Dharma Thoughts

dancingdakini:

Today is Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, a holiday where Kadampa Buddhists engage in the purification practice called Nyungne. Nyungne is a special fasting and purification practice in conjunction with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara. It is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion, and bodhichitta.

dancingdakini:

Today is Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, a holiday where Kadampa Buddhists engage in the purification practice called Nyungne. Nyungne is a special fasting and purification practice in conjunction with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara. It is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion, and bodhichitta.

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Chapter 3 - Generating Engaging Bodhichitta - Guide to the Bodhisattvas Way of Life (Shantideva)
With great gladness I rejoiceIn the virtues that protect living beingsFrom the sufferings of the lower realmsAnd lead all those who suffer to fortunate realms.
I rejoice in the accumulation of virtueThat releases living beings from samsaric rebirthAnd leads them to the state of nirvana - The supreme, permanent inner peace.
I rejoice in the enlightenment of the Conqueror  BuddhasAnd in the spiritual paths of the Bodhisattvas.
With delight I rejoice in the ocean of virtueThat arises from generating the mind of   enlightenment, bodhichitta,Which brings happiness to all living beings,And in the deeds that benefit those beings.
To the Buddhas residing in all directions,With my palms pressed together I make this request:Pleaase continue to shine the lamp of DharmaFor living beings lost and suffering in the darkness   of ignorance.
To the Conquerors who wish to enter parinirvana,With my palms presssed together I make this request:Please do not leave living beings in a state  of blindness,But remain with us for countless aeons.
Thus, through the merit I have collectedFrom all these virtuous actions,May the suffering of every living beingBe brought completely to an end;
And until all those who are sickhave been cured of their illness,May I become their medicine,Their doctor, and their nurse.
May a rain of food and drink descendTo dispel the miseries of hunger and thirst;And during the great aeon of famine,May I become their food and drink.
May I become an inexhaustible treasuryFor the poor and destitute.May I be everything they might need,Placed freely at their disposal.
From this moment on, without any sense of loss,I shall give away my body and likewise my wealth,And my virtues amassed throughout the three timesTo help all living beings, my mothers.
Through giving all, I shall attain the nirvana  of a BuddhaAnd my bodhichitta wishes will be fulfilled.I give up everything for the sake of living beings,Who are the supreme objects of giving.
Since I have given up this bodyFor the happiness of living beings,It will always be theirs to beat, to revile,Or even to kill if they please.
Even if they play with it,Mock it, or humiliate it,Since I have given this body to others,What is the point of holding it dear?
Therefore, in whatever I do,I will never cause harm to others;And whenever anyone encounters me,May it never be meaningless for them.
Whether those who encounter meGenerate faith or anger,May it always be the cause Of their fulfilling all their wishes.
May all those who harm me -Whether verballly or by other means -And those who otherwise insult meThereby create the cause to attain enlightenment.
May I become a protector for the protectorless,A guide for those who travel on the road,And, for those who wish to cross the water,May I become a boat, a ship, or a bridge.
May I become an island for those seeking dry land,A lamp for those needing light,A place of rest for those who desire one,And a servant for those needing service.
To benefit all living beings,May I become a treasury of wealth,Powerful mantras, potent medicine,A wish-fulfilling tree, and a wish-granting cow.
Just like the great elements such as earth,And like eternal space,May I become the basis from which everything arisesFor sustaining the life of countless living beings;
And, until they have passed beyond sorrow,May I sustain all forms of lifeThroughout the realms of living beingsThat reach to the ends of space.
Just as all the previous Sugatas, the Buddhas,Generated the mind of enlightenmentAnd accomplished all the stagesOf the Bodhisattva training.
So will I too, for the sake of all beings,Generate the mind of enlightenmentAnd accomplish all the stages Of the Bodhisattva training.
The wise who have sincerelyl taken upThe mind of enlightenment in this way,So as to maintain it and increase itShould encourage themselves as follows.
Now my life has borne great fruit,My human life has attained great meaning;Today I am born into the lineage of BuddhaAnd have become a Bodhisattva.
All my actions from now onShall accord with this noble ineage;And upon this lineage, pure and faultless,I shall never bring disgrace.
Just as it is rare indeedFor a blind person to find a jewel in a heap  of rubbish,So too, by some very rare chance,I hav e generated bodhichitta.
It is the supreme nectar that overcomesThe dominion of death over living beings,And an inexhaustible treasuryThat dispels all their powerty.
It is the supreme medicine that relievesThe sickness of living beings,And a shady tree that provided shelterFor weary beings travelling samsara’s paths.
It is a universal bridge by which all living beingsCan be delivered from the lower realms,And a rising moon of a mindThat relieves the torment of their delusions.
It is a vast sun that completely dispelsThe fog of unknowing from living beings.It is the quintessential butter that arisesWhen the milk of Dharma is churned.
From the honoured guests, the beings on samsara’s   paths.Who wish to enjoy the delights of bliss,Bodhichitta will satisfy them allBy leading them to the supreme state of bliss.
Today, in the presence of all the Protectors,I invite all living beings to be my guestsTo enjoy these temporary and ultimate delights.May gods, demi-gods, and everyone else be joyful!

