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Why is that? Think, O Subhuti, of the mountains of merit collected by an warrior saint who performs the act of giving without sating. This merit, O Subhuti, is not something that you could easily ever measure.

O Subhuti, what do you think? Would it be easy to measure all the space in the universe to the east of us?

And Subhuti replied,

O Conqueror, it would not.

The Conqueror spoke again:

And just so, would it be easy to measure all the space in the universe to the south of us, or to the north of us, or above us, or below us, or in any of the directions in between? Would it be easy to measure all the space in the universe, in any of the ten directions from where we now stand?

And Subhuti replied,

O Conqueror, it would not.

Finally then did the Conqueror say,

And just so, O Subhuti, it would be no easy thing to measure the mountains of merit collected by any warrior saint who performs the act of giving without staying.

— 'The Diamond Cutter' book

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Subhuti, this is how those who have entered well into the way of the warrior saint must think to themselves as they feel the Wish to achieve enlightenment:

I will bring to nirvana the total amount of living beings, every single one numbered among the ranks of living kind: those who were born from eggs, those who were born from a womb, those who were born through warmth and moisture, those who were born miraculously, those who have physical form, those with none, those with conceptions, those with none, and those with neither conceptions nor no conceptions.

However many living beings there are, in whatever realms there may be - anyone at all labeled with the name of "living being" - all these will I bring to total nirvana, to the sphere beyond all grief, where none of the parts of the person are left at all.

Yet even if I do manage to bring this limitless number of living beings to total nirvana, there will be no living being at all who was brought to total nirvana.

— 'The Diamond Cutter' book

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And again the Buddha spoke:

O Subhuti, in the future, in the days of the last five hundred, when the holy teaching of the Buddha is approaching its final destruction, there will come warrior saints who are great beings, who possess morality, who possess the fine quality, and who possess wisdom.

And these warrior saints who are great beings, O Subhuti, will not be ones who have rendered honor to a single Buddha, or who have collected stores of virtue with a single Buddha. Instead, O Subhuti, they will be ones who have rendered honor to many hundreds of thousands of Buddhas, and who have collected stores of virtue with many hundreds of thousands of Buddhas. Such are the warrior saints, the great beings, who then will come.

— 'The Diamond Cutter' book

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Speak the truth.
Give whatever you can.
Never be angry.
These three steps will lead you
Into the presence of the gods.

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When I pushed forward, I was whirled about.
When I stayed in place, I sank.
And so I crossed the flood
without pushing forward,
without staying in place.

~ Buddha (Ogha-tarana Sutta, Samyutta Nikaya)

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Then, Senior Śāradvatī­putra asked the Blessed One as follows: “Venerable Lord! What is the nature of luminosity—the intrinsic nature of mind?”

The Blessed One replied to Senior Śāradvatī­putra as follows: “Śāradvatī­putra, the mind neither has desire, nor is it without desire. It neither has hatred, nor is it without hatred. It neither has delusion, nor is it without delusion. Similarly, it neither has obsessions, fetters, or latent impulses, nor is it without them. Similarly, it neither has all the fetters of philosophical view, nor is it without them. It neither has the mindsets of the śrāvakas and pratyekabuddhas, nor is it without them. This, Śāradvatī­putra, is the natural luminosity of the mind with which great bodhisattva beings are endowed.”

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Senior Śāradvatī­putra then asked as follows: “Lord! Does this mind that is not the mind exist?”

The Blessed One replied, “Śāradvatī­putra, does this nature of mind with which minds are endowed exist or not exist? Does it have being or non-being? In terms of apprehensibility, is it in fact apprehensible?” [F.78.b]

He replied, “Venerable Lord! That is not the case!”

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[The Lord Buddha] then said, “Śāradvatī­putra, if the nature of mind with which minds are endowed has neither existence nor non-existence, and if it is non-apprehensible, then Śāradvatī­putra, surely your question ‘Does this mind that is not the mind exist?’ is contestable. How can this reasoning be correct?”

Senior Śāradvatī­putra then asked the Blessed One, “Venerable Lord! What is the nature of mind with which minds are endowed?”

He replied, “Śāradvatī­putra! That which is unchanging and without conceptual notions regarding all things is called the nature of mind with which minds are endowed.”


Source : The Transcendent Perfection of Wisdom in Ten Thousand Lines
Url : http://read.84000.co/translation/UT22084-031-002.html

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If you find no one to support you
on the spiritual path, walk alone.

There is no companionship
with the immature.

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Those who grasp at perceptions and views go about butting their heads in the world.

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Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree, in the midst of them all.

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As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world

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His thought is quiet, quiet are his words and deed, when he has obtained freedom by true knowledge, when he has thus become a quiet man.

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If we haven’t forgiven, we keep creating an identity around our pain, and that is what is reborn. That is what suffers.

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Live independently, clinging to nothing in this world.

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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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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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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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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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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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Kalama Sutta
The people of Kalama asked the Buddha who to believe out of all the ascetics, sages, venerables, and holy ones who, like himself, passed through their town. They complained that they were confused by the many contradictions they discovered in what they heard. The Kalama Sutta is the Buddha's reply.

– Do not believe anything on mere hearsay.
– Do not believe in traditions merely because they are old and have been handed down for many generations and in many places.
– Do not believe anything on account of rumors or because people talk a a great deal about it.
– Do not believe anything because you are shown the written testimony of some ancient sage.
– Do not believe in what you have fancied, thinking that, because it is extraordinary, it must have been inspired by a god or other wonderful being.
– Do not believe anything merely because presumption is in its favor, or because the custom of many years inclines you to take it as true.
– Do not believe anything merely on the authority of your teachers and priests.
– But, whatever, after thorough investigation and reflection, you find to agree with reason and experience, as conducive to the good and benefit of one and all and of the world at large, accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it.

The same text, said the Buddha, must be applied to his own teachings.

– Do not accept any doctrine from reverence, but first try it as gold is tried by fire.

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