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Your favorite quotes.

Postby Indrajala » Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:28 am

Let's start a thread of powerful and insightful quotes from past masters. Please keep them relatively short and provide the author and/or text.

I'll get the ball rolling.

Unless you reflect on the truth of suffering to the point of actually becoming revolted by cyclic existence, your desire to attain liberation will be mere words, and whatever you do will lead to origins of further suffering. -Tsong Khapa in Lam Rim Chen Mo
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby muni » Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:56 am

"We hardly ever even think about the welfare of others in fact, we are no more interested in others than a tiger is interested in eating grass".

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby AlexanderS » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:40 am

The first utterance of Lord Buddha after he attained enlightment.

Deep and quiet,
simple, clear, unformed.

A truth that is
like nectar, I have found.

Whoever I explain it,
no one will understand.

So, in the jungle,
silent, I remain.
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby Mr. G » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:15 pm

    What people usually consider blessings are what I would call ‘superficial blessings.’ It’s like when you have something you want to get rid of you ask, “Please bless me to be free from what I don’t like,” whether this is being sick or in pain, evil spirits are attacking you, your business isn’t going that well, etc.. So, people ask for something to wear around their necks, something to eat, maybe some charm to be made and so on. Then when they are feeling better, the evil spirits are repelled, business is going well or whatever, they say, “I got the blessings.” These are known as ‘superficial blessings.’


    On the other hand, the real blessings are the oral instructions on how to become enlightened in a single lifetime, which you can receive from a qualified master.

    - Tulku Urgyen
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby DharmaKitty » Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:29 am

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby Indrajala » Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:32 am

You dwell among the causes of death
Like a butter lamp standing in a strong breeze.

-Nāgārjuna
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby DharmaKitty » Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:34 am

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby Tenso » Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:37 am

“We should know that Amida’s Primal Vow does not discriminate whether one is young or old, good or evil, and that true entrusting alone is needed, for it is the Vow that seeks to deliver sentient beings burdened with foolishness and blind passions.” - Shinran
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby muni » Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:01 am

To cling to a concrete reality is to be as foolish as cattle.
But clinging to emptiness is even more foolish.
Saraha.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby pueraeternus » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:12 pm

The verse of impermanence:

Impermanent are compounded things,
prone to rise and fall,
Having risen, they are destroyed,
their passing truest bliss

- Indra, at the Buddha's Parinirvana.
If you believe certain words, you believe their hidden arguments. When you believe something is right or wrong, true of false, you believe the assumptions in the words which express the arguments. Such assumptions are often full of holes, but remain most precious to the convinced.

- The Open-Ended Proof from The Panoplia Prophetica
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby DarwidHalim » Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:09 am

If you attach to this life, you are not a dharma practitioner.

If you attach to this samsara, you do not have renunciation.

If you attach to your self interest, you do not have bodhicitta.

If you grasp, you don't have the right view.

(Bodhisattva Manjushri to Sakyapa Kunga Nyingpo)
I am not here nor there.
I am not right nor wrong.
I do not exist neither non-exist.
I am not I nor non-I.
I am not in samsara nor nirvana.
To All Buddhas, I bow down for the teaching of emptiness. Thank You!
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby Indrajala » Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:29 am

Meditate again and again until you have turned your mind away from the activities of this life, which are like adorning yourself while being led to the execution ground.

~ Tsongkhapa in Lamrim Chenmo
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby tomamundsen » Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:24 am

I think Huseng is a closet Gelugpa :tongue:
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby tomamundsen » Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:31 am

Sitting itself is the practice of the Buddha. Sitting itself is non-doing, it is nothing but the true form of the self. Apart from sitting there is nothing to seek as the buddha-dharma.” (Shobogenzo Zuimonki, 2-22, transl. Okumura)
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby Indrajala » Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:41 am

tomamundsen wrote:I think Huseng is a closet Gelugpa :tongue:


Not really closet. My guru is a geshe from the Gelug-pa lineage.

I'm kind of an eclectic Buddhist of sorts. I don't identify as a Tibetan Buddhist (or as a Chinese or Japanese Buddhist for that matter), but I do have practices from TB. I just don't know enough about Tibetan Buddhist history and practices to merit participating in serious discussions on the subject.
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Postby Will » Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:43 pm

The guiding Master subdues the multitudes of demons,
he is courageous, strong, and invincible.
Within the light he proclaims the wonderful meaning.
He is this way because of his kindness and compassion.


Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 9
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: Your favorite quotes.

Postby pueraeternus » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:18 pm

Huseng wrote:
tomamundsen wrote:I think Huseng is a closet Gelugpa :tongue:


Not really closet. My guru is a geshe from the Gelug-pa lineage.

I'm kind of an eclectic Buddhist of sorts. I don't identify as a Tibetan Buddhist (or as a Chinese or Japanese Buddhist for that matter), but I do have practices from TB. I just don't know enough about Tibetan Buddhist history and practices to merit participating in serious discussions on the subject.


This is interesting - I always thought you followed Chinese Mahayana teachings in general, and did practices from one of the classical schools (such as Tiantai or Huayan).
If you believe certain words, you believe their hidden arguments. When you believe something is right or wrong, true of false, you believe the assumptions in the words which express the arguments. Such assumptions are often full of holes, but remain most precious to the convinced.

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby tobes » Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:41 am

"All things prevail for him for whom this emptiness prevails. Nothing prevails for him for whom emptiness does not prevail. For whom this emptiness prevails, for him all things - mundane and supramundane - prevail. - Why? - Because dependent co-arising prevails for him whom emptiness prevails...."

Nagarjuna, The Vig, Lxx.

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby kirtu » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:47 am

All things have the nature of mind. Mind is the chief and takes the lead. If the mind is clear, whatever you do or say will bring happiness that will follow you like a shadow.

All things have the nature of mind. Mind is the chief and takes the lead. If the mind is polluted, whatever you do or say leads to suffering which will follow you, as a cart trails a horse.


Dharmapada, 1-1,2
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"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby muni » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:53 pm

How are you?
I don't know. In the time I have noticed, i am already gone.
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