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Re: Quote for the day

Postby muni » Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:33 am

when we are dwelling in painful poisons
when we are in the limitations of concepts
we percieve the boundless love-joy-compassion in equanimity
as senseless emotions belonging to another religion.
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby White Lotus » Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:01 pm

:namaste: a grumpy mood and a hangover
are the sight of enlightenment.
in any matters of importance. dont rely on me. i may not know what i am talking about. take what i say as mere speculation. i am not ordained. nor do i have a formal training. i do believe though that if i am wrong on any point. there are those on this site who i hope will quickly point out my mistakes.
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby muni » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:34 am

When we mispercieve own projections through the intellect's proud duality; our naturally freedom remains hidden.
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby White Lotus » Sat Jul 24, 2010 4:07 pm

:namaste: Zen Master Keizan:

..."The Way of non attainment".
in any matters of importance. dont rely on me. i may not know what i am talking about. take what i say as mere speculation. i am not ordained. nor do i have a formal training. i do believe though that if i am wrong on any point. there are those on this site who i hope will quickly point out my mistakes.
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby BFS » Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:31 pm

" as soon as you clearly understand a subject,
you should hold it in your heart and practice it.
You will then taste the teaching.
Of course, I am not saying that you should not learn Dharma well; but take whatever you learn into your heart and integrate it.
In fact, according to the great Sakya Pandita, someone who tries to meditate without first receiving the teachings is like a person without arms or legs trying to climb up a steep mountain.
It is important to have a firm practice."

Lama Thubten Yeshe
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby BFS » Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:41 pm

"While the sentient beings appearing to us are mere nominalities and dependently arising appearances, they still want to be happy, so treating them with kindness is totally appropriate. In addition, treating them kindly helps to create the causes for our pleasant appearances in the future."
Venerable Thubten Chodron
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby Mr. G » Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:43 pm

The esoteric practices of tantric Buddhism work to develop and liberate the Imagination. One common meditation involves visualizing awakened beings. As light flows from those luminous beings and penetrates us, we merge with them, embodying their serenity, wisdom and compassion. We imagine that we are what we would like to be. Sense of self is deconstructed and reconstructed into an enlightened being. One concludes by dissolving the whole imaginary panorama into emptiness.

The Christian Heaven, the Pure Land of Buddhism: are we suddenly whisked away to them, or do we gain them by becoming the kind of person who would live in such a place?

- David Loy, The World is Made of Stories
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby Mr. G » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:29 pm

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    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Sat Sep 04, 2010 2:09 am

"Live with compassion
Work with compassion
Die with compassion
Meditate with compassion
Enjoy with compassion
When problems come,
Experience them with compassion."

-Lama Zopa Rinpoche:
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby Mr. G » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:48 pm

It has always seemed strange to me… The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second. - John Steinbeck - Cannery Row
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    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby muni » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:39 pm

In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that
someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has
a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction.
Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged.

Dalai Lama.
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:34 pm

"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher." - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:51 pm

"If one meditates on the Medicine Buddha, one will eventually attain enlightenment, but in the meantime one will experience an increase in healing powers both for oneself and others and a decrease in physical and mental illness and suffering."

—Lama Tashi Namgyal
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:41 pm

Gems and Facets

If you are a Theravadin, Dzogchen seems similar to Vipassana, if you are a Vajrayanist, Dzogchen seems similar to Mahamudra. If you are Zen pracitioner, Dzogchen seems similar to Zen. If you are a Mahayanist, Dzogchen seems similar to Madhyamaka and so on.

The reason for this is that Dzogchen is the essence of all Buddhist practice. Dzogchen is the gem, these other practices are the facets. Dzogchen encompasses them all, exceeds them all, and brings them all to their fullest expression.

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Re: Quote for the day

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:41 pm

Material progress and a higher standard of living bring us greater comfort and health, but do not lead to a transformation of the mind, which is the only thing capable of providing lasting peace. Profound happiness, unlike fleeting pleasures, is spiritual in nature. It depends on the happiness of others and it is based on love and affection.
-The Dalai Lama
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby Ogyen » Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:23 am

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
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"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget." –Arundhati Roy
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby Hanzze » Sat Nov 20, 2010 4:45 am

No way out! Time to go inside.
Just that! :-)
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby muni » Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:02 pm

Not, not nothing...

Says the lama to his pupil: "Do you understand that you don't really exist?"
Upon which the pupil replies: "Whom are you telling that?"
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Re: Quote for the day

Postby Jikan » Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:19 am

Just this... from birth to death


--graffito on a train trestle over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, MN, USA.
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