Ten Signs of the Superior Person
by Tibetan Master Milarepa
1. To have little pride and envy is the sign of the superior person.
2. To have few desires and satisfaction with simple things is the sign of the superior person.
3. To be lacking in hypocrisy and deceit is the sign of the superior person.
4. To regulate one’s conduct in accordance with the law of cause and effect as carefully as one would guard the pupils of one’s eyes is the sign of the superior person.
5. To be faithful in one’s engagement and obligations is the sign of the superior person. Continue reading
By Alan Koo
This is the general term for the “things”, noumenal or phenomenal. In Buddhism, there are ten states of existence, which are also called Ten Dharma Realms. Each Dharma realm has its own characteristics, and its existence is attributed to the retribution of the beings. These ten realms do not appear to be discrete in their forms, as their existence is virtually determined by the state of mind. Therefore, it is important to note that the ten Dharma realms are not beyond a single thought. Continue reading
Merit decides success in this life. Some have vast merits and things come to them easily. One needs to prepare so to have as much merit out of this lecture as possible. Merit in time is irrelevant. Motivation and dedication decide the accumulation of merit.
The way of the Bodhisattva needs the highest motivation. Which is to free all sentient beings from their suffering.
Bridging. The Bodhisattva text is beneficial to everyone. Buddhist or not. Whether one beliefs in the afterlife or not. The Bodhisattva Shantideva enables enlightenment. The points are summarized in the text.
Chapter 1 – The Benefit of the Spirit of Awakening Continue reading
It is important to cultivate our minds through study and practice. To know what state of mind to cultivate, and what state of mind to abandon. We have to realize that our current life is short. Our future lives will be much longer, but we have to cultivate our minds now.
(The six paramitas = perfections.)
At the end of this life the body will be abandoned, but the Self will continue. So, to know that after this life we will continue with this mind, it is important to cultivate a stable mind. We need to seek lasting happiness – stable happiness, not temporary pleasures.
To strive for the benefit of others, one benefits automatically too. Our own minds are affected, even if no one else actually benefits. To wish all sentient beings and Self, full enlightenment, is to lead to lasting enlightenment. Continue reading
A Guide To the Bodhisattva Way Of Life
Author: Shantideva Bodhisattva
[Links to various translations]
The Key of becoming a Bodhisattva:
One who wishes to protect oneself and others quickly,
should practice exchanging oneself for others,
which is a great mystery.
All those who are unhappy in the world are so
as a result of their desire for their own happiness.
All those who are happy in the world are so
as a result of their desire for the happiness of others.
Enough of such talk!
Note the difference between the fool who seeks his own benefit,
and the sage who works for the benefit of others.
One, who does not exchange his own happiness for the suffering of others,
surely does not achieve Buddhahood.
How could one find happiness even in the cycle of existence?
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Protect ethics and morality to achieve a precious rebirth. To be able to choose the right circumstances to be born in. To have pleasant things in life comes from generosity.
Rebirth as LIGHT. See it, and know that what you do now, will have an effect. You will have to deal with the effects, and still strive for enlightenment.
The antidote to anger is patience. (Even the Dalai Lama gets angry.) Even animals move away from an angry person. One of the five kleshas.
Difficult people are precious, as they learn us to practice bodhicitta. And help us cultivate a mind of patience. Experiencing someone giving us problems, means that we at least have half the responsibility. Continue reading
From Bodhichitta and the Six Far-Reaching Attitudes in the Context of the Two Networks
Lecture by Alexander Berzin (2004)
I should just mention, since sometimes people come across this in tantra and it can be quite confusing, that in the highest class of tantra, we speak about white and red bodhichittas. Now, these are forms of very subtle material phenomena, physical phenomena. These are not states of mind.
These are very subtle… difficult to find a good word, but let us call them sparks of creative energy that each of us has. And in the highest class of tantra, in the very advanced stages of it, once we gain the ability to do this—which is incredibly difficult to gain, that ability—then we can move these very subtle creative energies within our body and dissolve them into the heart chakra in order to be able to achieve or access the subtlest level of mind. It’s called the clear light mind (’od-gsal). And then use that for focusing on voidness and achieving enlightenment, because it’s the most efficient level of mind. Continue reading