Chapter 3 - Generating Engaging Bodhichitta - Guide to the Bodhisattvas Way of Life (Shantideva)

With great gladness I rejoice
In the virtues that protect living beings
From the sufferings of the lower realms
And lead all those who suffer to fortunate realms.

I rejoice in the accumulation of virtue
That releases living beings from samsaric rebirth
And leads them to the state of nirvana - 
The supreme, permanent inner peace.

I rejoice in the enlightenment of the Conqueror
  Buddhas
And in the spiritual paths of the Bodhisattvas.

With delight I rejoice in the ocean of virtue
That arises from generating the mind of 
  enlightenment, bodhichitta,
Which brings happiness to all living beings,
And in the deeds that benefit those beings.

To the Buddhas residing in all directions,
With my palms pressed together I make this request:
Pleaase continue to shine the lamp of Dharma
For living beings lost and suffering in the darkness 
  of ignorance.

To the Conquerors who wish to enter parinirvana,
With my palms presssed together I make this request:
Please do not leave living beings in a state
  of blindness,
But remain with us for countless aeons.

Thus, through the merit I have collected
From all these virtuous actions,
May the suffering of every living being
Be brought completely to an end;

And until all those who are sick
have been cured of their illness,
May I become their medicine,
Their doctor, and their nurse.

May a rain of food and drink descend
To dispel the miseries of hunger and thirst;
And during the great aeon of famine,
May I become their food and drink.

May I become an inexhaustible treasury
For the poor and destitute.
May I be everything they might need,
Placed freely at their disposal.

From this moment on, without any sense of loss,
I shall give away my body and likewise my wealth,
And my virtues amassed throughout the three times
To help all living beings, my mothers.

Through giving all, I shall attain the nirvana
  of a Buddha
And my bodhichitta wishes will be fulfilled.
I give up everything for the sake of living beings,
Who are the supreme objects of giving.

Since I have given up this body
For the happiness of living beings,
It will always be theirs to beat, to revile,
Or even to kill if they please.

Even if they play with it,
Mock it, or humiliate it,
Since I have given this body to others,
What is the point of holding it dear?

Therefore, in whatever I do,
I will never cause harm to others;
And whenever anyone encounters me,
May it never be meaningless for them.

Whether those who encounter me
Generate faith or anger,
May it always be the cause 
Of their fulfilling all their wishes.

May all those who harm me -
Whether verballly or by other means -
And those who otherwise insult me
Thereby create the cause to attain enlightenment.

May I become a protector for the protectorless,
A guide for those who travel on the road,
And, for those who wish to cross the water,
May I become a boat, a ship, or a bridge.

