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Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby christopher::: on Thu Sep 03, 2009 4:44 am

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Like the empty sky it has no boundaries,
Yet it is right in this place, ever profound and clear.
When you seek to know it, you cannot see it.
You cannot take hold of it,
But you cannot lose it.
In not being able to get it, you get it.
When you are silent, it speaks;
When you speak, it is silent.
The great gate is wide open to bestow alms,
And no crowd is blocking the way.


~Cheng-tao Ke

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Mind

You don't have to do anything with your mind,
just let it naturally rest in it's essential nature.
Your own mind, unagitated, is reality.
Meditate on this without distraction.

Know the Truth beyond all opposites.
Thoughts are like bubbles that form and dissolve in clear water.
Thoughts are not distinct from the absolute Reality,
so relax, there is no need to be critical.

Whatever arises, whatever occurs,
simply don't cling to it, but immediately let it go.
What you see, hear, and touch are your own mind.
There is nothing but mind.

Mind transcends birth and death.
The essence of mind is pure Consciousness that never leaves reality,
even though it experiences the things of the senses.
In the equanimity of the Absolute, there is nothing to renounce or attain.


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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby island on Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:32 am

gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha

gone gone gone beyond gone completely beyond awake ah!
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Drolma on Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:03 am

All the suffering in the world comes from seeking pleasure for oneself.
All the happiness in the world comes from seeking pleasure for others.


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May I be like a guard for those who are protectorless,
A guide for those who journey on the road.
For those who wish to go across the water,
May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.


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For sentient beings, poor and destitute,
May I become a treasure ever plentiful,
And lie before them closely in their reach,
A varied source of all that they might need.


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As a blind man feels when he finds a pearl in a dustbin, so am I amazed by the miracles of awakening rising in my consciousness. It is the nectar of immortality that delivers us from death, the treasure that lifts us from death, the treasure that lifts us above poverty into the wealth of giving to life, the tree that gives shade to us when we roam about scorched by life, the bridge that takes us across the stormy river of life, the cool moon of compassion that calms our mind when it is agitated, the fun that dispels darkness, the butter made from the milk of kindness by churning it with the dharma. It is a feast of joy to which all are invited.

--Shantideva


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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby christopher::: on Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:59 am

Coming empty-handed, going empty-handed -- that is human.
When you are born, where do you come from?
When you die, where do you go?

Life is like a floating cloud which appears.
Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.
The floating cloud itself originally does not exist.
Life and death, coming and going, are also like that.

But there is one thing which always remains clear.
It is pure and clear, not depending on life and death.
Then what is the one pure and clear thing?


~Seung Sahn

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

As for me, I delight in the everyday Way,
Among mist-wrapped vines and rocky caves.
Here in the wilderness I am completely free,
With my friends, the white clouds, idling forever.
There are roads, but they do not reach the world;
Since I am mindless, who can rouse my thoughts?
On a bed of stone I sit, alone in the night,
While the round moon climbs up Cold Mountain.


~Han-Shan

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This body's existence is like a bubble's
may as well accept what happens
events and hopes seldom agree
but who can step back doesn't worry
we blossom and fade like flowers
gather and part like clouds
worldly thoughts I forgot long ago
relaxing all day on a peak.


~Shih-wu

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

The wild geese do not intend to cast their reflection
The water has no mind to receive their image.


~Zenrin

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby island on Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:13 am

A tangerine has sections. If you can eat just one section, you can probably eat the entire tangerine. If you can't eat a single section, you cannot eat the tangerine.

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby christopher::: on Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:23 am

People in the world cannot
identify their own mind.
They believe that what
they see, or hear, or feel,
or know, is mind.
They are blocked by the visual,
the auditory, the tactile, and the mental,
so they cannot see the
brilliant spirit of their
Original Mind.


- Huang-bo

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Here in Hsueh-tsu Mountain
a rapid waterfall dashes
down thousands of feet.
Here nothing stays,
not even the tiniest chestnut.
An awesome cliff rises
up thousands of feet
with no space for you to stand.
My friends, may I ask:
Where do you proceed?


