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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #30 on: April 29, 2012, 08:04:53 PM »
Sit quietly. From the depths of your heart, invoke in the sky in front of you the embodiment of the truth in the person of your master, a saint, or an enlightened being.

Try to visualize the master or buddha as alive and as radiant and translucent as a rainbow.

If you have difficulty visualizing the master, imagine the embodiment of truth simply as light, or try to feel his or her perfect presence there in the sky before you. Let all the inspiration, joy, and awe you then feel take the place of visualization. My master Dudjom Rinpoche used to say that it does not matter if you cannot visualize; what is more important is to feel the presence in your heart, and to know that this presence embodies the blessings, compassion, energy, and wisdom of all the buddhas.

With deep devotion, merge your mind with the master’s, then rest your mind in his or her wisdom mind.

(Sogyal Rinpoche)

Salutations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #31 on: April 29, 2012, 08:09:17 PM »
Who is the outer teacher? None other than the embodiment and voice and representative of our inner teacher. The master whose human shape and human voice and wisdom we come to love with a love deeper than any other in our lives is none other than the external manifestation of the mystery of our own inner truth. What else could explain why we feel so strongly connected to him or her?



When we have prayed and aspired and hungered for the truth for a long time, for many, many lives, and when our karma has become sufficiently purified, a kind of miracle takes place. And this miracle, if we can understand and use it, can lead to the end of ignorance forever: The inner teacher, who has been with us always, manifests in the form of the "outer teacher," whom, almost as if by magic, we actually encounter..

(Sogyal Rinpoche)

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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #32 on: April 29, 2012, 08:15:56 PM »
There is only one way of attaining liberation and of obtaining the omniscience of enlightenment: following an authentic spiritual master. He is the guide that will help you to cross the ocean of samsara.

The sun and the moon are reflected in clear, still water instantly. Similarly, the blessings of all the buddhas are always present for those who have complete confidence in them. The sun’s rays fall everywhere uniformly, but only where they are focused through a magnifying glass can they set dry grass on fire. When the all-pervading rays of the Buddha’s compassion are focused through the magnifying glass of your faith and devotion, the flame of blessings blazes up in your being.

(Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #33 on: April 29, 2012, 08:24:03 PM »


Patrul Rinpoche’s teacher was called Jikmé Gyalwe Nyugu. For many years, he had been doing a solitary retreat in a cave in the mountains. One day when he came outside, the sun was pouring down; he gazed out into the sky and saw a cloud moving in the direction of where his master, Jikmé Lingpa, lived. The thought rose in his mind: “Over there is where my master is,” and with that thought a tremendous feeling of longing and devotion surged up in him. It was so strong, so shattering, that he fainted.

When Jikmé Gyalwe Nyugu came to, the entire blessing of his master’s wisdom mind had been transmitted to him, and he had reached the highest stage of realization, what we call “the exhaustion of phenomenal reality.”


(Sogyal Rinpoche)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #34 on: April 29, 2012, 08:33:28 PM »
Right now many of us wish for liberation, yet sometimes we cannot keep ourselves from creating the causes for cyclic existence. When we understand true suffering well, our wish for liberation will become firm. At present our resolve to reach liberation is not firm because we think of suffering, but not deeply. The deluded attitude believing that the unsatisfactoriness of change is true happiness easily arises in us because we are not yet deeply convinced that all happiness in cyclic existence is contaminated and is in fact only a variety of suffering. To remedy this, we should meditate on true suffering more often and explore its meaning deeply. Then our wish for liberation will become firm.

We consider many things--clothes, food, good health, nice possessions, financial security, the higher rebirths--as true happiness. As a result, we are attached to them and create more causes for suffering in cyclic existence in order to gain them. Thinking that the human birth is something marvelous, we work at creating the causes that propel us toward it. In fact all we are doing is creating the cause for yet another rebirth in cyclic existence, together with all the problems that such a rebirth involves.

If we understand that by its nature, cyclic existence is unsatisfactory, we will have a deep aversion to it. If we do not have a deep aversion to it, we will not be determined to be free, and therefore will not be able to destroy our self-grasping ignorance, which is the root of cyclic existence. In that case, we will not be able to attain liberation. However, when we deeply feel the extent to which we suffer in cyclic existence, we will automatically want to abandon the true origin of suffering, attain the true cessation, and meditate on the true path. Having realized true suffering, we will easily realize the other three of the four noble truths. Thus it is said: suffering is to be known. The origin is to be abandoned. The cessation is to be attained. The path is to be practiced. The determination to be free is the wish for ourselves to be free of cyclic existence. When we wish others to be free, that is compassion.

