Another human being just like me ~ 14th Dalai Lama

Wherever I go I always consider whoever finds me as another human being just like me. We all want to live a happy life. We all respond to smiles, so wherever I go, I smile. Even when we don’t share a language, we can communicate our friendship by smiling.

~ 14th Dalai Lama

(Posted by The Great 14th Dalai Lama, Facebook, May 10 2023)




Thinking like this ~ HH Dalai Lama

I am used to seeing the merits of a person,

Thinking like this makes me feel close to each other easily.

~The Dalai Lama’s “Magic Words”

《Magic Words 》 e-book download website

http://www.dalailamawish.org/?p=1400

The Tibetan version of the Dalai Lama 113.

http://www.dalailamawish.org/?p=1332

(Posted by HH Dalai Lama, Facebook, May 21 2023)





Training the mind

If you neglect to protect your mind,
you can neither close the door to suffering
nor open the door to happiness.

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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Living the daily life with bodhicitta motivation ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The whole thing, so many practices, all come down to live the daily life with bodhicitta motivation to put all the effort in that whatever you do. This way your life doesn’t get wasted and it becomes full of joy and happiness, with no regrets later, especially when you die and you can die with a smile outside and a smile in the heart.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Thanks to: Gems of Wisdom

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Words of Wisdom

« Do this experiment: for at least a week, strive to conduct yourself, on all occasions, with mastery, wisdom, kindness, generosity …

After these few days, you will find that you are more easily able to face the difficult situations that come your way :

> you feel strengthened as if you had received energies, as if matter had developed within you, a subtle fluid which nourishes the cells of your nervous system!

As soon as you make an effort to improve your behavior, a whole structure is being built, consolidated within you …

You are even surprised!

You wonder how it is that you manage to bear without flinching inconveniences which, before, inspired you with anger, anxiety, or exhausted you nervously …

And, if you still happen to be tired, troubled, discouraged, it does not last: after a prayer, a few moments of meditation, very quickly this energy starts working again in you to restore everything. »

(Posted by HH Dalai Lama, Facebook, 22 May 2023)



Please think this with any offering you make to a Stupa ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘶𝘱𝘢, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘧 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴: 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘧.

From advice Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave on how to collect “the most unbelievable merit” when making offerings, originally in relation to offerings to the Boudha Stupa, in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Please read the entire advice- https://www.lamayeshe.com/advice/offerings-boudha-stupa

𝘐𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘬𝘩𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘉𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘩𝘢 𝘚𝘵𝘶𝘱𝘢 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘴. 𝘉𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘚𝘵𝘶𝘱𝘢, 𝘉𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘩, 𝘕𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘭, 2022. 𝘗𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘺 𝘙𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘒𝘶𝘯𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘨. 𝘚𝘦𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦- https://fpmt.org/…/zopa/gallery/nepal-january-march-2022/

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The foundation of all good qualities ~ Lama Tsongkhapa

The foundation of all good qualities is the kind and venerable guru; Correct devotion to him is the root of the path.

By clearly seeing this and applying great effort,

Please bless me to rely upon him with great respect.

Understanding that the precious freedom of this rebirth is found only once.

Is greatly meaningful, and is difficult to find again. Please bless me to generate the mind that unceasingly. Day and night, takes its essence.

This life is as impermanent as a water bubble; Remember how quickly it decays and death comes. After death, just like a shadow follows the body, The results of black and white karma follow.

Finding firm and definite conviction in this, Please bless me to always be careful

To abandon even the slightest negativities And accomplish all virtuous deeds.

Seeking samsaric pleasures is the door to all suffering:

They are uncertain and cannot be relied upon.

Recognizing these shortcomings,

Please bless me to generate the strong wish for the bliss of

liberation.

Led by this pure thought,

Mindfulness, alertness, and great caution arise.

The root of the teachings Is keeping the pratimolcsha vows: Please bless me to accomplish this essential practice.

Just as I have fallen into the sea of samsara,

So have all mother migratory beings.

Please bless me to see this, train in supreme bodhichitta, And bear the responsibility of freeing migratory beings.

Even if I develop only bodhichitta, but I don’t practice the three types of morality,

capacities of varying practitioners — small, medium, and great — which organize practices and meditations on the path into gradual stages.

Lama Tsongkhapa’s famous prayer, The Foundation of All Good Qualities, is the most concise and stirring outline available of the Lam-Rim teachings. In only fourteen stanzas, Tsongkhapa offers us a prayer that covers the entire graduated path to enlightenment, short enough to recite every day, profound enough to study for a lifetime.

I will not achieve enlightenment.

With my clear recognition of this.

Please bless me to practice the bodhisattva vows with great energy.