- Yung-ming (904-975)

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In seeking the essence of the Way,
one should quiet the mind
and penetrate to the depths.
Silently wander within
and clearly see the origin
of all things, obscured by nothing.
The mind is boundless and formless,
just as the pure water
contains the essence of autumn.
It is glistening white and lustrously bright
in the same way that
moonlight envelops the entire night.


- Hung-chih

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby island on Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:30 am

:PP: The way is to get out of the way of the way..... :peace:
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby island on Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:30 am

The world of dew
is a world of dew
and yet, yet...

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Dazzled on Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:34 pm

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Your mind cannot be thought of, nor can it be observed.

It lies beyond being and not being, permanence and annihilation,

So remain free of the meditation on meditator and object !

When you remain undistracted from that state,

That is what is called the dharmakaya of the Awakened One !



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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby christopher::: on Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:37 pm

Luminous is this mind,
Brightly shining, but it is
Colored by the attachments
That visit it.
This unlearned people do not
Really understand,
And so do not cultivate the
Mind.
Luminous is this mind,
Brightly shining,
And it is free of the
Attachments that visit it.
This the noble follower
Of the way really understands;
So for them there is
Cultivation of the mind.


- Anguttara Nikaya

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Know the essence of mind.
Its intrinsic essence is pure clarity.
It is essentially the same as a buddha.
Know the functions of the mind.
Its functions produce the
Treasure of teachings.
When its activity is silent,
Myriad illusions become suchness.


- Tao-hsin (580-651)

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby kowtaaia on Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:03 pm

He who knows the nature of self
and understands how the senses act,
finds no room for selfishness,
and thus he will attain peace unending.
The world holds the thought of self,
and from this arises false apprehension.

Some say that the self endures after death, some say it perishes.
Both are wrong and their error is most grievous.
For if they say the self is perishable,
the fruit they strive for will perish too,
and at some time there will be no hereafter.
Good and evil would be indifferent.
This salvation from selfishness is without merit.

When some, on the other hand,
say the self will not perish,
then in the midst of all life and death
there is but one identity unborn and undying.
If such is their self,
then it is perfect and cannot be perfected by deeds.
The lasting, imperishable self could never be changed.
The self would be lord and master,
and there would be no use in perfecting the perfect;
moral aims and salvation would be unnecessary.

But now we see the marks of joy and sorrow.
Where is any constancy?
If there is no permanent self that does our deeds,
then there is no self;
there is no actor behind our actions,
no perceiver behind our perception,
no lord behind our deeds.

Now attend and listen:
The senses meet the object
and from their contact sensation is born.
Thence results recollection.
Thus, as the sun's power through a burning-glass causes fire to appear,
so through the cognizance born of sense and object,
the mind originates and with it the ego, the thought of self,
whom some Brahman teachers call the lord.
The shoot springs from the seed;
the seed is not the shoot,
both are not one and the same,
but successive phases in a continuous growth.
Such is the birth of animated life.

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Where thought arises and where it dissolves,
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby christopher::: on Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:11 am

How to Practice and Reach Enlightenment

"Concerning the causes and condition of this Great Matter, [this Buddha-nature] is intrinsically within everyone; as such, it is already complete within you, lacking nothing. The difficulty is that, since time without beginning, seeds of passion, deluded thinking, emotional conceptualizations, and deep-rooted habitual tendencies have obscured this marvelous luminosity.

You cannot genuinely realize it because you have being wallowing in remnant deluded thoughts of body, mind, and the world, discriminating and musing [about this and that]. For these reason you have been roaming in the cycle of birth and death [endlessly].

Yet, all Buddhas and ancestral masters have appeared in the world using countless words and expedient means to expound on Chan and to clarify the doctrine. Following and meeting different dispositions [of sentient being], all of these expedient means are like tools to crush our mind of clinging and realize that originally there is no real substantiality to "dharmas" or [the sense of] "self."

What is commonly known as practice means simply to accord with [whatever state] of mind you're in so as to purify and relinquish the deluded thoughts and traces of your habit tendencies. Exerting your efforts here is called practice.

