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IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT WE ACTUALLY PRACTICE

[In the West], Buddhism has experienced tremendous growth. I come from the East, where we have many monasteries, temples, retreats, and meditation centers. However, it is not so much the container but the contents that need to be profound and need to be steeped within the essential teachings. The outer growth and increase in number and size of meditation centers is one aspect, but it is more important that meditators actually practice the profound teachings.

~ Ven. Khandro Rinpoche

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INTELLECTUAL KNOWLEDGE IS NOT ENOUGH

Intellectual knowledge of the Dharma alone is not enough - we have to practice. There are many stories of learned Dharma scholars having to ask for guidance from people who have not studied any of the vast treatises but who have really tasted the few teachings they have received. I remember Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the junior tutor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, saying in his teachings that when it comes to practice, many intellectuals have to go to beggars on the street to ask for advice. Even though these scholars may have intellectually learned the entire sutra and tantra teachings and may even teach them to many students, they are still empty when it comes to practice.

~ Lama Thubten Yeshe Rinpoche

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THE BUDDHA'S METHOD: MEDITATION

The method that the Buddha discovered is meditation. He discovered that struggling to find answers did not work. It was only when there were gaps in his struggle that insights came to him. He began to realize that there was a sane, awake quality within him that manifested itself only in the absence of struggle. So the practice of meditation involves "letting be."

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Remember that when you are unhappy it is generally because you do not visualize strongly enough the great things that you definitely want to accomplish in life, nor do you employ steadfastly enough your will power, your creative ability, and your patience until your dreams are materialized.

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' Be One With Christ Consciousness '



When we open our inner eyes of soul wisdom, we behold the omnipresent Light of God. Within this Light is the consciousness of Christ, the "Son" or pure reflection of God present everywhere in the universe. This Christ Consciousness, the Infinite Christ, is God's intelligence and love knocking on the closed eyelids of our souls, urging us that all we have to do is look to this Light within and we shall see all ignorance and diversities vanish. To him who has opened his inner eye, everything is One.

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Live in the world as long as it is essentially necessary, but it must be with Him. Call everything His touch; see in everything His infinite manifestation.

~ SWAMI AKHANDANANDA

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THE PRIMACY OF MEDITATION

According to Buddha, no one can attain basic sanity and basic enlightenment without practicing meditation... There is no doubt, none whatever, that meditation is the only way for us to begin on the spiritual path. That is the only way.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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THE THREE TRAININGS: HEARING, CONTEMPLATING, AND MEDITATING

The whole of Buddhism is structured around this threefold training in listening [ or hearing ], reflecting [ or contemplating ], and meditating...The first is to listen to or study the teachings with an open and receptive mind that does not distort what is being heard or studied. The second stage is to reflect carefully on what has been received in order to clarify its true significance. The third stage is to integrate the newly acquired knowledge or understanding into one's being or character. In a sense this is like putting it into practice... It is practice in the sense of doing or being it as opposed to just thinking about it.
At the listening stage a person should study the Buddha's word in sutras and commentaries, relying on explanations of qualified teachers who can clarify one's doubts.
At the reflecting stage, one discovers further areas that lack clarity, and a teacher's guidance will again be required. After further reflection yet more doubts may arise, so the process has to be repeated until a certitude concerning the meaning and significance of the teaching has arisen.
Through meditation, doubts and hesitations should disappear... As the doubts disappear one experiences directly the true meaning of the teachings, so that eventually one's meditation stabilizes free from hesitation and uncertainty.

~ Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

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THE THREE PRAJNAS ( KINDS OF KNOWLEDGE )

The Dharma is complete when one combines hearing, contemplation, and meditation in one's practice.

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THE THREE PRAJNAS ( KINDS OF KNOWLEDGE )

The Dharma is complete when one combines hearing, contemplation, and meditation in one's practice.

~ Gampopa

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THE PRECIOUSNESS OF THE THREE JEWELS

I don't take refuge in anything [ other than the Three Jewels ]. People have helped me, have been very kind to me, have been very generous to me, and have actually helped me to come so far in my life. And gratitude and appreciation is there. But it is not the same level of gratitude and appreciation that I find in myself for the Three Jewels. They will never replace the Three Jewels for me, nor will they ever replace my own root teacher and the extraordinary beings that I have come to connect with in my lifetime.

