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Tibetan Buddhism

Dalai Lama: There is no such thing as a Muslim terrorist

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“Buddhist terrorist. Muslim terrorist. That wording is wrong,” he said. “Any person who wants to indulge in violence is no longer a genuine Buddhist or genuine Muslim, because it is a Muslim teaching that once you are involved in bloodshed, actually you are no longer a genuine practitioner of Islam.”

“All major religious traditions carry the same message: a message of love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, self-discipline – all religious traditions”.

Source: Dalai Lama: There is no such thing as a Muslim terrorist | The Independent


Bodhisattva Prayer

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May I be a guard for those who need protection.
A guide for those on the path.
A boat, a raft, a bridge for
those who wish to cross the flood.

May I be a lamp in the darkness.
A resting place for the weary.
A healing medicine for all who are sick.
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles.

And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
May I bring sustenance and awakening
Enduring like the earth and sky
Until all beings are freed from sorrow
And all are awakened.

~ Shantideva’s Bodhisattva Prayer
Performed each morning by HH the Dalai Lama ~


Tibetan Wind Horse Prayer

As Wind carries our prayers
for Earth and All Life,
may respect and love light our way.
May our hearts be filled with compassion
for others and for ourselves.
May peace increase on Earth.
May it begin with me.
– Tibetan prayer flag is ‘Lung ta’,
meaning ‘Wind Horse’

Being a master is much better than being a slave

In ordinary life, we are under the power of disturbing emotions such as self-importance, anger, and desire. We have no control over these emotions, so they torment us and we suffer. We are their slaves, which is unpleasant. The purpose of the Dharma is to reverse that situation and to help us master the disturbing emotions – self-cherishing, pride, desire, anger and hatred – that enslave us. Being a master is much better than being a slave. Do not lose sight of this essential point: The aim of the Dharma is to get rid of disturbing emotions, and this is the only way to attain true happiness.

~ Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche


Good and Valuable

Source: Good & Valuable | Great Middle Way

Aug 1, 2017

CNR_1More than mindfulness (complete attention),

we should learn kindfulness (complete kindness).

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Without kindness, there is nothing good or valuable,

not in the family, not in society, not in the world.

—Chökyi Nyima Rimpoché


Our buddha mind is enclosed within the walls of our ordinary mind

 “It is said that when Buddha attained enlightenment, all he wanted to do was to show the rest of us the nature of mind and share completely what he had realized. But he also saw, with the great sorrow of infinite compassion, how difficult it would be for us to understand. For even though we have the same inner nature as Buddha, we have not recognized it because it is so enclosed and wrapped up in our individual ordinary minds.

Imagine an empty vase. The space inside is exactly the same as the space outside. Only the fragile walls of the vase separate one from the other. Our buddha mind is enclosed within the walls of our ordinary mind. But when we become enlightened, it is as if the vase shatters into pieces. The space “inside” merges instantly into the space “outside.” They become one: There and then we realize that they were never separate or different; they were always the same.”

– Sogyal Rinpoche, Glimpse of the Day


At the Market of Nya Non

Source: At the Market of Nya Non | Great Middle Way

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Milarepa-listeningHow pitiful are sentient beings in samsara!

Looking upward to the Path of Liberation,

how can one feel other than sorrow for those who do harm?

How foolish and sad it is to indulge in killing,

when by karma and good fortune one has human form.

 

How sad it is to do an act that, in the end, will hurt oneself.

How sad it is to build a wicked wall of meat,

made of one’s dying parents flesh?

 

How sad it is to see meat eaten and blood flowing!

How sad it is to know confusion and delusion fill the minds of men.

 

How sad it is to find but vice, not love, in people’s hearts.

How sad it is to see that blindness veils all beings

who cherish their vile deeds.

—Milarepa, at the market of Nya Non