Once I have pacified distractions to wrong objects

And correctly analyzed the meaning of reality,

Please bless me to generate Quickly within my mindstream The unified path of calm abiding and special insight.

Having become a pure vessel by training in the general path. Please bless me to enter

The holy gateway of the fortunate ones:

The supreme vajra vehicle.

At that time, the basis of accomplishing the two attainments

Is keeping pure vows and samaya.

As I have become firmly convinced of this,

Please bless me to protect these vows and pledges like my life.

Then, having realized the importance of the two stages,

The essence of the Vajrayana,

By practicing with great energy, never giving up the four sessions, Please bless me to realize the teachings of the holy guru.

Like that, may the gurus who show the noble path And the spiritual friends who practice it have

long lives.

Please bless me to pacify completely All outer and Inner hindrances.

In all my lives, never separated from perfect gurus, May I enjoy the magnificent Dharma.

By completing the qualities of the stages and path, May I quickly attain the state of Vajradhara.

Foundation of All Good Qualities, Lama Tsongkhapa

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The Essence of the Buddhist teachings ~ 17th Karmapa

The Essence of the Buddhist teachings is as the following verse states:

Do not commit any evil actions,

Engage in excellent virtue,

And tame your own mind –

This is the teaching of the Buddha.

The entire Buddhist Dharma can be summarized by the instruction to give up harming others and to benefit them… For human beings in general and, in particular, for all followers of a spiritual tradition, the most important prerequisite for being a Buddhist is to give rise to altruistic motivation…

A spiritual practitioner needs to have a peaceful and serene mind and altruistic attitude… If together with that you uphold the distinct view of a spiritual tradition, you will be able to benefit both yourself and many others.

~ 17th Karmapa

from the book “Heart Advice of the Karmapa”


(Posted by Devotees of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Facebook, 14 February 2023)




In terms of the nature of the mind ~ 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Rinpoche

(Liberation in the palm of the hand)

“In terms of the nature of mind, the true nature of mind, I don’t know what I could say about that. It’s just there.

Usually, we think of the true nature of mind as something really high, and although I haven’t done a lot of practice in relation to the true nature of mind, if I speak from my own experience of this, I could say that eventually we will return to what we were bored with in the beginning and discover that was it.

So we start off by thinking that what we have right now is too simple, too ordinary.

The true nature of mind must be something special, something high, something prettier than what we have now. And what we have now doesn’t really satisfy our desires, it’s not very attractive to us, but if you put some serious effort into your practice, then eventually I think that recognizing the true nature of mind means returning to that place where you started with——your boring unattractive, not new, not high, mental state——and actually recognize that it has been what you’re looking for.”

~ HH The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Rinpoche

From the talk on “Compassion and the Nature of Mind”, July 29, 2011 – Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, NYC

(Posted by Devotees of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Facebook, May 24 2023)



Training the Mind ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

The quintessence of the path is to have the wisdom that realizes egolessness. Until we have this wisdom, we have not understood the essence of the Buddha’s teaching.

In order to achieve this wisdom, first we have to make our mind malleable, workable—in the sense of being in control of our own mind.

As Shantideva said, if you want to walk comfortably, there are two possible solutions. Either you can try to cover the whole ground with leather—but that would be very difficult—or you can achieve the same effect by simply wearing a pair of shoes.

In the same way, it would be difficult to train and tame every single emotion that we have, or to change the world according to our desires. In fact the basis of all experience is the mind, and that’s why Buddhists stress the importance of training the mind in order to make it workable and flexible.

Yet a flexible mind is not enough. We have to understand the nature of the mind. This is very difficult to do, precisely because it involves the wisdom of realizing egolessness. We have been in samsara from beginningless time. Our habitual patterns are very strong. We are completely deluded. For this reason, it is very, very difficult for this wisdom to appear.

So what is to be done? There is only one way to obtain this wisdom—by accumulating merit. How should we accumulate this merit? According to the general vehicle of Buddhism, the method of accumulating merit is by having renunciation mind, by contemplating impermanence, by refraining from all the causes and conditions that will strengthen the ego, by engaging in all the causes and conditions that will strengthen our wisdom, by refraining from harming other beings, and so on. In the mahayana school, the merit is accumulated by having compassion for sentient beings.

To cut a long story short, if you want enlightenment you need wisdom. If you want wisdom, you must have merit. And to have merit, according to mahayana, you must have compassion and bodhichitta, the wish to establish beings in the state of freedom.

– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

source: http://www.lionsroar.com/approaching-the-guru/


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Physical and mental health ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

When you produce a thought that is full of understanding, forgiveness, and compassion, that thought will immediately have a healing effect on both your physical and mental health and on those around you. If you think a thought that is full of judgement and anger, that thought will immediately poison your body and mind and the people around you.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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The most important education you can give children ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Young people are the future of the world. How much happiness and peace, and likewise, how much fear and danger future generations will experience depends on how children are educated right now.

A more peaceful world depends on children practicing the good heart—helping others and not harming them. This is the most important education you can give children and the very first thing to teach them.

-Lama Zopa Rinpoche


in 𝗝𝗼𝘆𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀, 𝗦𝘂𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻

𝙂𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩

Please read more freely online- https://www.lamayeshe.com/…/cha…/3-generating-good-heart

𝘐𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘢𝘮𝘢 𝘡𝘰𝘱𝘢 𝘙𝘪𝘯𝘱𝘰𝘤𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘑𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘯, 2008. 𝘗𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘺 𝘙𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘒𝘶𝘯𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘨. 𝘚𝘦𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦- https://fpmt.org/teachers/zopa/gallery/japan-2008/

(Posted by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, Facebook, May 25 2023)



Patience – The Four Principles of Positive Training

Never retaliate when you are harmed. Always remember the four principles of positive training , which are: if someone abuses you, do not abuse them in return; if someone gets angry with you, do not get angry with them in return; if someone exposes your hidden faults, do not expose theirs in return; and if someone strikes you, do not strike them back.

If someone criticizes you, picking on your most sensitive points, or angrily insults you with the most offensive language, do not return like for like, no matter how difficult it is to bear. Practice patience, and never give way to anger. Take it positively, and use it as a chance to let go of your own pride.

Practice generosity and compassion by giving the victory to others and being happy to lose. Allowing others to win is a characteristic of all Buddhist paths.

In fact, what is there to be won or lost? From an absolute viewpoint, there is not the slightest difference between winning and losing.

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

May you be happy, may you be well, safe, peaceful and at ease.

Source 🙏 Michael Gregory

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Our life is short

Our life is short. Before we know it, we have moved on to a new life. That is why […Tibetans] turn their tea cup over after a meal.

We don’t know which will come first, the next cup of tea, or the next life! This is not a cause for fear. Rather, it is a pause to celebrate the time we have in this life to use it in a meaningful way.

We are good at wasting time. Remembering the fragility and time-limit helps us refocus on meaningful activities with our behavior, talk, and attitudes. It’s never too late to readjust.

Constantly repositioning love and compassion front and center in our lives makes us feel it is worthwhile. All is good. No regrets. Ready to move on when karma calls. Emaho!

~ Barry Kerzin

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Spirituality ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Spirituality is not religion. It is a path for us to generate happiness, understanding, and love, so we can live deeply each moment of our life.

Having a spiritual dimension in our lives does not mean escaping life or dwelling in a place of bliss outside this world but discovering ways to handle life’s difficulties and generate peace, joy and happiness right where we are, on this beautiful planet.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Genuine spiritual practice ~ Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

“If worldly happiness is not the goal of dharma, then what is it that prompts a person to want to practice? Chances are that stepping onto a spiritual path would not even occur to a person who is rich, enjoys their life, and has a strong sense of personal security.

Of course all of us, even the rich, experience moments of sadness and hopelessness, and we may even momentarily feel the urge to turn our backs on all this world has to offer. But this is not a genuine experience of renunciation mind, as it has far more to do with weariness and boredom than renunciation; it is often a sign that, like a spoiled child tired of his toys, we are in desperate need of a change.

[… It is…] said that if deep down you continue to believe a tiny corner of samsara could be useful or that it might even offer the ultimate solution to all your worldly problems, it will be extremely difficult to become a genuine spiritual seeker. To believe that life’s problems will somehow work themselves out, that everything bad is fixable, and that something about samsara has to be worth fighting for, makes it virtually impossible to nurture a genuine, all-consuming desire to practice the dharma.

The only view that truly works for a dharma practitioner is that there are no solutions to the sufferings of samsara and it cannot be fixed …This is then the stepping stone for genuine spiritual practice.”

[Mistaken view of duality (self and others) – arises from self-clinging attachment to the incorrect view. Resultant obscuration/ suffering of that, is a mind that does not know/ recognise its nature and so wanders helplessly in the six realms of existence (separation from/ not realising the true nature of reality].

~ Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
[…]

(Posted by pemalotus, Instagram, 28 May 2023)

[Practices of purification of mind of duality/ delusion of self-grasping (self-clinging). Emaho!]




Advice for Dharma practice ~ Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche

When H. H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche gave the teaching of the Great Perfection, he requested that all participants must complete the five preliminary practices beforehand or no attendance be allowed. That certainly gave pressure to many who subsequently scrambled to complete in time.