May I become an island for those seeking dry land,
A lamp for those needing light,
A place of rest for those who desire one,
And a servant for those needing service.

To benefit all living beings,
May I become a treasury of wealth,
Powerful mantras, potent medicine,
A wish-fulfilling tree, and a wish-granting cow.

Just like the great elements such as earth,
And like eternal space,
May I become the basis from which everything arises
For sustaining the life of countless living beings;

And, until they have passed beyond sorrow,
May I sustain all forms of life
Throughout the realms of living beings
That reach to the ends of space.

Just as all the previous Sugatas, the Buddhas,
Generated the mind of enlightenment
And accomplished all the stages
Of the Bodhisattva training.

So will I too, for the sake of all beings,
Generate the mind of enlightenment
And accomplish all the stages 
Of the Bodhisattva training.

The wise who have sincerelyl taken up
The mind of enlightenment in this way,
So as to maintain it and increase it
Should encourage themselves as follows.

Now my life has borne great fruit,
My human life has attained great meaning;
Today I am born into the lineage of Buddha
And have become a Bodhisattva.

All my actions from now on
Shall accord with this noble ineage;
And upon this lineage, pure and faultless,
I shall never bring disgrace.

Just as it is rare indeed
For a blind person to find a jewel in a heap
  of rubbish,
So too, by some very rare chance,
I hav e generated bodhichitta.

It is the supreme nectar that overcomes
The dominion of death over living beings,
And an inexhaustible treasury
That dispels all their powerty.

It is the supreme medicine that relieves
The sickness of living beings,
And a shady tree that provided shelter
For weary beings travelling samsara’s paths.

It is a universal bridge by which all living beings
Can be delivered from the lower realms,
And a rising moon of a mind
That relieves the torment of their delusions.

It is a vast sun that completely dispels
The fog of unknowing from living beings.
It is the quintessential butter that arises
When the milk of Dharma is churned.

From the honoured guests, the beings on samsara’s 
  paths.
Who wish to enjoy the delights of bliss,
Bodhichitta will satisfy them all
By leading them to the supreme state of bliss.

Today, in the presence of all the Protectors,
I invite all living beings to be my guests
To enjoy these temporary and ultimate delights.
May gods, demi-gods, and everyone else be joyful!

self-assassin:

KMC Glasgow - thought for the day https://www.facebook.com/KMCGla

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KMC Glasgow - thought for the day https://www.facebook.com/KMCGla

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“Their boundless and all-encompassing compassion gives Buddhas the energy to work without interruption for the sake of others. They understand the real causes of happiness and suffering, and they know exactly how to help living beings in accordance with their individual needs and inclinations. Buddhas have the power to bless people’s minds, causing their delusions to subside and their virtues to increase; and they also have the ability to emanate innumerable forms for the benefit of others. Of all the ways Buddhas help living beings, the most effective is to teach them how to control their minds and follow the spiritual path to liberation and enlightenment.”
— Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness” (via dancingdakini)
The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life - Chapter 2 ‘Purifying Negativity’ verses 60- 65

What remains with me now from the pleasant
  experiences
Of my previous lives that have now ceased?
And yet, because of my strong attachment to worldly
  pleasures
I have gone against the advice of my Spiritual Guide.

If, when I depart from this life
And from my friends and relatives,
I must wander all alone,
Why commit non-virtue for the sake of friends
  and enemies?

'How can I definitely be freed
From non-virtue, the source of all suffering?’
Throughout the day and the night,
I should think only about this.

Whatever I have done
Out of unknowing and confusion - 
Be it a natural non-virtue
Or a transgression -

With my palms pressed together
And my mind fearful of suffering,
Prostrating myself again and gain,
I confess them all before the Protectors.

I request all the holy beings
To free me from all my evils and faults;
And since these bring only harmful results,
In future I will not commit them again.

This concludes the second chapter of Guide to the Bodhisattva’s way of Life, entiteled ‘Purifying Negativity’.