is how you, my disciples,
treat each other,
not how you treat me."
There is no permanence --
just the kaya of wisdom
There is no end --
just the radiance of luminosity
There is no duality --
just the inner space of union
is the kaya of the essence
Without center or periphery
like the sky
- Jigme Lingpa
Cosmic Refuge Tree
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The term for sangha in Tibetan, a
contraction of two words translating as
This mind being by nature clear light, they have seen the poisons to be essenceless and therefore truly realize [the nature of] every being as peace, the ultimate non-existence of a self. They perceive that the Perfect Buddha pervades them all. They possess the understanding that is free from the veils. Thus seeing that beings are utterly pure and that [this purity pervades] their limitless number, they are endowed with the vision of primordial wisdom. I bow down to this [Sangha].
The assembly of those who have understanding and thus do not fall back has unsurpassable qualities, since their vision of inner primordial wisdom, which knows correctly and knows completely is pure.
Realizing beings in their state of peace [the nobles ones] know correctly for [the mind] is by nature utterly pure and the poisons were always exhausted.
V A J R A
F A M I L Y
May I never become bored or weary
of accomplishing the welfare of others.
and can be understood at three levels;
outer sangha: all other buddhists, those who have taken refuge in the same lineage or with the same teacher, those who practice together, the noble sangha of bodhisattvas and arhats
inner sangha: dakas and dakinis, dharmapalas
secret sangha: all sentient beings in the six realms
"Hearing the Buddha pronounce the four noble truths, the eightfold path, and the links of interdependent origination, the first five disciples understood the meaning of his words; one by one, each attained the state of an Arhat, fully liberated from the flow of the passions and the karma that results from this flow. Their realization established that enlightened knowledge can be transmitted from one person to another, as a flame can pass from one candle to the next, illuminating each according to his potential. This understanding gave rise to the Sangha, the community dedicated to embodying the Buddha's teachings.
The Sangha is the natural expression of enlightened understanding, mirroring the interconnectedness of all forms of existence. The Sangha is the community that continues the Buddha's presence in the world, upholding the model of mindful action and a harmonious way of life. Founded by the Buddha, governed by his teachings, supported by generations of realized masters, the Sangha is a refuge from the attitudes and actions that bind living beings to suffering."
-Yeshe De translation group
offerings from sangha members
heart at work,
a retrospective on the mothership of all communes
to the holy places of the buddha
in the wake of big turtle
big south fork
pilgrimage and place
fifty-one mental events
the mala of clear understanding
notes on the seven vajra points
wandering in cyberia
moon in the water
reflections on practice
a brief outline
On the most
inner level, Padmasambhava is not intended to be viewed as a mere
historical figure having a psycho-somatic constitution just like ours,
for he is no ordinary being. He is like a rainbow--pure, transparent,
untouchable and clear. He is all-knowing and all beauty--the Buddhas of
the Three Times shine from the pores of his skin. His entire form is
pure light in a world of absolute perfection. He sits on a lotus seat
of compassion and a sun throne of highest wisdom which resides in the
heart of the meditator. From here, the illuminated mind of the Guru
fills the Ten Directions of space like the rays of the sun, the
embodiment of the Tri-kaya: his view is all-embracing, absolute
awareness (Dharmakaya), his thoughts are in perfect attunement with
every situation, self-lucent (Sambhogakaya), and all his actions the
on-going expression of the very nature of the universe (Nirmanakaya).
Timeless, ageless and deathless, unoriginated, not dependent on
externals and without suffering, he manifests through a variety of
forms which he assumes at various times-and in this time-to teach the
Constant and mindful meditation on the pure essence of the Guru destroys all selfish desires, inappropriate qualities and unnecessary delusions, so that one learns to view every situation as the means to attain Buddhahood in this lifetime. Ordinarily, the mind is diffused and wandering, but when this meditation is properly enacted, every form which one sees becomes the body of Padmasambhava, every sound which one hears, the speech of Padmasambhava, and all action, the mind of Padmasambhava.
Once a fiddler played so sweetly that all who heard him began to dance, and whoever came near enough to hear, joined in the dance. Then a deaf man who knew nothing of music, happened along, and to him all he saw seemed the action of madmen - senseless and in bad taste.
--The Baal Shem Tov
Source of quotes used on this page
Buddha Nature, The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Commentary by Arya Maitreya, Jamgon Kongtrul and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, trs. by Rosemary Fuchs, Snowlion Publications, 2000
Crystal Mirror Six, The Three Jewels and the History of Dharma Transmission, Dharma Publishing, 1984
Mother of Knowledge by Nam-mkha'i snying-po, translated by Tarthang Tulku, Dharma Publishing, 1983
Naked Awareness by Karma Chagmé with commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche, Snowlion Publications, 2000
World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya, researched and complied by the Yeshe De Research Committee under the direction of the Tarthang Tulku, Dharma Publishing , 1994
Approaching the Great Perfection by Sam Van Schaik, Wisdom PUblications, 2004