If within a single moment deluded thinking suddenly ceases, [you will] thoroughly perceive your own mind and realize that it is vast and open, bright and luminous-intrinsically perfect and complete. This state, being originally pure, devoid of a single thing, is called enlightenment.

Apart from this mind, there is no such thing as cultivation or enlightenment. The essence of your mind is like a mirror and all the traces of deluded thoughts and clinging to conditions are defiling dust of the mind. Your conception of appearances is this dust and your emotional consciousness is the defilement.

If all the deluded thoughts melt away, the intrinsic essence will reveal in its own accord. It's like when the defilement is polished away, the mirror regains its clarity. It is the same with Dharma.

However, our habit, defilement, and self-clinging accumulated throughout eons have become solid and deep-rooted. Fortunately, through the condition of having the guidance of a good spiritual friend, our internal prajna as a cause can influence our being so this inherent prajna can be augmented.

Having realized that [prajna] is inherent in us, we will be able to arouse the [Bodhi-] mind and steer our direction toward the aspiration of relinquishing [the cyclic existence of] birth and death.

This task of uprooting the roots of birth and death accumulated through innumerable eons all at once is a subtle matter. If you are not someone with great strength and ability brave enough to shoulder such a burden and to cut through directly [to this matter] without the slightest hesitation, then [this task] will be extremely difficult.

An ancient one has said, "This matter is like one person confronting ten thousand enemies." These are not false words."


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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby clyde on Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:36 am

I don’t seek enlightenment, nor am I deluded; I don’t worship Buddha, nor am I disrespectful. I don’t sit for long periods, nor am I lazy. I don’t eat only once a day, nor am I a glutton. I am not contented, nor am I greedy. When the mind does not seek anything, this is called the Way.

-- Jayata
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby cham on Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:17 pm

When you begin to hold the three poisons as yours,
when you possess them fully and completely,
when you take charge of them fully,
you will find, interestingly enough, that the logic is reversed.

If you have no object of aggression,
you cannot hold your own aggression purely by yourself.
If you have no object of passion,
you cannot hold your passion yourself.
And in the same way,
you cannot hold on to your ignorance either.


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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby cham on Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:06 pm

The practice of meditation acts as a training ground and stronghold.
Out of that, the seed of friendliness begins to occur.
The main point is to appreciate your world.
That kind of world is known as the vajra, or indestructable world.
It is a cheerful world.
It never becomes too good or too bad.

Chögyam Trungpa

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby kowtaaia on Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:16 pm



Thus have I heard. Once the Buddha was dwelling in the garden of Anathapin-dada, in the Jeta Grove near Sravasti, accompanied by one thousand monks, ten thousand Bodhisattva-Mahasattvas, and many gods of the Realm of Desire and the Realm of Form.

At that time, Bodhisattva-Mahasattva Manjusri and the god Suguna were both present among the assembly. The World-Honored One told Manjusri, "You should explain the profound state of Buddhahood for the celestial beings and the Bodhisattvas of this assembly."

Manjusri said to the Buddha, "So be it, World-Honored One. If good men and good women wish to know the state of Buddhahood, they should know that it is not a state of the eye, the ear, the nose, the tongue, the body, or the mind; nor is it a state of forms, sounds, scents, tastes, textures, or mental objects. World-Honored One, the nonstate is the state of Buddhahood. This being the case, what is the state of supreme enlightenment as attained by the Buddha?"

The Buddha said, "It is the state of emptiness, because all views are equal. It is the state of signlessness, because all signs are equal. It is the state of wishlessness, because the three realms are equal. It is the state of nonaction, because all actions are equal. It is the state of the unconditioned, because all conditioned things are equal."

Manjusri asked, "World-Honored One, what is the state of the unconditioned?"

The Buddha said, "The absence of thought is the state of the unconditioned."



