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”

kadampapenny:

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

kadampalife:

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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The moment we notice attachment arising in our mind we should be on our guard - no matter how pleasant it may seem to follow our attachment, it is like licking honey off a razor’s edge, and in the long run invariably leads to more suffering.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”

kadampapenny:

After having indulged my self-cherishing for so many lives, now is the time to realize that it simply does not work. Now is the time to switch the object of my cherishing from myself to all living beings. - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, The New Meditation Handbook

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Recognizing our Faults in the Mirror of Dharma, Part 2

One of the main functions of Dharma teachings is to serve as a mirror that reflects back our own faults, so that we can see them and stop pretending that they don’t exist. Once we recognize the faults within our own mind, we can apply the remedy to counteract them and work on improving ourself. The mirror of Dharma also helps us to distinguish between desirous attachment and love. We often confuse these for each other, thinking that they are the same or that they must go together. But love and attachment are not the same; a mind of love brings us only happiness and a mind of attachment brings us only suffering.

Although we need to be aware of faults, we should not identify with them and start thinking that we are intrinsically faulty, angry, or worthless. We are not our faults; our true nature is Buddha nature, and this is what we should identify with. Our minds are contaminated with faults and delusions, and those faults can be removed if we apply Dharma skilfully.

The first step to removing the faults from our mind is to recognize them when they show up. This is mindfulness practice, just being aware of the quality of our thoughts and not allowing the negative ones to take over and make us do or say something negative that we will regret later.

self-assassin:

Only Love can bring world peace

This is an extraordinary explanation of why war never brings peace

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kadampapenny:

If we cherish others, we shall naturally perform actions that will cause them to be happy. This will make our daily life peaceful, happy, harmonious, and meaningful. - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, The New Meditation Handbook

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