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However many holy words you read,
However many you speak,
What good will they do you
If you do not act upon them?

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Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine. Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery.

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Kindness should be the natural way of life, not the exception.

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He, who injures living beings, is not Noble . He is called Noble, because he is gentle and kind towards all living beings. ~The Buddha~ [Dhammapada 270]

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The gift of Dhamma triumphs over all other gifts;
the taste of Dhamma triumphs over all other tastes;
the happiness of Dhamma triumphs over all other pleasures;
the eradication of craving triumphs over all suffering.

Dhammapada 24.354

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Truth is noble and sweet; truth can deliver you from evil. There is no saviour in the world except truth

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ON CHANGE

"What then of this fathom-long body ? Is there anything here of which it may rightly be said , "i" or "mine" or "am"? Nay verily nothing whatsoever.

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This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky, rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.

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"Sitting alone,
resting alone,
walking alone,
untiring.
Taming himself,
he’d delight alone –
alone in the forest

Dhammapada

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A man long absent
comes home safe from afar.
His kin, his friends, his companions,
delight in his return.
In just the same way,
when you’ve done good
& gone from this world
to the world beyond,
your good deeds receive you –
as kin, someone dear
come home."

Dhammapada

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"As in a pile of rubbish
cast by the side of a highway
a lotus might grow
clean-smelling
pleasing the heart,
so in the midst of the rubbish-like,
people run-of-the-mill & blind,
there dazzles with discernment
the disciple of the Rightly
Self-Awakened One."-

Dhammapada

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This mind is like a fish
out of water that thrashes
and throws itself about, its
thoughts following each of
its cravings. Such a
wandering mind is weak
and unsteady, attracted
here, there and everywhere.
How good it is to control it
and know the happiness of
freedom.

[dhammapada]

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"Om Mani Padme Hum" first known description of the mantra appears in the Karandavyuha Sutra (佛說大乘莊嚴寶王經/ The Buddha Teaches the Sutra of Mahayana King's Sublime Treasure), which is part of certain Mahayana canons such as the Tibetan's. It was stated inside the sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha said, "This is the most beneficial mantra, even I made this aspiration to all the million Buddhas and subsequently received this teaching from the Buddha Amitabha." This text is first dated to around the late 4th century CE to the early 5th century CE.

"The Powers of the Six Syllables"
The six syllables perfect the Six Paramitas of the Bodhisattvas.
Gen Rinpoche, in his commentary on the Meaning of said:
"The mantra Om Mani Pädme Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful,
because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say
the first syllable :

"Om" it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the
practice of generosity,
"Ma" helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and
"Ni" helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience.
"Päd", the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance,
"Me" helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable "Hum" helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.

So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom. The path of these six perfections is the path walked by all the Buddhas of the three times. What could then be more meaningful than to say the mantra and accomplish the six perfections?"

The six syllables purify the six realms of existence in suffering.

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"Kālāma Sūtra"

Rely not on the teacher, but on the teaching.
Rely not on the words of the teaching, but on the spirit of the words.
Rely not on theory, but on experience.

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.

But after observation and analysis,
when you find that anything agrees with reason
and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all,
then accept it and live up to it ~

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Mind is the architect of our fate. It can make us sick, or it can cure us.
An untamed and defiled mind only brings suffering and pain. But when we tame our mind, it can be the source of highest bliss and peace.

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In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.

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Those who are awake live in a state of constant amazement.

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Ever grows the glory of him who is energetic, mindful and pure in conduct, discerning and self-controlled, righteous and heedful

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Many do not realize that we here must die. For those who realize this, quarrels end.

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Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except yourself.

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Elements come together and form this body. At the time of appearing, elements appear. At the time of disappearing, elements disappear. When elements appear, I do not say "I" appear. When elements disappear, I do not say "I" disappear

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As a solid rock cannot be moved by the wind, the wise are not shaken by praise or blame. When they listen to the words of the dharma, their minds become calm and clear like the waters of a still lake.”

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There is only one time
when it is essential to awaken.
That time is now.

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"Просто иди своим путём". (Притча)

Один из учеников спросил Будду:
— Если меня кто-нибудь ударит, что я должен делать?
Будда ответил:
— Если на тебя с дерева упадет сухая ветка и ударит тебя, что ты должен сделать?
Ученик сказал:
— Что же я буду делать? Это же простая случайность, простое совпадение, что я оказался под деревом, когда с него упала сухая ветка.
Будда сказал:
— Так делай то же самое. Кто-то был безумен, был в гневе, и ударил тебя. Это все равно, что на тебя упала ветка с дерева. Пусть это не тревожит тебя, просто иди своим путем, будто ничего и не случилось.

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PERHAPS NOTHING IS CERTAIN EXCEPT CHANGE



A man once came and spat on Buddha’s face.

His disciples were enraged.

Red hot with anger, Ananda said, “This is too much!

Permit me to show this man what he’s done!’

But Buddha simply wiped his face and said, “Thank you, sir. You created a context in which I could see whether I can still be angry or not. And I’m not, and I’m tremendously happy. You also created a context for Ananda. Now, he can see that he can still be angry. Many thanks, we are grateful! Whenever you can have the urge to spit on someone, you can come to us.”

This was such a shock to the man that he couldn’t believe his ears!

He’d expected to anger Buddha, and failed.

He couldn’t sleep the entire night.

Tossed and turned.

The idea haunted him --- his spitting on Buddha remaining as calm as he’d been earlier, as if nothing had happened, wiping his face and thanking him...

He remembered the incident again and again.

That face.

That calm and quiet face, those compassionate eyes.

And when Buddha had said thank you, it had not been just a formality, he’d been really grateful with his entire being.

So cool, so loving, so compassionate.

The man couldn’t forgive himself.

What had he done? Spitting on a man like Buddha!


Early the next morning, he rushed back, fell down at Buddha’s feet and said, “Forgive me, sir. I couldn’t sleep the whole night.”

Buddha said “Forget it. There is no need to beg forgiveness for something that’s already passed.”

Buddha was sitting on the bank of the Ganges.

He said to the man, “Look, each moment so much water is flowing down! I am not the same which was yesterday. Twenty-four hours have passed… Why are you still carrying something that no longer exists? Forget it.”

Then Buddha added “And I cannot forgive you because I wasn’t angry with you in the first place. If I had been angry with you in the first place I would have forgiven. If you really need forgiveness, ask Ananda. Fall at his feet—he will enjoy it!”

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