This Week’s Lamrim Quote (20 October 2014)

“Should one meditate out of a desire for the profit of this life, a desire for fame, a desire for the eight worldly Dharmas, a desire for respect and reputation, whatsoever karma accrued thereby will not even become meaningful for future lives. It is said in the general Guhyasamāja Tantra: Thou shalt not desire results […]

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This Week’s Lamrim Quote (14 October 2014)

“It is an important point that the intelligent should analyze the beginning, middle and end of all practice, great and small, without contamination by the stains of one’s own fabrications.” From The Sacred Words of Manjushri – Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by His Holiness the Fifth Dalai Lama Lobsang Gyatso As translated in: The […]

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This Week’s Lamrim Quote (6 October 2014)

“Next, to meditate the spirit of enlightenment, while meditating the master-deity on your head, reflect in the following manner: If I ask myself whether I now have the ability to establish all sentient beings in complete and perfect Buddhahood, I will have to admit that I do not have the ability to establish so much […]

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This week’s Lamrim Quote (29 September 2014)

“Who should these poor mother sentient beings put their hope in, if not me? Who does the responsibility of freeing these mothers fall upon, if not me? Nothing could be a more shameful and embarrassing act than ignoring these kind mothers and selfishly working only to free yourself from samsara!…Now I shall ignore myself and, by every […]

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This week’s Lamrim Quote (22 September 2014)

“Ever-enhancing your enlightened motive of bodhicitta is the central axle of the Mahayana path. It is the basis and foundation for great waves of (enlightening) conduct. Like a gold-making elixir, (it turns) everything (you do) into the two collections, (building up) a treasure of merit gathered from infinitely collected virtues. Knowing this, bodhisattvas hold this […]

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This week’s Lamrim Quote (15 September 2014)

“The observed objects of compassion are sentient beings who suffer due to any of the three kinds of suffering. Its aspect is the thought: “If only they were free from these sufferings,” “May they be free from them,” and “I will free them from them.” The sequence of the meditations is to meditate on compassion […]

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This week’s Lamrim Quote (8 September 2014)

“The way to cultivate love is as follows. Just as you can develop compassion once you have repeatedly thought about how living beings are made miserable by suffering, develop love by thinking repeatedly about how living beings lack all happiness, both contaminated and uncontaminated. When you become familiar with this, you will naturally wish for […]

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This week’s Lamrim Quote (1 September 2014)

“Having first generated sympathetic love For all sentient beings, Think of all of them without exception Undergoing the sufferings of the three lower realms, Of birth, of dying and the like, And with the wish to free beings From the pain of manifest suffering, From the suffering [of change] and from their causes, Generate the […]

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This week’s Lamrim Quote (25 August 2014)

“Meditating on repaying kindness [which all sentient beings have shown you when they were your mother in previous lives]: 1. Even though you do not recognize them due to birth, death, and transmigration, it would be shameful 2. To neglect those who have been kind does not accord with the well-mannered 3. As it would […]

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This week’s Lamrim Quote (18 August 2014)

“When you were reborn as wild animals, your mothers treated you with loving kindness and looked after you. When your mother was a bird, for example, she shielded you with her wings for nearly a month. And if enemies threatened, such as a man with a stick, she would protect her precious chick with her […]

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