The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step



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There are six realms of transmigration where beings take birth.

They are the realms of gods, demigods, humans, animals, hungry ghosts, and hell.
You take birth in those realms because of superior, middling, and evil karmas.

– Buddha

Lankavatara Sutra


Don’t depend on death to liberate you from your imperfections

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Say no to reincarnation!

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Nalanda LGBT Buddhist Cultural and Resource Center

No Refuge

Related imageHaving now become animals, your fathers, mothers, siblings, and friends from previous lives tremble with fear in the butcher’s sinful hands, tears streaming from their eyes, and panting for breath. In that state, they wonder what to do. Alas, there is no refuge! There is nowhere to go!

Thinking that, right now in this place, they may be killed, their urgent suffering is great. In such a state, like one approaching a terrifying pit of hellfire, their body is turned upside down, their muzzle is tied up, and their eyes move wildly with lights shining forth. What they see is their stomach being opened up. With their feet perpendicular to the ground, they are set on the path to the next life without even a quiver of compassion.

Jigme Lingpa

Breaking the Cycle

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Over and over, the seeds all get planted;
Over and over, the rain-god sprinkles rain.
Over and over, the farmer farms the field;
Over and over, the food grows in the realm.

Over and over, beggars do their begging;
Over and over, the givers give out gifts.
Over and over, the giver who has given;
Over and over, goes to a better place.
Over and over, he tires and he struggles;
Over and over, the fool goes to the womb.
Over and over, he’s born and he dies;
Over and over, they bear him to his grave.But one who’s wisdom is wide as the earth
Is not born over and over, For he’s gained the path of not becoming over again.

– The Udaya Sutra: Breaking the Cycle

Why are we born?

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The great work of life and death

In the great work of life and death, time will not wait for you.
If you die tomorrow, what kind of body will you get?
Is not all of this of great importance?
Hurry up! Hurry!
Blue sky and green sea
Are the Buddha’s original face.
The sound of the waterfall and the bird’s song
Are the great sutras.
Where are you going?
Watch your step.
Water flows down to the sea.
Clouds float up to the heavens.

– Seung Sahn


No Death, No Fear

“This body is not me; I am not caught in this body, I am life without boundaries, I have never been born and I have never died. Over there the wide ocean and the sky with many galaxies All manifests from the basis of consciousness. Since beginningless time I have always been free. Birth and death are only a door through which we go in and out. Birth and death are only a game of hide-and-seek. So smile to me and take my hand and wave good-bye. Tomorrow we shall meet again or even before. We shall always be meeting again at the true source, Always meeting again on the myriad paths of life.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh, No Death, No Fear

If you want to know your past life…

“If you want to know your past life, look into your present condition; if you want to know your future life, look at your present actions.”

Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

If you want to know your past life

Padmasambhava ~

A 37 meter high statue of Padmasambhava sits above the small Himalayan town where I live. He is known as the second Buddha because he brought Buddhist teachings to Tibet in the eighth century.
~ Collette