(Geshe Jampa Tegchok)



Renunciation has both sadness and joy in it: sadness because you realize the futility of your old ways, and joy because of the greater vision that begins to unfold when you are able to let go of them. This is no ordinary joy. It is a joy that gives birth to a new and profound strength, a confidence, an abiding inspiration that comes from the realization that you are not condemned to your habits, that you can indeed emerge from them, that you can change, and grow more and more free.

(Sogyal Rinpoche)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #35 on: April 29, 2012, 08:41:22 PM »
               



Those who really seek the path to enlightenment dictate terms to their mind. They then proceed with strong determination.

Be urgent in good; hold your thoughts off evil.
When one is slack in doing good the mind delights in evil.

Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines,
but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.

(Buddha)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #36 on: April 29, 2012, 08:58:17 PM »
You will fall sick, experience pain, and encounter many adverse circumstances. At such times do not think, 'Although I am practicing the Dharma, I have nothing but trouble. The Dharma cannot be so great. I have followed a teacher and done so much practice, and yet hard times still befall me.' Such thoughts are wrong views. You should realize that through the blessing and power of the practice, by experiencing sickness and other difficulties now, you are purifying and ridding yourself of negative actions.... By purifying them while you have the chance, you will later go from bliss to bliss. So do not think, 'I don't deserve this illness, these obstacles, these negative influences.' Experience your difficulties as blessings...when you do experience such difficulties, you should be very happy and avoid having adverse thoughts like, 'Why are such terrible things happening to me.

(Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #37 on: April 29, 2012, 09:37:16 PM »
Thank you for these excerpts!!!!!!!! Really good work!!!
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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #38 on: April 29, 2012, 09:51:44 PM »
Dear i,

thank you, i have been posting a little over board, too many, over just a couple of days  :D but, i did so, as it was giving me immense solace, and i began to share what bought me peace with you all :)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #39 on: April 30, 2012, 08:57:44 AM »
Ultimate wisdom (jñana in Sanskrit) refers to a direct realisation which is non-dualistic, and contradicts the way in which we ordinarily perceive the world. The experience of ultimate truth or emptiness is beyond duality.

It is important to remember that emptiness here does not refer to nothingness or some kind of nihilistic view. Emptiness refers to the fact that ultimately, our day-to-day experience of reality is wrong, and is 'empty' of many qualities that we normally assign to it.

Describing this non-dual experience in words is not really possible, as language is based on duality and contrasts. Trying to explain this experience - which contradicts our normal perception - is a bit like explaining colors to someone who is born blind; difficult to say the least.

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #40 on: April 30, 2012, 09:03:38 AM »
We cannot get rid of suffering by saying, "I will not suffer." We cannot eliminate attachment by saying, "I will not be attached to anything," nor eliminate aggression by saying, "I will never become angry." Yet, we do want to get rid of suffering and the disturbing emotions that are the immediate cause of suffering.

The Buddha taught that to eliminate these states, which are really the results of the primary confusion of our belief in a personal self, we must get rid of the fundamental cause.

But we cannot simply say, "I will not believe in the personal self." The only way to eliminate suffering is to actually recognize the experience of a self as a misconception, which we do by proving directly to ourselves that there is no such personal self. We must actually realise this. Once we do, then automatically the misconception of a self and our fixation on that "self" will disappear.

Only by directly experiencing selflessness can we end the process of confused projection. This is why the Buddha emphasized meditation on selflessness or egolessness (emptiness).

However, to meditate on egolessness, we must undertake a process that begins with a conceptual understanding of egolessness; then, based on that understanding, there can be meditation, and finally realization.

(Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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how free you really are?
« Reply #41 on: April 30, 2012, 05:58:05 PM »
Want to know how free you really are? Good! You're about to be presented with a unique opportunity to learn all about your individual level of inner liberty.

As you review each of the inner liberties on the list, just note mentally whether or not that particular freedom belongs to you. Our intention is simply to learn what's true about ourselves, not to prove anything about ourselves. Allow these forty freedoms to awaken and stir that secret part of you that knows living in any kind of bondage is a lie. Then follow your own natural sensing all the way to the free life.

