Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby thornbush » Sun Apr 26, 2009 1:13 pm

From the late Venerable Master Hsuan Hua:
http://www.dharmabliss.org/quotes.htm
There are no doors to the hells; you yourself make the doors.
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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby Drolma » Sun Apr 26, 2009 2:30 pm

May the minds of those who wish for liberation be granted bounteous peace
And the buddhas’ deeds be nourished for a long time

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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby thornbush » Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:40 am

http://www.rinpoche.com/quotes/quote15.htm
All the water and drink you've consumed
From beginningless time until now
Has failed to satisfy your thirst or bring you contentment.
Drink therefore of this stream
Of enlightened mind, Fortunate Ones.
-- Milarepa

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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby Drolma » Fri May 01, 2009 2:20 pm

Self-reflection is a practice,
a path and an attitude.
It is the spirit of taking an interest
in that which we usually try to push away.

Self-reflection is the common thread
that runs through all traditions of Buddhist practice.

It breathes life into our practice,
preventing it from becoming just another enterprise.
When we practice self-reflection
we take liberation into our own hands and
accept the challenge and personal empowerment.


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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby Drolma » Sat May 02, 2009 4:14 pm

Happiness and Joy

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We humans suffer from a shortage of intensive knowledge-wisdom. We search for happiness where it doesn’t exist; it’s here, but we look over there. It’s actually very simple. True peace, happiness and joy lie within you; therefore, if you meditate correctly and investigate the nature of your mind you can discover the everlasting happiness and joy within. It’s always with you; it’s mental, not external material energy, which always fizzles out. Mental energy coupled with right method and right wisdom is unlimited and always with you. That’s incredible! And explains why human beings are so powerful."

Lama Thubten Yeshe ~ excerpt from:
http://www.lamayeshe.com/index.php?sect=article&id=46
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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Sat May 02, 2009 6:11 pm

Response to a Logician
-Milarepa (1052 - 1135)

I bow at the feet of my teacher Marpa.
And sing this song in response to you.
Listen, pay heed to what I say,
forget your critique for a while.

The best seeing is the way of "nonseeing" --
the radiance of the mind itself.
The best prize is what cannot be looked for --
the priceless treasure of the mind itself.

The most nourishing food is "noneating" --
the transcendent food of samadhi.
The most thirst-quenching drink is "nondrinking" --
the nectar of heartfelt compassion.

Oh, this self-realizing awareness
is beyond words and description!
The mind is not the world of children,
nor is it that of logicians.

Attaining the truth of "nonattainment,"
you receive the highest initiation.
Perceiving the void of high and low,
you reach the sublime stage.

Approaching the truth of "nonmovement,"
you follow the supreme path.
Knowing the end of birth and death,
the ultimate purpose is fulfilled.

Seeing the emptiness of reason,
supreme logic is perfected.
When you know that great and small are groundless,
you have entered the highest gateway.

Comprehending beyond good and evil
opens the way to perfect skill.
Experiencing the dissolution of duality,
you embrace the highest view.

Observing the truth of "nonobservation"
opens the way to meditating.
Comprehending beyond "ought" and "oughtn't"
opens the way to perfect action.

When you realize the truth of "noneffort,"
you are approaching the highest fruition.
Ignorant are those who lack this truth:
arrogant teachers inflated by learning,
scholars bewitched by mere words,
and yogis seduced by prejudice.
For though they yearn for freedom,
they find only enslavement.

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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby thornbush » Sun May 03, 2009 8:44 am

http://www.dharmabliss.org/quotes.htm
If you wish others to know about your good deeds, they are not truly good deeds.
If you fear others will find out about your bad deeds, those are truly bad deeds.
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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby thornbush » Tue May 05, 2009 12:52 am

http://www.dharmabliss.org/quotes.htm
The ancient sages always blamed themselves.
Modern people, however, look for faults in others
instead of acknowledging their own faults.

Namo Amitabha Buddha!
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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby Drolma » Wed May 06, 2009 3:34 am

Be Happy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duCF0QE2Oqs





Buddha by Nature - it is your mind that makes this world

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5uFCIuIHso

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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby Drolma » Thu May 14, 2009 3:10 am

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Not to be pleased by praise,
Nor displeased by criticism,
And to maintain properly their good qualities:
These are the characteristics of noble people.

Truly excellent individuals, recognizing that generally in this world there are friends, enemies and neutral people, are unaffected by praise since they realize there are those who will surely criticize them. They are also unaffected when criticized, since they know there are yet others who will praise them. Knowing that particular words of acclaim and condemnation are merely melodious echoes, they focus on the Three Jewels, monitor their mental activity, are captivated by the Dharma, and properly abide in the tree trainings.


From Treasury of Good Advice by ~Sakya Pandita
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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby Dazzle » Thu May 14, 2009 3:24 am

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Meaningless Illusion


Kye ho! Listen with sympathy!
With insight into your sorry worldly predicament,
realising that nothing can last, that all is as dreamlike illusion,
meaningless illusion provoking frustration and boredom,
turn around and abandon your mundane pursuits.


-- Tilopa

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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby Drolma » Thu May 14, 2009 3:25 am

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His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa said:


"Even if the whole world was filled with negative people and actions, still we had to do good. We had to make the aspiration to live truthfully and act ethically, showing love and respect to all other sentient beings. These days society was very difficult and full of falsehood, but without good people the world would lose all hope. Whether we were male or female, lay or ordained, we needed courage, sincerity and the commitment to be a good person. It wouldn’t be easy. Yet, however dark the world might be, we had to be a small lamp in that dark. From now, everybody had to take on that responsibility from today."


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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby Dazzle » Thu May 14, 2009 3:29 am

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The Monarch of all Views, Meditations, and Conduct

If you are beyond all grasping at an object and at a subject,
that is the monarch of all views.
If there is no distraction,
it is the monarch of all meditations.
If there is no effort,
it is the monarch among all conducts.
When there is no hope and no fear,
that is the final result,
and the fruition has been attained or revealed.


-- Tilopa



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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby thornbush » Thu May 14, 2009 7:04 am

The Venerable Master Hsing Yun related this story:
http://www.blia.org/english/publication ... ges/05.htm
Let me tell some more stories to illustrate my point and to illustrate how we can intelligently use our time and space for our own blessings.

One day, a young person saw a very old man. He was curious and asked, "Sir, can you tell me how old you are?"

With a smile, the gentlemen replied, "Oh! I am four. I am four years old."

The young fellow was shocked. He looked at the old gentleman left and right, "Oh! Sir, please do not joke with me. Your hair is so white and your beard is so long. How could you be four?"

"Yes! I am really four!" The old man then kindly explained, "In the past, I lived a befuddled life. I was selfish and preoccupied. I wasted away a great portion of my life. It wasn't until four years ago that I discovered Buddhism. Then I learned to do good and be helpful. I learned to get rid of my greed, hatred, and ignorance. I realized that I should cultivate myself to find my true nature. My entire life had not been meaningful, valuable, or fulfilling until these past four years. You asked me my age. I really feel I have been a worthwhile person for only these four years. This is why I am only four."

Virtuous deeds should be done as soon as possible.
The Dharma should be learned as early as possible.
Please let me ask all of you: in your brief existence in this realm of time and space,
how have you been leading your lives?
Have you used the opportunity to do good and to seek the truth?
Have you used all available time and space to benefit others and yourselves?
Namo Amitabha Buddha!
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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby Drolma » Fri May 15, 2009 4:12 pm

When we practice bodhicitta prayers or meditations, it may look like we are alone, like we are practicing for ourselves, but we are not practicing for ourselves, and we are not alone. All beings are interconnected, and in that sense they are present or affected. Milarepa sang, "When I am alone, meditating in the mountains, all the Buddhas past, present, and future are with me. Guru Marpa is always with me. All beings are here."
We are not practicing for ourselves alone, since everybody is involved and included in the great scope of our prayers and meditations on this perfectly pure motivation. The natural outflow of so-called "solitary meditation or prayer" is spontaneous benefit for others; it's like the rays of the sun, rays which spontaneously reach out. This good heart, pure heart, vast and open mind, is called in Tibetan sem karpo, white mind. It means pure, vast, and open heart. This is innate bodhicitta. It is not something foreign to us, as we well know, yet it is something we could relate to more, cultivate, generate, and embody.
We talk about vast and profound teachings of Dharma, such as Dzogchen, but without this goodness of heart, this unselfishness, it is mere chatter, gossip, and rationalization.

--from Natural Great Perfection: Dzogchen Teachings and Vajra Songs by Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche and Lama Surya Das.
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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby thornbush » Sun May 17, 2009 3:02 pm

From the late Ven Master Hsuan Hua:
http://www.dharmabliss.org/quotes.htm
People have sharp eyes and will see your good points.
You don't need to praise yourself.

If you want to determine whether a person is genuine or phony,
whether he is a Bodhisattva or a demon,
you can look for the following things:
First, see whether he has any desire for sex;
and second, see whether he is greedy for money.
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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby Drolma » Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:54 pm

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"I could walk on the clouds!" says a child. But if he reached the clouds, he would find nowhere to place his foot. Likewise, if one does not examine thoughts, they present a solid appearance; but if one examines them, there is nothing there. That is what is called being at the same time empty and apparent. Emptiness of mind is not a nothingness, nor a state of torpor, for it possesses by its very nature a luminous faculty of knowledge which is called Awareness. These two aspects, emptiness and Awareness, cannot be separated. They are essentially one, like the surface of the mirror and the image which is reflected in it."

Dilgo Khyentse Rimpoche
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Re: Dharma Poems - wasan, haiku, whatever....

Postby Drolma » Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:32 pm

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Desires can be either negative or positive. If I desire to acquire something for myself--let's say I desire good health when I am ill, or a bowl of rice when I am hungry--such a desire is perfectly justified. The same applies to selfishness, which can be either negative or positive.

In most cases, asserting oneself only leads to disappointment, or to conflict with other egos that feel as exclusively about their existence as we do about our own. This is especially true when a strongly developed ego indulges in capricious or demanding behavior. The illusion of having a permanent self is a secret danger that stalks us all: "I want this," "I want that." It can even lead us to kill. Excessive selfishness leads to uncontrollable perversions, which always end badly. But on the other hand, a firm confident sense of self can be a very positive element. Without a strong sense of self, that is, of one's skills, potential, and convictions, nobody can take on significant responsibilities. Responsibility requires true self-confidence. How could a mother without hands save her child from the river?

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