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Someone who has acted carelessly, but later becomes careful and attentive, is as beautiful as the bright moon emerging from the clouds.

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' Mulamadhyamaka-karika '

What is called "existence" is but clinging to things'
permanence;
And "nonexistence" is the view of nothingness.
And thus the wise and learned do not rest
In either "This thing is" or "It is not."

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NAGARJUNA'S ASPIRATION

by Arya Nagarjuna

Prostration to the Triple Gem!
Through each of my lives in samsaric states
Until I achieve the state of patience toward phenomena,
May I never be born in the three lower realms;
May I be born in higher realms in a human birth.
Having taken human birth in a higher realm,
May I not take birth as a sinful king or his minister.
May I not take birth as the leader of an army or an execitioner.
May I not take birth as a profiteer, liquor seller, sesame seed grinder,
thief, or male or female slave.
May I not take birth as one who dominates bikkshus,
A working monk, enforcer of evil rules,
Disciplinarian, sweeper monk, or challenger.
May I not take birth in any of these jobs.
May I not take birth in the land of savages or barbarians.
As one dumb, blind, deaf, imbecilic, or jealous,
In the castes of heretics, or those with wrong view,
In the lower castes, or as a butcher.
Until enlightenment is reached,
May I always take birth as a practitioner of the holy Dharma.
Having been born as a Dharma practitioner,
May I not be under the power of non-virtue.
With a life unhindered by illness,
May I meet the Dharma soon after birth.
Having met the Dharma soon after birth,
May I train my mind in the wisdom of study, contemplation,
and meditation.
May my mind be able to remain in single-pointed concentration,
Six consciousnesses undistracted by objects,
Developing physical power without defective limbs,
Sense organs perfect, as the object of veneration in a higher birth.
Able to accomplish all the Buddha's Dharma,
May I renounce the world as a youth and maintain morality,
Always relying on holy spiritual masters,
And gradually traverse the ten paths.
May I reach the unsurpassable essence of enlightenment.
Having attained the unsurpassable essence of enlightenment,
For all six realms beings in samsara,
Through various actions of skillful means,
May I perform the benefit of beings through the four social gatherings.


Written by Guru Nagarjuna. Translated by Venerable Lama Kalsang Gyaltsen,
Ane Kunga Chodron with the aspiration that all beings may attain enlightenment.

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More foolish than a man who takes foul vomit
With a jeweled and golden scoop
Are those who, gaining human birth,
Defile themselves with evil deeds.

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in "Suhrillekha":

Regard as equal, you who know the world,
All gain and loss, all joy and pain,
All good and ill repute, all praise and blame:
These eight mundane concerns are not the worthy objects of your mind.

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" SPACE "



No trace of space
Is there before
The absence of obstruction
Which describes it.

With no obstruction,
How can there be
Absence of obstruction?
Who distinguishes between them?

Space is not obstruction
Or an absence of it,
Nor is it a description
Or something to describe.

Fluidity and heat,
Energy and gravity
Are just like space.

In seeing things
To be or not to be
Fools fail to see
A world at ease.

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" Dedicatory Verse "



I prostrate to the Perfect Buddha,
The best of teachers, who taught that
Whatever is depedently arisen is
Unceasing, unborn,
Unannihilated, not permanent,
Not coming, not going,
Without distinction, without identity,
And free from conceptual construction.

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" CHANGE "


If something has an essence--
How can it ever change
Into anything else?

A thing doesn't change into something else--
Youth does not age,
Age does not age.

If something changed into something else--
Milk would be butter
Or butter would not be milk.

Were there a trace of something,
There would be a trace of emptiness.
Were there no trace of anything,
There would be no trace of emptiness.

Buddhas say emptiness
Is relinquishing opinions.
Believers in emptiness
Are incurable.

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" BODY "


I have no body apart
From parts which form it.
I know no parts
Apart from a "body."

A body with no parts
Would be unformed,
A part of my body apart from my body
Would be absurd.

Were the body here or not,
It would need no parts.
Partless bodies are pointless.
Do not get stuck in the "body."

I cannot say,
"My body is like its parts."
I cannot say,
"It's something else."

Feelings, perceptions,
Drives, minds, things
Are like this body
In every way.

Conflict with emptiness
Is no conflict;
Objections to emptiness,
No objections.

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There is pleasure when a sore is scratched,
But to be without sores is more pleasurable still.
Just so, there are pleasures in worldly desires,
But to be without desires is more pleasurable still

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The great Buddhist saint Nagarjuna moved around naked except for a loincloth and, incongruously, a golden begging bowl gifted to him by the King, who was his disciple.

One night he was about to lie down to sleep among the ruins of an ancient monastery when he noticed a thief lurking behind one of the columns. "Here, take this," said Nagarjuna, holding the begging bowl. "That way you won't disturb me once I have fallen asleep."

The thief eagerly grabbed the bowl and made off only to return the next morning with the bowl and a request:

"When you gave away this bowl so freely last night, you made me feel very poor. Teach me how to acquire the riches that make this kind of lighthearted detachment possible."

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Even more stupid than one who cleans up vomit Using a golden vase bedecked with jewels,Is the one who, having been born a human,Devotes his life to committing harmful deeds.

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Not with feelings of attachment or aversion,
Or out of conceit and pride in your appearance,
Or a wish to gain weight; eat only to sustain the body.

Letter to a Friend, verse 38

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Even more stupid than one who cleans up vomit
Using a golden vase bedecked with jewels,
Is the one who, having been born a human,
Devotes his life to comitting harmful deeds.

Letter to a Friend, verse 60

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To whomever emptiness is possible,
All things are possible.
To whomever emptiness is not possible,
Nothing is possible.


Refutation of Objections, verse 71

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To the one who taught this excellent teaching,
In which emptiness and dependent origination,
Are united in a Middle Way—
To the Buddha, I pay homage.

Refutation of Objections, verse 72

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Everything that arises interdependently
Is unceasing and unborn,
Neither non-existent nor everlasting,
Neither coming nor going,
Neither multiple nor single,
To this teaching that pacifies all complexity,
The most sacred speech of the perfect Buddha,
I pay homage!


Root Verses of the Middle Way

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There is not a single thing
That does not arise interdependently.
Therefore there is not a single thing
That is not emptiness.

Root Verses of the Middle Way, XXIV, 19

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The wise do not make many promises,But once they have committed themselves,Then, as if the pledge were carved in stone,Even in the face of death, they will not fail.

Staff of Wisdom, verse 11

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Because there are no phenomena which are not dependent arisings, there are no phenomena which are not void

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Even offering three hundred bowls of food three times a day does not match the spiritual merit gained in one moment of love.

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The Buddha taught some people the teachings of duality that help them avoid sin and acquire spiritual merit.
To others he taught non-duality, that some find profoundly frightening.

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All philosophies are mental fabrications.
There has never been a single doctrine by which one could enter the true essence of things.

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