~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

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TAKING REFUGE MEANS SURRENDERING HOPE

Taking refuge here means surrendering hope rather than surrendering fear. When we give up promises, potentials, possibilities, then we begin to realize that there is no burden of further imprisonment. We have been completely freed, even from hope, which is a really refreshing experience.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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TAKING REFUGE IS AN expression OF FREEDOM

[ Taking refuge ] is acknowledging that we are groundless, and it is acknowledging that there is really no need for home, or ground. Taking refuge is an expression of freedom, because as refuges we are no longer bounded by the need for security. We are suspended in a no-man's-land in which the only thing to do is to relate with the teachings and with ourselves.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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TAKING REFUGE IN THE BUDDHA: THE INNERMOST MEANING

The innermost sense of refuge is the discovery of our own basic nature of mind, which is the nature of Buddha's wisdom. The nature of Buddhahood itself is luminous, naturally cognizant wisdom. It is usually referred to as the Dharmakaya, or the body of essential qualities. In the context of absolute truth, we go for refuge to the fundamental nature of our own mind, which is indivisible from the jewel of the Buddha. Our fundamental state of mind is totally awake, totally in the state of fully awakened heart. That is what Buddha is.
Rediscovering that heart, making a connection with that heart again, is what we call taking refuge in the Buddha, the wisdom of awakened mind. That wisdom is nothing outside; it is within the very nature of our mind. Making a strong connection with that discovery is what we call taking refuge. It is an extremely close connection. That connection is basic confidence, basic faith. It is the basic trust that we develop through our discovery.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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' Vijnanabhairava Tantra '


Cast aside the ten thousand things,
And love only one.
Don't go on to another.

Engage your lively awareness
With this one focus--
One object, one thought, one symbol.
Now go inside.
Find the center,
The soul, the heart.

Right here,
In the middle of the feeling,
Attend the blossoming--
Attention vast as the sky.

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Do not talk about the soul, heaven, or God. Talking about something that is not yet a reality for you amounts to falsehood.

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THE TRUE REFUGE IS WITHIN

The only never-failing constant refuge is not found outside or ourself, outside of our mind; It is found only within our own mind. Regarding the relationship to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha in our mind - if we are quiet clear what that relationship is and how to take refuge in the objects of the Three Jewels that we have cherished so much in our mind, then we can find such a refuge is constantly there... And through constant engagement -- solely, wholeheartedly, without looking for alternatives other than our own mind - we learn how to take refuge in the Three Jewels completely... It means not looking outside for other alternatives before we have found the way within ourselves to take refuge in the Three Jewels.

~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

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TAKING REFUGE IN THE THREE JEWELS BRINGS SECURITY AND PERSPECTIVE

When we have learned how to take refuge from the bottom of our heart over the course of our life and practice, through many different ups and downs, we arrive at a point where we feel that taking refuge in the Three Jewels never fails to bring complete security and a total sense of comfort. It is not that we want a false, unreal "reality" or an artificial kind of security and then we find those by taking refuge in the Three Jewels. These false, unfounded "realities" and artificial securities we constantly seek in our human existence have nothing to do with the true sense of complete security we find in taking refuge in the Three Jewels.
What does it mean to take refuge in the Three Jewels and find a sense of complete and never-failing security and comfort? When we have completely taken refuge over the course of our life and practice, through life's ups and downs, we find a way to pull all things in perspective. In that way there is then a way to work with our own emotions and therefore there is a way to overcome the unnecessary fears that eat up our peace of mind most of the time. Having said that, what is required here most is a sense of faith in the Buddha as the guide, Dharma as the path, and Sangha as companion.

~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

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THE LONLINESS OF THE PATH CALLS FOR THE THREE JEWELS

Loneliness here is not meant in the sense of feeling alone in an empty room with nothing but a mattress. When we talk about loneliness here, we're talking about the fundamental starvation of ego. There are no tricks you can play; there is no one you can talk to make yourself feel better. There is nothing more you can do about the loneliness t all. So, for that reason, there's need for a teacher [ Buddha ], for Sangha, and for practice [ Dharma ].

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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" My soul is your temple, O Lord "


My soul is your temple, O Lord,
My actions are your handmaids,
My body is your home,
My senses witness only you,
My sleep is pure meditation on you,
These walking feet are your journey,
Whatever falls from my mouth is prayer to you,
Oh Lord, everything I say and do are worship.

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" Nirvana Shatakam "



I am not mind, not intellect, not ego, not thought.
I am not the ears, the tongue, the nose or the eyes, or what they witness,
I am neither earth nor sky, not air nor light.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

I am not the breath of prana, nor its five currents.
I am not the seven elements, nor the five organs,
Nor am I the voice or hands or anything that acts.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

I have no hatred or preference, neither greed nor desire nor delusion.
Pride, conflict, jealousy -- these have no part of me.
Nothing do I own, nothing do I seek, not even liberation itself.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

I know neither virtue nor vice, neither pleasure nor pain.
I know no sacred chants, no holy places, no scriptures, no rituals.
I know neither the taste nor the taster.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

I fear not death. I doubt neither my being nor my place.
I have no father or mother; I am unborn.
I have no relatives, no friends. I have no guru and no devotees.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

Free from doubt, I am formless.
With knowledge, in knowledge, I am everywhere, beyond perception.
I am always the same. Not free, not trapped -- I am.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

Truly, I am Shiva, Pure Awareness.
Shivo Ham! Shivo Ham!

