers all,
who’s faultless, washed, one Awake,
that one I call a Brahmin True.


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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby Adi » Tue May 13, 2014 4:45 pm

Impermanence is everywhere, yet I still think things will last.
I have reached the gates of old age, yet I still pretend I am young.
Bless me and misguided beings like me,
That we may truly understand impermanence.


--Patrul Rinpoche, Words of my Perfect Teacher
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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed May 14, 2014 5:13 pm

Who bears within no enmity:
"He has abused and beaten me,
defeated me and plundered me",
hate is quite allayed for them.


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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu May 15, 2014 5:00 pm

That one who’s free of everything
that’s past, that’s present, yet to be,
who nothing owns, who’s unattached,
that one I call a Brahmin True.


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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri May 16, 2014 7:04 pm

Still others do not understand
that we must perish in this world,
those who understand this,
there quarrels are allayed.

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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby KonchokZoepa » Fri May 16, 2014 10:02 pm

Be kind to yourself and make a friend of who you are rather than regretting who you cannot be.

-Tenzin Palmo
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 David N. Snyder » Sat May 17, 2014 6:16 pm

Whos destination is unknown
to humans, spirits or to gods,
pollutions stayed, an Arahant,
that one I call a Brahmin True.


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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun May 18, 2014 5:41 pm

One who beauty contemplates,
whose faculties are unrestrained,
in food no moderation knows,
is languid, who is indolent:
that one does Mara overthrow
as wind a tree of little strength.


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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon May 19, 2014 5:41 pm

Who knows how clutching creatures die
to reappear in many a mode,
unclutching then, sublime, Awake,
that one I call a Brahmin True.


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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue May 20, 2014 10:22 pm

One who foulness contemplates,
whose faculties are well-restrained,
in food does moderation know,
is full of faith, who's diligent:
that one no Mara overthrows,
as wind does not a rocky mount.


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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed May 21, 2014 8:54 pm

Abandoned boredom and delight,
become quite cool and assetless,
a hero, All-worlds-Conqueror,
that one I call a Brahmin True.


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Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu May 22, 2014 5:58 pm

One who wears the stainless robe
who's yet not free from stain,
without restraint and truthfulness
for the stainless robe's unfit.


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