A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night: A Guide to the by Dalai Lama

By Dalai Lama

Compassion is the tenet of the bodhisattvas, those that vow to achieve enlightenment with a view to free up all sentient beings from the discomfort and confusion of imperfect lifestyles. To this finish, they need to surrender all self-centered objectives and think about purely the health of others. The bodhisattvas' enemies are the ego, ardour, and hatred; their guns are generosity, persistence, perseverance, and knowledge.

In Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is taken into account to be a dwelling embodiment of this non secular excellent. His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama provides right here an in depth guide of functional philosophy, in line with The approach of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara), a well known textual content of Mahayana Buddhism written through Shantideva. The Dalai Lama explains and amplifies the textual content, alluding all through to the adventure of everyday life and exhibiting how an individual can boost bodhichitta, the want for ideal enlightenment for the sake of others. This ebook would certainly develop into a regular guide for all those that desire to make the bodhisattva excellent a dwelling event.

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They are thus the very cause of patience, Fit for veneration like the Doctrine. 71 PATIENCE 112. Beings and the Buddhas are thus equal Fields of merit, said the Blessed Lord. Many who have sought the happiness of others, Have transcended all perfection. There are two fields through which we can accumulate merit: beings and Buddhas. It is with the aid of beings, wretched though O O O they are, that we can accumulate positive actions, develop bodhichitta, practice the six perfections, and attain the qualities of nirvana.

Ordinary logic tells us that this is not true. Sometimes we perceive things, sometimes we do not. But perceptions would have to be permanent if the Self were an unchanging entity. According to Buddhism, there is no such thing as something arising without a cause. Everything is conditioned by something else. The same applies to negative actions. , prakriti), is considered to be absolute truth: absolute, eternal, all-pervading, and independent. All phenomena are caused by this primal substance. 31 Buddhism refutes the possibility of something independent that does not depend on a cause.

As the mind is not a material thing, no one can harm it. When O others say unpleasant things to us, they do not hurt us physically. If we really think about this, there is nothing that is hard to bear. We might think that if we show tolerance when people say nasty things to us it will be thought that what they are saying is true and the resulting damage to our reputation will hamper our success in life. But there is nothing wrong with that. However much fame and praise we get, we can only enjoy it for this life.

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