BUDDHA DHARMA TEACHINGS



Walking on the inside, allowing oneself to realise the pristine view, – resting one’s mind in meditative wakefulness (mindfulness), of one’s own awareness, (rigpa state), nature of dharmakaya, (nondual nature, the Absolute Truth body of the guru, the nature of true reality). Emaho!





Ever supreme devout homage to all the Enlightened masters and holy beings, (the union of compassion and wisdom) for the most precious guidance on the path of Realisation. Emaho!




No really existing subject and object ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

If your clearly understand that all your external comes from your internal, will you want to leave your cave [your inner practice], waste time on the secondary, on the visible objective mirage? There is no really existing subject and object – they are one. The dual mind is the sole cause of all suffering in samsara. Staying in non-duality ends all suffering.

~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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[*Using awareness of inner dharma practice to guide, as we interact in the outer world. (In the world, not of the world, (beyond, – simply attaching to the mere concept, outer appearance of things]. Emaho!










The only way to awaken from this dream state ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“The Buddha sees that all sentient beings are dreaming:
they are dreaming the six realms, they are dreaming the four places of rebirth, they are dreaming all their joys and sorrows.

When we are on the bodhisattva bhumis, we are just about to wake up from the dream. Only the fully enlightened Buddha is totally awakened.

Buddhas see that beings are ignorant [not knowing]. Sleep is only a subsidiary of ignorance; the real stupidity [unawareness] is not knowing our own awareness wisdom.

Buddhist training is all about first recognising this basic nature, then training in the strength of recognition, and finally attaining complete stability.

That is the only way to awaken from this dream state”.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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A mandala can be thought of as a map for the mind to explore.


A Map of the Mind Universe — the Mandala of the Five Buddhas: a perfect practice; a perfect remedy for the five poisons

Buddha literally translates as “Awakened” — referring to One who has Awakened to the True Nature of Reality.

Shakyamuni awoke to the true nature of reality and the true nature of suffering — and gave us remedies for the five poisons that keep us trapped in Samsara: anger, attachment, pride, jealousy, and ignorance.

He taught us that we can all become “Awakened” or Buddha by teaching various skilful means to transform these five poisons into the Five Wisdoms. One of these methods is meditating on the mandala of the Five Buddhas.

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In part 1, […] discuss the different ways to view the Five Tathagatas: Vairochana, Amitabha, Akshobya, Ratnasambhava, and Amoghasiddhi. In part 2, ]…] discuss the “Map of the Mind Universe” — not a literal map of the Universe, not a chart of stars, nor a dry North, South, East, West, Centre image — but a profound mind-space where we can explore the Five Wisdoms of the Buddhas.

[…] Intellectually understanding the attributes of the Five Buddhas and what the symbolism means is, perhaps, the first step — we explore these attributes thoroughly in part 3 of the series — but the true experiential journey is in the domain of mind, rather than “brain.” This is about actually getting ready for a profound mind journey to experience the Wisdoms of the Five Buddhas and their Families.

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What is the mind?

“What is the mind? It is nothing other than what is merely imputed by the mind, by the thought. In other words, because of the reason that the base—this formless phenomenon that is clear and perceives objects—exists, mind is merely labeled by the thought, and believed in. Because of this, thought makes up the idea, the concept, the label, “mind,” and then believes in what is merely imputed by thought. Therefore, what the mind is, is extremely subtle. It does not exist in the way it normally appears to us. In reality the mind that exists does not exist in the way that it normally appears to us, in the way we normally apprehend it, as a real mind existing from its own side, an inherently existent mind. It is not that.”

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“Ordinary mind, also known in Mahayana teachings as deluded mind, is conceptual, dualistic, and emotional. Enlightened mind—also known as the awakened state or Buddha-nature—is the true and pure nature of the mind. For most of us, the dualistic concepts, unhealthy emotions, and obsessive sensations (particularly strong clinging and craving) of our ordinary mind cover the enlightened aspect of our mind. These thoughts are like coverings that obstruct us from realizing and manifesting our true nature—like clouds covering the sun.”

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[Ordinary mind level] The average human mind has 100 billion neurons and around 100 trillion synapses. The Milky Way galaxy (our home) is roughly 100,000 light-years across and “only” has “a mass of 100 billion solar masses” — the same as the number of neurons in our brain. [1]

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Skilful methods to transform mundane perception e.g. clinging to form

Buddha and all the great sages presented skilful methods — one of which was visualisations of perfect Enlightened Beings that represented the goal of our transformation. We visualise ourselves in these forms. Since the language of the mind is symbols, colours and metaphors, the method is profound.



The symbolic attributes of the Five Buddhas

Buddha FamilyTathagata (Buddha)Vajra (Thunderbolt)Ratna (Jewel)Padma (Lotus)Karma
Buddha (Father)VairochanaAkshobyaRatnasambhavaAmitabhaAmoghasiddhi
Mother (Consort)DhatvishvaraMamakiLochanaPandaravasiniSamaya Tara
ColorWhite or BlueBlue or WhiteYellowRedNorth
WisdomDharmadatuMirror-likeEqualityDiscernmentAll-Accomplishing
PoisonDelusion / IgnoranceAngerPrideDesire / AttachmentJealousy
SkandhaFormConsciousnessFeelingPerceptionFormations
DirectionCentre or East (varies)East or Centre (varies)SouthWestNorth
ElementWater or Space (varies)Space or Water (varies)EarthFireWind / Air
Symbol8-spoked WheelVajra (Dorje)JewelLotusDouble Vajra


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Understanding the preciousness of the buddhadharma teachings ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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So study, contemplation and meditation should be done to attain enlightenment, not for this life. However these days, our practice of dharma seems mostly directed at improving our circumstances in this life. We perform pujas so our businesses will be successful.

