His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a living Buddha and incarnation of Avalokitesvara (Chenrezig), the Bodhisattva of Compassion. He is the highest spiritual authority of the main branch of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. He is recognized as the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, also by the majority of the other schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and by non-Buddhist Tibetans as well. He frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values, (or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness), the fostering of inter-religious harmony and the preservation of Tibet’s Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence.

A Culture of the Unmistaken View

The great Tibetan scholars and practitioners of the realised wisdom teachings preserved the Ancient Indian knowledge and traditions. Tibetan culture and language houses and embodies these practices and way of life. Emaho!

The nature of true reality is to be known and realised, is antidote to the delusion of the dualistic self-grasping attachment that sentient beings experience.

A Vast Silent Knowing

Behind the movement of the conceptual mind
is vast silent knowing.
It is so simple. But we don’t believe it.
And it is sad indeed that we miss it.
We overlook the simplicity in front of us.

~ Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

“Into the Heart of Life” by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
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No trace ~ Sheng Yen

The enlightened mind is like a bird in flight that leaves no trace of its path. People will say, “A bird just flew by.” In their mind, there is a trace of the bird’s path. This is attachment. For the enlightened practitioner, that moment is already gone—the bird has left no trace of its flight. Like the bird, from moment to moment the enlightened practitioner’s actions do not leave any trace.

– Sheng Yen

from the book “The Method of No-Method: The Chan Practice of Silent Illumination”

Thanks to: Gems of Wisdom

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May the nature of reality be recognised

As long as [mind] is not recognized,
the wheel of existence turns.
When this is understood, the state of Buddha
is nothing other than that.

There is nothing that can be described
as either existing or not existing.
May the nature of reality,
the true nature of the Buddha mind, be recognized.

~ The Third Karmapa

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Vajradhara ~ Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Some of you may not know who or what Vajradhara is, and, if so, you are probably wondering right now, “Is Vajradhara a person or not, and if Vajradhara is not a person exactly, what is it?” As you know, what we call Buddhadharma or Buddhism are the teachings of the Buddha Shakyamuni.

Therefore the fundamental source and teacher of all Buddhists is Buddha Shakyamuni. And as you also know, Buddha Shakyamuni was born in India, attained Buddhahood at Bodh Gaya or Vajrasana, first turned the Dharmachakra at Varanasi and passed into Parinirvana or passed away at Kushinagara.

Saying that the Buddha passed into Parinirvana means that his physical body passed away. His mind and the wisdom of his mind did not pass away, which is to say that the qualities of his awakening—the wisdom that knows the nature of each and every thing and the wisdom that knows the variety of things, the compassion that is dedicated to the liberation of all beings, and the actual ability or capacity to bring about the liberation of all beings—these three qualities of wisdom, compassion, and ability, did not and never will change.

This unchanging wisdom mind of the Buddha is called the Dharmakaya.

What passed away at Kushinagara 2,500 years ago is called a supreme Nirmanakaya. The Dharmakaya does not stop, does not change. Therefore, because of its un-changing quality, we consider the Dharmakaya to be permanent, and because it is permanent, we call the Dharmakaya “Vajradhara.” We call it “Vajra” because Vajra means permanence, that which does not change. And it is called “Dhara,” or that which holds the Vajra, because the mind of the Buddha holds this wisdom beyond fluctuation or change within it or in its heart.

~ Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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Everyone under this blue sky ~ 17 Karmapa

Although Tibetan people, they don’t know the true geography of the world, they have a feeling when they have this kind of exercise… What is it? It is “as long as under this blue sky, or even not just under the blue sky, but in the whole space, all these beings are my relatives!” All my friends! They have such a kind heart, such a pure heart, that is, everyone under this blue sky will be my friend! All my relatives! All the people I have to take care of! So this is a way they feel and how they do Bodhicitta, although they may not know the real world geography or country name, but this is a way they do Bodhicitta.

For one reason just now, that is when you really start Bodhi, you are putting all beings, like mothers, in your heart! And therefore, your love, your compassion, your care, all of this will naturally fill everything, and for this reason we say that this blessing of heart will also be full of merit, it is infinite.

~ 17 Karmapa, Dharma in life (Day 3), 14 January 2009, Bodhgaya, India
Source: Karmapa official Chinese website

His Holiness talked about pre-1959 Tibet, and said that most people there did not know about the world, but they did have an understanding that wherever there is space, there are sentient beings who need to be loved, who need to be free from their suffering, who need to be covered by compassion and kindness. Therefore, when we generate this mind of enlightenment, the love covers wherever space covers, so it is understandable to say that when we generate bodhicitta, the merit is as vast as space. It is right to say that. His Holiness said that there was nothing more to say, our lives are full of talk, so let’s just do it, do it. ~ by the 17th Karmapa, teaches on “Living the Dharma,” January 14 2009, Bodhgaya, India source: The Official Website of the 17th Karmapa

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