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" Endless is my Wealth "

The sage
king Janaka
stands on a hill
watching his city in flames
"Endless is my wealth,"
he says
"I have nothing at all,
and thus when this city of Mithila crumbles,
red embers, white ashes
all monuments of men destroyed,
nothing of mine is burned."

"I have nothing at all,
and endless is my wealth."

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Contemplate the five skandhas* as originally empty and quiescent, non-arising, non-perishing, equal, without differentiation. Constantly thus practicing, day or night, whether sitting, walking, standing or lying down, finally one reaches an inconceivable state without any obstruction or form. This is the Samadhi of One Act .

* -The five skandhas ( five aggregates )

"form" or "matter" : external and internal matter. Externally, rupa is the physical world. Internally, rupa includes the material body and the physical sense organs.
"sensation" or "feeling" : sensing an object as either pleasant or unpleasant or neutral.
"perception", "conception", "apperception", "cognition", or "discrimination": registers whether an object is recognized or not (for instance, the sound of a bell or the shape of a tree).
"mental formations", "impulses", "volition", or "compositional factors" : all types of mental habits, thoughts, ideas, opinions, prejudices, compulsions, and decisions triggered by an object.
"consciousness" or "discernment" :
In the Nikayas/Āgamas: cognizance, that which discerns
In the Abhidhamma: a series of rapidly changing interconnected discrete acts of cognizance.
In some Mahayana sources: the base that supports all experience.

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"Like recitation, flame, and looking glass,
Or seal or lens, seed, sound, astringent taste ,
The aggregates** continue in their seamless course,
Yet nothing is transferred, and this the wise should know."

* -The sutras describe five aggregates:

"form" or "matter" : external and internal matter. Externally, rupa is the physical world. Internally, rupa includes the material body and the physical sense organs.
"sensation" or "feeling" : sensing an object as either pleasant or unpleasant or neutral.
"perception", "conception", "apperception", "cognition", or "discrimination" : registers whether an object is recognized or not (for instance, the sound of a bell or the shape of a tree).
"mental formations", "impulses", "volition", or "compositional factors" : all types of mental habits, thoughts, ideas, opinions, prejudices, compulsions, and decisions triggered by an object.
"consciousness" or "discernment" :
In the Nikayas/Āgamas: cognizance, that which discerns
In the Abhidhamma: a series of rapidly changing interconnected discrete acts of cognizance.
In some Mahayana sources: the base that supports all experience.

The Buddhist literature describes the aggregates as arising in a linear or progressive fashion, from form to feeling to perception to mental formations to consciousness. In the early texts, the scheme of the five aggregates is not meant to be an exhaustive classification of the sentient being. Rather it describes various aspects of the way an individual manifests.

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TEN THINGS THAT ARE UNMISTAKEN

1.It is unmistaken to leave behind the life of a householder to become a homeless renunciant without any attachment whatsoever.

2.It is unmistaken to respect a sublime master and spiritual teacher [ as if he were ] as high as the top of your own head.

3.It is unmistaken to train yourself in the threefold combination of learning, reflection, and meditation.

4.It is unmistaken to keep a high view while maintaining a low profile of conduct.

5.It is unmistaken to be carefree while at the same time keeping a strict resolve.

6.It is unmistaken to be sharp minded while remaining humble.

7.It is unmistaken to be rich in oral instructions while exerting yourself in practise.

8.It is unmistaken to have excellent experience and realization while being free from conceit and pretense.

9.It is unmistaken to be able to live in solitude while also being able to be with others.

10.It is unmistaken to be unbound by selfishness while being skillful in helping others.

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TEN THINGS THAT ARE UNMISTAKEN

1.It is unmistaken to leave behind the life of a householder to become a homeless renunciant without any attachment whatsoever.

2.It is unmistaken to respect a sublime master and spiritual teacher [ as if he were ] as high as the top of your own head.

3.It is unmistaken to train yourself in the threefold combination of learning, reflection, and meditation.

4.It is unmistaken to keep a high view while maintaining a low profile of conduct.

5.It is unmistaken to be carefree while at the same time keeping a strict resolve.

6.It is unmistaken to be sharp minded while remaining humble.

7.It is unmistaken to be rich in oral instructions while exerting yourself in practise.

8.It is unmistaken to have excellent experience and realization while being free from conceit and pretense.

9.It is unmistaken to be able to live in solitude while also being able to be with others.

10.It is unmistaken to be unbound by selfishness while being skillful in helping others.

~ Gampopa

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