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With infinite love and compassion,
our Enlightened Teacher,
Lord Buddha surveys the world
"NAMO TASSA BHAGAVATO ARAHATO, SAMMA SAMBUDDHASSA...... "
Worthy, honorable & perfectly self-Enlightened is the Buddha!
Consummated in knowledge and behavior, totally transcended,
expert in all dimensions, knower of all worlds, unsurpassable
trainer of those who can be tamed, both teacher & guide of gods
as well as of humans, blessed, exalted, awakened & enlightened
verily is the Buddha.... !!
At Savatthi the Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, as dawn is the initiator and messenger of the rising sun, exactly & even
so too, Bhikkhus, is Good Friendship the forerunner and originator for the arising
of the Noble Eightfold Way, since when a Bhikkhu has a good friend, it is to be
expected that he will develop, cultivate & complete this Noble Eightfold Way...
And how does a Bhikkhu develop, cultivate & perfect this Noble Eightfold Way...
A Bhikkhu first develops Right View, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion,
ceasing, and culminating in release....Then he develops Right Motivation, which is
based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.... Then he
develops Right Speech, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and
culminating in release.... Then he develops Righ! t Action , which also is based upon
seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.... Then he also develops
Right Livelihood, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, & culminating
in release. Then he develops Right Effort, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion,
ceasing, and culminating in release. Then he develops Right Awareness, which is based
upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating in release.... Finally he develops
Right Concentration, which is based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, and culminating
in mental release.... It is in this way, Bhikkhus, that a Bhikkhu, who has a good & mentally
beautiful friend develops, cultivates & consummates this supreme Noble Eightfold Way!
With good will for the entire cosmos,
From Dharma- Friend - Bikkhu Samahita:
Life of our Enlightened Teacher -
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche teaches on the 12 Great Deeds of Lord Buddha:
The Heart of Buddhist Teachings: The Four Noble Truth & the Noble Eight-Fold Path:
Lord Buddha Amitabha -- Mind Seal of the Buddhas:
Alexander's Archive of Tibetan Buddhism:
Tibet in Exile:
THE Buddhist mailing list:
THE bUDDHIST cHANNEL:
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Our Enlightened Teacher, Lord Buddha Shakyamuni teaches thus on
Energy, the Perfection of Joyful Perseverance --
Friendliness means Goodwill
Friendliness means Kindness
Friendliness means Helpfulness
Friendliness means Assistance
Friendliness means Support
Friendliness means Benevolence
Friendliness means Concern
Friendliness means Care
Friendliness means Compassion
Friendliness means Cooperation
Friendliness means Mutual Aid
Friendliness means Mutual Advantage
Friendliness means Sympathy
Friendliness means Symbiosis
Only friendliness can completely relinquish the poison of hate and anger!
From Snow Lion's:
Dalai Lama Quote of the Week
One point I should make here is that some people, especially those who see themselves as very realistic and practical, are sometimes too realistic and obsessed with practicality. They may think, "The idea of wishing for the happiness of all beings, of wanting what is best for every single one, is unrealistic and too idealistic. Such an unrealistic idea cannot contribute in any way to transforming the mind or to attaining some kind of mental discipline, because it is completely unachievable."
...They feel there is simply no point in thinking about all beings since there is an infinite number of them. They may conceivably be able to feel some kind of connection with some fellow human beings on this planet, but they feel that the infinite number of beings throughout the universe has nothing to do with their own experience as individuals.
...What is important here, however, is to grasp the impact of cultivating such altruistic sentiments. The point is to try to develop the scope of our empathy in such a way that we can extend it to any form of life with the capacity to feel pain and experience happiness. It is a matter of recognizing living organisms as sentient, and therefore subject to pain and capable of happiness.
...Such a universal sentiment of compassion is very powerful, and there is no need to be able to identify, in specific terms, with every single living being in order for it to be effective.
...Given patience and time, it is within our power to develop this kind of universal compassion.
--from The Compassionate Life, by Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, edited by David Kittelstrom, sponsored by Richard Gere and the Gere Foundation
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