If someone is starting up a corporation he [she] will ask the monks to perform a puja or chant the praises to Ārya Tārā and so on in order that the corporation will be successful. We can’t blame people for this.

People’s perceptions are very limited – they see only this life and cannot see beyond. Since this life is all they see, this life is all they care about.

There is something else about practising the dharma that I need to repeat again and again.

Dharma and culture are two different things. Culture is created by human beings. To take the example of Bhutanese culture, Buddhist ceremonies in Bhutan feature an involved process of serving a variety of things such as tea and saffron rice and then bowing down and so on. But this is cultural. The reality of phenomena is not like that and cannot be shaped by human beings.

Buddha himself said that whether the buddhas appear or not, the actual nature of things can never change. But even though the dharma and culture are different, they are also closely related. A strong connection exists between them – like a cup and the water or tea that is in it.

When we are thirsty it’s the tea we need to drink. We can drink it from any kind of cup – gold, silver, wooden or other. But we have a tendency to make a big deal about the cup. So we end up looking down on a wooden or simple metal cup. But the important thing is actually the tea. The cup is just a container for the tea, no matter whether it is made of gold or wood. So we should never look down on other cups, even if we ourselves have cups of gold.

Culture poses both advantages and disadvantages for the dharma. Actually, there are more disadvantages because over time culture tends to take over the dharma. Culture keeps on changing and it can become a kind of [… polluted] culture. So in most cases culture will end up causing great harm to the dharma.

Teachings on Ngöndro

Notes of teachings on ngöndro given by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche during the Pema Lingpa Tersar Wangs and Lungs at Bartsham, Bhutan, over the period December 22, 2013 to January 9, 2014.

These notes were compiled and translated into English by Khenpo Sonam Phuntsho.

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Return to the original state of our mind ~ HH the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

“Free from concretizing the eight worldly concerns, we train our mind in the illusion-like outlook that sees things as not real,” the Karmapa explained.

[Allowing the mind to settle, so wisdom awareness understanding and compassion arises naturally].

This does not mean, however, a blank voidness. Emptiness is basic space, an open source whence everything comes. It is the wellspring of all new opportunities, the opposite of our fixations that block something new from arising”.

The Karmapa continued, “Usually we impose our concepts on what we experience, following after our own projections, and this prevents new things from happening, so we let these illusions fade away.

Through recognising emptiness, we return to the original state of our mind”.

Phrasing it differently, the Karmapa stated, “When we follow after our routine thoughts and old habits, it is difficult for fresh intelligence to take birth. Understanding emptiness helps us to let go of ego-fixation that reifies our experience; it allows us to return to freshness, to the very basis of who we are”.

~ The Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches the Geshe Langri Tangpa’s Eight Verses of Mind Training, London, England, May 21, 2017)

Thank you Gilda Sunray for sharing this as well as Kagyu Monlam

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How is something nothing? ~ HH the 14th Dalai Lama

The official release of Appearing and Empty—the newest volume in the Library of Wisdom and Compassion series, a special multivolume series in which His Holiness the Dalai Lama shares the Buddha’s teachings on the complete path to full awakening that he himself has practiced his entire life.


How is nothing something?

In Appearing and Empty, the last of three volumes on emptiness, His Holiness the Dalai Lama explores the wisdom of emptiness and the reality of enlightenment. He starts by taking us through the Sautrantika, Yogacara, and Svatantrika views on the ultimate nature of reality and the Prasangikas’ thorough responses to these, so that we gain the correct view of emptiness—the selflessness of both persons and phenomena.

This view entails negating inherent existence while also being able to establish conventional existence: emptiness does not mean nothingness. We then learn how to meditate on the correct view by cultivating pristine wisdom that is the union of serenity and insight as taught in the Pali, Chinese, and Tibetan traditions.

Such meditation, when combined with the altruistic intention of bodhicitta, leads to the complete eradication of all defilements that obscure our minds. This volume also introduces us to the tathagatagarbha—the buddha essence—and how it is understood in both Tibet and China. Is it permanent? Does everyone have it? In addition, the discussion of sudden and gradual awakening in Zen (Chan) Buddhism and in Tibetan Buddhism is fascinating.

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The same ultimate meaning ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

“Since all the teachings have the same ultimate meaning, the study of various commentaries will serve to clarify any doubts you might have about the particular view in which you have most confidence.

The commentaries also provide the logic to prove that aspects of each teaching are unique. On top of which, they help improve our learning and contemplative skills, because understanding the reasoning that underpins a teaching naturally inspires devotion for all teachings. Therefore, to examine the teachings in this way is immensely important”.

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Life and Times of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro ~ The Great Biography by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – pg 398, Shambhala

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