Of course, if completion means only meeting the requirement of finishing 100000 mantra recitations without generating the corresponding aspiration or actions, it will do nothing for the inner self but a show of formality.

Hence, it is most important to take a systematic approach to dharma practice and be mindful at all times of pure motivation.

– Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche

(Posted by hhjigmephuntsok, Instagram, 2 June 2023)




Inner being ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche


Never blame the external environment for your laziness and lack of practice. The only thing that makes the Buddhist path impossible is you.

That is why a Buddhist practitioner is called a nangpa in Tibetan, which means an inner being. They search for happiness and the ultimate truth inside their mind, by going for refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, and by practicing the Dharma. A nangpa is the opposite of a worldly outer being, who searches for happiness outside.

So ask yourself, which one are you, an inner or an outer being? If you consider yourself an inner being, a true Buddhist practitioner, when you are faced with challenging situations, remember that they are just that – they are challenging, not impossible.

The biggest challenges of your life can become the greatest opportunities to practice what you have learnt. It is during these times that you can make incredible progress on the Buddhist path.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

(Posted by Chamtrul Rinpoche, Facebook, July 17 2023)




Root cause of our suffering ~ 14th Dalai Lama
https://justdharma.org/root-cause-of-our-suffering/

Suffering originates from various causes and conditions. But the root cause of our pain and suffering lies in our own ignorant and undisciplined state of mind. The happiness we seek can be attained only through the purification of our minds.

– 14th Dalai Lama

from the book “The Dalai Lama’s Book of Daily Meditations”

(Posted by The Great 14th Dalai Lama, Facebook, 19 July 2023)




Thank You from His Holiness the Dalai Lama

བོད་མིའི་བླ་ན་མེད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་སྤྱི་ནོར་༸གོང་ས་༸སྐྱབས་མགོན་ཆེན་པོ་མཆོག་གིས་ཁ་སང་ལ་དྭགས་ཞི་བའི་ཚལ་ཕོ་བྲང་ནས་མགོན་པོ་༸གང་ཉིད་མཆོག་ཕྱི་ལུགས་ལྟར་དགུང་གྲངས་ ༨༨ བདག་གིར་བཞེས་པའི་༸སྐུའི་འཁྲུངས་སྐར་དང་བསྟུན་ནས་དགའ་བསུའི་འཚམས་འདྲི་ཞུ་མཁན་ཡོངས་ལ་ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེ་ཞེས་བཀའ་ཡིག་སྩལ་འདུག

Dear brothers and sisters,

Thank you so much for your warm greetings on the occasion of my 88th birthday.

With a firm belief in the oneness of humanity, I have been devoting myself to contribute whatever I can to the welfare of all human beings and the creation of a more peaceful world. Accordingly, I recite the following prayer on a daily basis:

As long as space endures,

And as long as sentient beings remain,

Until then, may I too remain

To help dispel the misery of the world.

Although I have faced some difficulties over the years, I have continued to do whatever I could without losing hope or allowing my determination to flag. I’m angry with no one, not even those Communist Chinese leaders who have adopted a harsh attitude towards Tibet and the Tibetans.

Various predictions, including signs in my own dreams, indicate that I will live until I am more than 100 years old. In the meantime, I am committed to continuing to do whatever I can in the service of others.

I thank you again for your greetings and for your prayers for my long life.

With my prayers and good wishes,

Dalai Lama

Shewatsel, Leh, Ladakh, UT, India

July 18, 2023

(Posted by Voice of Tibet, Facebook, 19 July 2023)



Practice Daily As Much As You Can! ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

“Practice Daily As Much As You Can! Even though you cannot spend your whole life continuously practicing in solitary retreat, please do as much practice as you can every day.

As it is said, ‘A collection of drops can become an ocean.’ Since the teaching becomes more and more profound through continuous practice, confusion will naturally be purified, and all good qualities will spontaneously unfold.

Those are the key instructions of the gurus of the three lineages.”

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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Melody of Dharma ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

[…] This six-syllable mantra, the mani, is so easy to recite, yet it concentrates within it the substance of all the Buddhist scriptures. It is the essence of Chenrezi’s heart, and the blessings it brings are infinite.

If you make it your main practice, humans, celestial beings, and even harmful spirits will be well disposed to your, and you will have a long life free from illness and obstacles. In your next life you will be born in the Blissful Buddha-field of the Potala Mountains, or at the very least in a place where the Dharma prevails. This is because Chenrezi’s mantra contains the infinite blessing and compassion of the Buddhas”.

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones – Collected Works II p 252 – Shambhala

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