You're Well Along Freedom's Path When:
  • You have no desire to change places in life with anyone else.
  • You step over setbacks without stopping or looking back.
  • You accept and appreciate praise, but never take it to heart.
  • You don't overeat or feel driven to diet.
  • You don't think about your sex life.
  • You meet and do what's true without fear of the consequences.
  • You really don't want anything from anyone.
  • You stop thinking about how much money you may or may not have.
  • You don't carry any upset from the last moment into the present one.
  • You have no interest in old resentments.
  • You start spending more time alone and enjoying it more.
  • You stop dreaming of the perfect vacation.
  • You're neither frightened nor shocked by the evening news.
  • You stop making deals with yourself.
  • You dress for comfort, not for compliments.
  • You lose all interest in trying to win mental arguments.
  • You don't blame anyone else for the way you feel.
  • You forget what it was you didn't like about someone.
  • You're awake to and spontaneously considerate of the needs of others.
  • You see beauty in life where you never could see it before.
  • Your life gets progressively simpler.
  • You see where you're wrong sooner than later, and stop defending yourself faster.
  • You do what you need to do (but don't want to do) and you do it with a lighter spirit.
  • You're not afraid of having nothing to say or do, if that's your true condition.
  • You can take criticism without cringing away from the truth it may hold.
  • You have no concern for what others may think of you.
  • You stop trying to make others see life in your way.
  • You enjoy the sound of silence as much or more than the sound of your own voice.
  • You see the same unpleasant traits within yourself that have made you shun others.
  • You say what you want, and not what you think others may want to hear you say.
  • You actually enjoy hearing about the good fortune of someone else.
  • You see more and more just how unfree you and others really are.
  • You're moods are fewer, lighter, and move on much quicker.
  • You see that society is destroying itself and that the only solution is self change.
  • You can listen to others without the need to tell them what you know.
  • You don't find a thrill in any kind of fear.
  • You know that forgiveness of others is the kindest thing you can do for yourself.
  • You realize that the world is the way it is because you are the way you are.
  • You'd rather not think about yourself.
  • You can't come up with one good reason why you should ever be anxious or frightened.
There's one more important point to bring to our attention: never be discouraged over your present location!

Discouragement is a negative emotion with more than one trick up its dark sleeve. It tricks you into mentally or emotionally dwelling in the very place you want to leave. Drop all such sorrow permanently by daring to see through this deception of the unconscious mind.

Who you really are, your True Nature, is no more tied to the kind of person you've been than the wind is tied to the skies through which it moves. Your past is just that, the past, a place within your psyche with no more reality to it that the picture of a castle on a postcard is made from stone. You have a destination far beyond where you find yourself standing today. It may not seem so at first, but your new findings are a great start. Now keep going.

Use this list and your new discoveries to help you ignite your wish to be free. Then step back and welcome the spiritual firestorm. Watch as it burns away the ties that bind. This is what it means to let the Light fight for you.

Salutations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Jesus and Buddha:The Parallel Sayings
« Reply #42 on: April 30, 2012, 06:09:18 PM »
Jesus: "Do to others as you would have them do to you." Luke 6:31
Buddha: "Consider others as yourself." Dhammapada 10:1

Jesus: "If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also." Luke 6:29
Buddha: "If anyone should give you a blow with his hand, with a stick, or with a knife, you should abandon any desires and utter no evil words." Majjhima Nikaya 21:6

Jesus: "Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me." Matthew 25:45
Buddha: "If you do not tend to one another, then who is there to tend you? Whoever would tend me, he should tend the sick." Vinaya, Mahavagga 8:26.3

Jesus: "Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword." Matthew 26:52
Buddha: "Abandoning the taking of life, the ascetic Gautama dwells refraining from taking life, without stick or sword." Digha Nikaya 1:1.8

Jesus: "Those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it." Mark 8:35
Buddha: "With the relinquishing of all thought and egotism, the enlightened one is liberated through not clinging." Majjhima Nikaya 72:15

Jesus: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you." Matthew 28:19-20
Buddha: "Teach the dharma which is lovely at the beginning, lovely in the middle, lovely at the end. Explain with the spirit and the letter in the fashion of Brahma. In this way you will be completely fulfilled and wholly pure." Vinaya Mahavagga 1:11.1

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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #43 on: April 30, 2012, 06:18:48 PM »
Sri Nagaraj, can you give me a source to all Buddhist's Tripitakas in English. I have looking for so much time but with no results.
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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #44 on: April 30, 2012, 06:37:10 PM »
Dear i,

you can download http://www.scribd.com/doc/82850627/Three-Texts-on-Consciousness-Only-Bdk-English-Tripitaka-Translation-Series

Some links:

http://www.abuddhistlibrary.com/
http://www.buddhanet.net/
http://www.buddhasvillage.com/
http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/
http://www.buddhismtoday.com/
http://www.ciolek.com/WWWVL-Buddhism.html
http://dharmanet.org/
http://www.dharmaaccessproject.org/
http://www.lamayeshe.com/
http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~ab006/dharma.html
http://www.holybooks.com/the-tree-of-enlightenment-by-dr-peter-della-santina/
http://www.plumvillage.org/
http://www.quangduc.com/
http://www.tricycle.com/
http://lhamo.tripod.com/
http://www.zenstudies.org/
http://www.ashokaedu.net/
http://www.dharmaweb.org/
http://mindfulnest.org/

Salutations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta