Dharma Gems

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Re: Dharma Gems

Postby PorkChop » Thu May 01, 2014 5:25 pm

Stumbled across this quote the other day on ZFI and I can't get it out of my head...

Zen Dawn, J.C. Cleary wrote:The Great Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra says: “To have no objects of thought is called mindfulness of buddha.” What is meant by “having no objects of thought”? Being mindful of the buddha-mind is called “having no objects of thought.” There is no separate Buddha apart from mind, and no other mind apart from Buddha. To be mindful of Buddha is to be mindful of mind. To seek mind is to seek Buddha. Why? Consciousness has no shape, Buddha has no form. Knowing this truth is pacifying mind. With constant mindfulness of Buddha, grasping at objects does not arise. Then it is totally formless, everywhere equal and without duality. When you enter this station, the mind that [actively] remembers Buddha fades away and no longer has to be summoned. When you witness this type of mind, this is the true reality-nature body of the Thathāgata. It is also called the Correct Dharma, buddha-nature, the real identity of all phenomena, reality itself. It is also called the Pure Land. It is also called bodhi, diamond samādhi, fundamental enlightenment, and so on. It is also called the realm of nirvāna, and prajñā, and the like. Though the names are countless, they all share one and the same essence. There is no sense of the subject observing and the object observed.
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Re: Dharma Gems

Postby Nighthawk » Thu May 01, 2014 6:23 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:To say "it is" is to grasp for permanence. To say "it is not" is to adopt the view of nihilism. Therefore a wise person does not say "exists" or "does not exist."

(Mūlamadhyamakakārikā 15.10)


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Re: Dharma Gems

Postby Will » Fri May 02, 2014 5:02 pm

[Han Shan:] When we first arrived at the hut, the noise of the roaring wind and running water used to
disturb me. Since it didn'’t seem to bother Miao Feng, I asked him for an explanation. He said, “"The
disturbance you feel is created within your own mind. You have grasped the sound and interpreted it
as noise. You should listen without judgment, concentrating on the act of merely hearing so that no
thoughts of any kind can arise in your mind. the ancients said that whoever hears without grasping,
that is, whoever can listen to sounds without thinking, will soon attain the Bodhisattva
Avalokitesvara'’s All Pervading Wisdom."”


From Han Shan's autobiography
One should refrain from biased judgments and doubting in fathoming the Buddha and the Dharma of the Buddhas. Even though a dharma may be extremely difficult to believe, one should nonetheless maintain faith in it. Nagarjuna
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Re: Dharma Gems

Postby Will » Sun May 11, 2014 4:58 pm

This uncomparable affection of the mother can be likened to the endlessness of the sky. Alas! How can we repay our mothers for bringing us up?”


-- Filial Love Sutra
One should refrain from biased judgments and doubting in fathoming the Buddha and the Dharma of the Buddhas. Even though a dharma may be extremely difficult to believe, one should nonetheless maintain faith in it. Nagarjuna
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Re: Dharma Gems

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun May 11, 2014 5:09 pm

:thumbsup:

See also: viewtopic.php?f=36&t=16270&start=40#p232885

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers everywhere!
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Re: Dharma Gems

Postby Will » Thu May 15, 2014 9:39 pm

THE FIRST BHUMI

O son of the Conqueror, Bodhisattvas in their first bhumi,
ordinary men though they be, win fruition, become worthy
of offerings in the worlds, where they have bright renown.
They are as described in this verse :—

The glorious Bodhisattvas are perfect in liberality and light up
the worlds to make them shine as radiantly as moon and sun.


There are eight rules of conduct for Bodhisattvas when they
are in the first bhumi. What are the eight ? They are liberality,
compassion, indefatigability, humility, study of all the scriptures,
heroism, contempt for the world, and fortitude.


-- Mahavastu
One should refrain from biased judgments and doubting in fathoming the Buddha and the Dharma of the Buddhas. Even though a dharma may be extremely difficult to believe, one should nonetheless maintain faith in it. Nagarjuna
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Re: Dharma Gems

Postby Will » Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:01 pm

When Bodhisattvas determine to seek enlightenment,
This is not without cause, not without conditions;
Engendering pure faith in the Buddha, Teaching, and Community,
By this they produce a broad, magnanimous mind.

Not seeking objects of desire or positions of authority,
Wealth, personal enjoyment, or fame,
It is only to forever annihilate creatures' miseries
And to benefit the world that they rouse their will.

Deep faith, belief, and resolution always pure,
They honor and respect all Buddhas,
As well as their Dharma and Sangha;
Making offerings with ultimate sincerity, they rouse their will.

Deeply believing in the Buddha and the Buddha's teaching,
They also believe in the Way traversed by buddhas-to-be,
And believe in unexcelled great enlightenment:
Thereby do Bodhisattvas first rouse their will.


Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 12
One should refrain from biased judgments and doubting in fathoming the Buddha and the Dharma of the Buddhas. Even though a dharma may be extremely difficult to believe, one should nonetheless maintain faith in it. Nagarjuna
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