... from 'The Demonstration of the Inconceivable State of Buddhahood Sutra'.
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Where thought arises and where it dissolves,
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby christopher::: on Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:25 pm

At dawn with staff in hand I climbed the crags,
At dusk I made my camp among the mountains.
Only a few peaks rise as high as this house,
Facing the crags, it overlooks winding streams.
In front of its gates a vast forest stretches.
While boulders are heaped round its very steps.
Hemmed in by mountains, there seems no way out,
The track gets lost among the thick bamboos.
Deep in meditation, how can I part from Truth?
I cherish the Way and never will swerve from it


~Xie Lingyun (385 ~433)

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Clear the land, thatch the rush for roof,
All around cherish the empty, the pure.
Mountain blossoms fall by a secluded door,
Within, one who has forgotten the world's schemings.
Concern with existence needs no possession,
Comprehending the void does not wait upon reason,
All things are of conditions born,
Profound is the silence in the midst of clamor.
A person's mind is very much the same;
A bird in flight, leaving no tracks behind.


- Liu Zongyuan

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The sounds of streams are Buddha's speech.
The colored mountains are Buddha's pure body.
Night brings eighty-four thousand poems of Buddha.
Listen, and someday you may awaken.


- Su Shih (1031-1101)

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Profound quietude delivered me
To the transparent moonlight.
After enlightenment one understands
That the Six Classics
Contain not even a word.


- Wang Yang-ming (1472・529)

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Drolma on Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:02 am

Cham, thanks a lot for those words from Chögyam Trungpa :Namaste:
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby cham on Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:27 pm

:Thumb:


"Such a relief!

even if we are a cosmic monster—
Mussolini, Mao Tse-tung, or Hitler –
we can still fall in love,
we can still appreciate beauty,
art, poetry, music.

Our sore spot could be just purely the love of tortillas
or the love of curries.
But that's good enough!

Such a relief!

There is that which is called -
tathagatagarbha, or buddha nature -
that which is present
in the mind of all beings.

Such a relief!"

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Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby christopher::: on Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:10 pm

Lots of excellent quotes from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's writing shared by Carolyn Gimian, at this website: Ocean of Dharma. I like these...

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UNDOING HABITUAL PATTERNS

In order to overcome ego, we have to undo our habitual patterns, which we have been developing for thousands of years, thousands of eons, up to this point. Such habitual patterns may not have any realistic ground, but nonetheless, we have been accustomed to doing dirty work, so to speak. We are used to our habitual patterns and neuroses at this point. We have been used to them for such a long time that we end up believing they are the real thing. In order to overcome that, to begin with, we have to see our egolessness: seeing the egolessness of oneself and the egolessness of other, and how we can actually overcome our anxiety and pain, which in Buddhist terms is known as freedom, liberation, freedom from anxiety. That is precisely what nirvana means -- relief...


From "The Birth of Ego" in THE SANITY WE ARE BORN WITH: A BUDDHIST APPROACH TO PSYCHOLOGY, pp. 79 to 80.

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NATURAL INSPIRATION


Genuine inspiration is not particularly dramatic. It's very ordinary. It comes from settling down in your environment and accepting situations as natural. Out of that you begin to realize that you can dance with them. So inspiration comes from acceptance rather than from having a sudden flash of a good gimmick coming up in your mind.

Natural inspiration is simply having something somewhere that you can relate with, so it has a sense of stableness and solidity. Inspiration has two parts: openness and clear vision, or in Sanskrit, shunyata and prajna. Both are based on the notion of original mind, traditionally known as buddha mind, which is blank, nonterritorial, noncompetitive, and open.


From "One Stroke" in DHARMA ART, p. 100.

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THE HEART OF ZEN

One of the basic points in the understanding of the Zen tradition is to discipline and train the wild animal of mind, which should have become domesticated a long time ago, because this wild animal has buddhanature -- not just buddhanature, but it is buddha. So Zen is largely based on the
idea of what is known as the trusting in the heart, or believing in the heart. Every experience we might go through has the potentiality of truth -- everything -- including the confusion.


From "Beauty and Absurdity" in THE TEACUP AND THE SKULLCUP: CHOGYAM
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