Friday, November 03, 2006
By Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen
To the feet of the Holy Guru, I bow! Generally, having obtained a body of leisure and fortune and met with the precious teaching of the Buddha; giving rise to an unfabricated mind with the aim of practicing the unmistaken Holy Dharma, should practice the 'Separation from the Four Attachments.' If asked what that is; non-attachment to this life; non-attachment to the Three Realms of Existence; non-attachment to self-purpose; non-attachment to phenomena and characteristics.
To explain that; this life is like a water bubble and the time of death is indefinite, it is not worth having attachment.
The Three Realms of Existence are like poisonous fruit, superficially delicious, eventually inflicting harm; having attachment to them is deluded.
Attachment to self-purpose is like cherishing the son of an enemy; though superficial joy may appear to be like joy, eventually it will certainly inflict harm. Even the superficial happiness from attachment to self-purpose certainly will eventually lead to a bad rebirth.
Manifestly attached to phenomena and characteristics is like grasping for water in a mirage; though a superficial appearance of water, there is no substance to be drunk. This Existence, appearing to a deluded mind, when examined with wisdom no entities are found to exist. Knowing not to rest the mind in the past, not to rest the mind in the future, not resting the consciousness in the present; know all dharmas to be free of elaboration.
Practicing like that, with non-attachment to just this life there will be no bad rebirths; non-attachment to the Three Realms - not born in Existence; non-attachment to self-purpose - not born as a shravaka/pratyekabuddha; non-attachment to phenomena and characteristics - to quickly manifest Complete Perfection.
(The instructions on the 'Separation from the Four Attachments,' the unmistaken heart intention of Pal Sakyapa Chenpo, written by Sakya Pandita).
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
by Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston
Many nights we've prayed
With no proof anyone could hear
In our hearts a hopeful song
We barely understood
Now we are not afraid
Although we know there's much to fear
We were moving mountains
Long before we knew we could
In this time of fear
When prayer so often proves in vain
Hope seemed like the summer birds
Too swiftly flown away
Yet now I'm standing here
My heart's so full, I can't explain
Seeking faith and speaking words
I never thought I'd say
In times when all your hope is gone
And you go through life afraid
In your heart there lies a hopeful song
That is there to guide the way
And all the hurt and all the pain
You soon will learn was not in vain
For all your prayers, they will be heard
They'll come to pass through faith
There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail
It's hard to kill
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe
Somehow you will,
You will when you Believe!
Thursday, September 28, 2006
~ The 1st Jamgon Kontrul Lodro Thaye the Great
Lama, think of me.
Glorious Lama dispelling the darkness of ignorance;
Glorious Lama revealing the path of liberation;
Glorious Lama liberating from the waters of cyclic existence;
Glorious Lama dispelling the diseases of the five poisons;
Glorious Lama, wish-fulfilling gem.
please bless me to recall death and impermanence sincerely.
please bless me to generate contentment within myself.
please bless me to dwell in isolation in one-pointed practice.
please bless me to be free of any interruption to my practice.
please bless me so that all bad conditions appear as helpers.
please bless me to spontaneously achieve my own and other's welfare.
Please bless me now quickly.
Please bless me very quickly.
Please bless me on this very cushion.
Please bless me in this very session!
Lama, remember us!
Precious Lama, we pray to you; Lord of Dharma full of kindness, I call to you devotedly. We unfortunate ones have no other hope but you. Please bless us so that your Mind and ours be united without differentiation.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen
The main student of Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen was his nephew, the son of Palchen Opoche, the famous Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen (1182-1251). He studied Buddhist and non-Buddhist philosophy, tantra, logic, Sanskrit, poetry, astrology and art with countless Indian, Nepalese, Kashmiri and Tibetan masters and achieved mastery over all these subjects.
His works such as the Treasury of Logic on Valid Cognition (Tsema rigter) and the Discrimination of the Three Vows (Domsum rabye) are famous to this day. In all, he wrote 114 religious treatises. The Treasury of Logic on Valid Cognition was the only text of Tibetan origin ever to have been translated into the Sanskrit language. The translation was rendered by his Indian students at Nalanda University in Magadha, and was received with much acclaim.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
"Even the earthen pot, by having once existed, and now by not existing,
Demonstrates the component nature of all things.
But more especially it symbolises human life.
Therefore, I Mila the Devotee do
Resolve to persevere unwaveringly.
The earthen pot, which constituted my sole wealth,
By breaking, has now become a Guru,
For it preaches to me a wondrous sermon on Impermanence."
Friday, August 25, 2006
Born into emptiness
Learn to be lonely
Learn to find your way in darkness
Who will be there for you
Comfort and care for you
Learn to be lonely
Learn to be your one companion
Never dreamed out in the world
There are arms to hold you
You’ve always known your heart was on its own
So laugh in your loneliness
Child of the wilderness
Learn to Be lonely
Learn how to love life that is lived alone
Learn to be lonely
Life can be lived life can be loved alone
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Being the eldest in this family, His Eminence was ordained as a monk at the age of ten by the most gracious Khenchen Sarchen Jamyang Thupten Lungtok Gyaltsen Palsangpo. For the next thirteen years, His Eminence was blessed with pith instructions of Lamdre, several initiations, oral transmissions, advice, grammar, poetry and so on from Khenchen Sarchen. His Eminence other teachers include the two Khenchens of Ewam Khangsar Ladrang, His Holiness Sakya Trizin and His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche.
For almost four continuous years from the age of seventeen, His Eminence was in a retreat, practicing mainly on sadhanas of Hevajra and other deities. In 1954 at the age of twenty-four, His Eminence was enthroned as the abbot of the Ngor Ewam Choedhe monastery.
In 1959, after the change of circumstances in Tibet, His Eminence left Tibet and fled to Darjeeling, India. In 1961, His Eminence established the Ngor center in Gangtok, Sikkim. In 1978, His Eminence also re-established the Ngor Monastery in Mandawala, North India.
His Eminence has contributed greatly to the Dharma by giving continuous teachings, empowerments, oral transmissions and re-establishing summer retreats in various Sakya monasteries in India, Nepal and other Sakya centers overseas. His Eminence have given the precious teaching of Lamdre fifteen times, initations and instructions mainly on the seven mandalas of Ngor tradition and other deities and have ordained ten thousand monks.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Jamyang is the Tibetan name for the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. Another translation of the word Jamyang (or Manjushri in Sanskrit) is Gentle Voice.
Manjushri, is the bodhisattva of keen awareness in Buddhism. A disciple of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, he represents wisdom, intelligence and realisation, and is one of the most popular Bodhisattvas following Avalokitesvara.
Together with Shakyamuni and fellow disciple Samantabhadra he forms the Shakyamuni trinity. Manjusri is one of the Eight Wisdom Bodhisattvas. In Tibetan Buddhism he sometimes is depicted in a trinity with Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani.
Manjusri is mentioned in many Mahayana sutras, particularly the Prajnaparamita Sutras. The Lotus Sutra assigns him a paradise called Vimala, which according to the Avatamsaka Sutra is located in the east. His consort in some traditions is Saraswati. He is also sometimes called Manjughosha.
Within Tibetan Buddhism, Manjushri is a tantric meditational deity or Yidam, and considered a fully enlightened Buddha.