How can we learn to love with no one to love? How can we practice giving with no one to give to, or patience with no one to irritate us?
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”
For someone whose main wish is to achieve the spiritual realizations of love, compassion, bodhichitta, and great enlightenment, living beings are more precious than a universe filled with diamonds or even wish-granting jewels. Why is this? It is because living beings help that person to develop love and compassion and to fulfill his or her wish for enlightenment, which is something that a whole universe filled with jewels could never do.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”


Having generated affectionate and cherishing love for all living beings, if we now contemplate how living beings lack true happiness we shall naturally develop wishing love - the strong wish that all beings experience pure and everlasting happiness. - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, The New Meditation Handbook

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Viewing All Living Beings as Supreme

The highest state of being is full enlightenment, and the main path to enlightenment is the realizations of love, compassion, bodhichitta, and the six perfections. We can only develop these realizations with the help of other living beings - we need them to practice love, compassion, giving, patience, etc. This makes all living beings very precious to us, since we cannot attain our final goal, enlightenment, without them. This is true no matter how they treat us. We actually need living beings that challenge us, criticize us, and test our patience; we can’t grow spiritually without them. Once we understand this, we will cherish these beings as well as the ones who please us that we find easy to cherish. Eventually, we will be able to cherish all living beings without exception.

startaskingwhy said: What's tsog day

Tsog days, also traditionally known as “tenth days” are holidays in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar. They are traditionally on the waxing and waning moon, but since Westerners follow a solar calendar and not a lunar one, in the New Kadampa Tradition we have our tsog days on the 10th and 25th of every month. We recite the prayer “Offerings to the Spiritual Guide” and make what are called tsog offerings, which are offerings of food and drink (vegetarian and non-alcoholic), to our Spiritual Guide (or Guru) and lineage Gurus. Tsog offerings are made with other prayers as well, and are offered to the Buddhas, Gurus, and all living beings.

A sick person cannot be cured of his illness just by reading the instructions on a bottle of medicine, but he can be cured by actually taking the medicine. Similarly Buddha gave Dharma instructions as supreme medicine to cure the inner disease of our delusions, but we cannot cure this disease just by reading or studying Dharma books. We can only solve our daily problems by taking Dharma into our heart and practicing it sincerely.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”


O Root and lineage Gurus, whose nature is compassion, the assembly of Yidams and objects of refuge, the Three Precious Jewels, and the hosts of Heroes, Dakinis, Dharma Protectors and Dharmapalas, I invite you, please come to this place of offerings.

Amidst vast clouds of outer, inner and secret offerings, with light radiating even from your feet, O Supremely Accomplished One please remain firm on this beautiful throne of jewels and bestow the attainments that that we long for.

Offering to the Spiritual Guide, Tharpa Publications

Happy Tsog Day!

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Tantra: Bringing the result into the path


Tantra: Bringing the result into the path

I’m carrying on from this article on Tantra, and how we can use the power of bliss, wisdom, and the creative power of our imagination swiftly to switch our sense of being stuck and limited with the sense of being liberated and enlightened.

imaginationOf course we cannot say we are ACTUALLY a Buddha, but we can’t say we are ACTUALLY a neurotic person either. Identifying with our good qualities, identifying…

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"Buddha is similarly very kind and patient, painstakingly pointing out to us that we can do it, he did it, others have done it, we have the potential, and the teachings and methods exist. The only thing stopping us is us."

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We need to keep a constant watch over our mind and learn to distinguish between the beneficial and harmful thoughts that are arising moment by moment. Those who are able to do this are truly wise.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”
There are no valid reasons whatsoever for thinking that we are more important than others. For Buddhas, who have unmistaken minds and see things exactly as they are, all beings are equally important
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso ~ 8 Steps to Happiness (via self-assassin)
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