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Their boundless and all-encompassing compassion gives Buddhas the energy to work without interruption for the sake of others. They understand the real causes of happiness and suffering, and they know exactly how to help living beings in accordance with their individual needs and inclinations. Buddhas have the power to bless people’s minds, causing their delusions to subside and their virtues to increase; and they also have the ability to emanate innumerable forms for the benefit of others. Of all the ways Buddhas help living beings, the most effective is to teach them how to control their minds and follow the spiritual path to liberation and enlightenment.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness” (via prehistoricflower)

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A collection of Dorje Shugdens, I’ve photographed at various Empowerments & Celebrations.

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Their boundless and all-encompassing compassion gives Buddhas the energy to work without interruption for the sake of others. They understand the real causes of happiness and suffering, and they know exactly how to help living beings in accordance with their individual needs and inclinations. Buddhas have the power to bless people’s minds, causing their delusions to subside and their virtues to increase; and they also have the ability to emanate innumerable forms for the benefit of others. Of all the ways Buddhas help living beings, the most effective is to teach them how to control their minds and follow the spiritual path to liberation and enlightenment.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”

New shrine pics.  I bought two new Buddha statues while at the Southwest Dharma Celebration last weekend. The top picture is Green Tara, and it was her empowerment we received. The other pictures are Vajrasattva with his consort. It’s such a beautiful statue, and not one you can find as easily, and since I am doing my Vajrasattva mantra counting right now, I decided to go ahead and get this one too. Now I need to fill them.

What we see is a reflection of our own mind. An ordinary, deluded mind will naturally perceive a world filled with ordinary deluded people. Only when we purify our mind shall we be able to see pure, holy beings directly. Until then, we cannot know for sure whether or not someone is an emanation.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”

The ten forces of a Buddha

1) the force knowing source and non-source. A Buddha knows directly all causes and their effects.

2) the force knowing full ripening of actions. A Buddha knows directly all actions and their effects.

3) the force knowing the various desires. A Buddha knows directly every single desire of each and every living being.

4) the force knowing the various elements. A Buddha knows directly all gross and subtle elements.

5) the force knowing supreme and non-supreme powers. A Buddha knows directly all the powers, as well as their ability to support each other.

6) the force knowing all paths that lead to samsara and solitary peace. A Buddha knows all correct and incorrect paths.

7) the force knowing the mental stabilizations, concentrations of perfect liberation, concentrations, absorptions, and so forth.

8) the force knowing recollections of previous lives. A Buddha knows directly all the previous rebirths of every living being.

9) the force knowing death and birth.

10) the force knowing the cessation of contaminations. A Buddha knows directly the three types of enlightenment - a Hearer’s enlightenment, a Solitary Realizer’s enlightenment, and a Buddha’s enlightenment.

As explained, there are two types of obstruction: delusion-obstructions and obstructions to omniscience. The latter prevent us from knowing all objects directly and simultaneously, that is, from gaining the all-knowing mind of a Buddha. Since delusions - the obstructions preventing liberation - can be reduced and abandoned, it follows that the imprints of delusions - the obstructions preventing omniscience - can also be completely abandoned. However, for this to happen we need to exert effort in applying the methods for training our mind in all the stages of Sutra and Tantra. If we put effort into training our mind in all the methods that have been explained, our mind will transform into the omniscient mind of a Buddha.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Joyful Path of Good Fortune”
To understand how Tantric practices lead to Buddhahood it is necessary to understand the basis, the path, and the result. The basis is the object to be purified, the path is the means of purifying, and the result is the pure effect. The basis to be purified is samsara - that is, ordinary death, intermediate state, and rebirth. Usually these follow one upon the other, condemning us to one samsaric rebirth after another. By practicing the yogas of generation stage and completion stage we can purify these and transform them into the three bodies of a Buddha: the Truth Body, the Enjoyment Body, and the Emanation Body.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Joyful Path of Good Fortune”
No one wants to have faults but it is only Buddhas who are faultless. Therefore, if we are to become free from faults and fulfill our desire to be perfect we need to become enlightened by progressively attaining higher and higher spiritual grounds and paths, and gaining the realizations of generation and completion stages of Secret Mantra. To gain these advanced realizations we need tranquil abiding.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Joyful Path of Good Fortune”
What need is there for much explanation?
The childish work for their own benefit;
The Buddhas work for the benefit of others.
Just look at the difference between them!
Shantideva - “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life”