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If they are adorned with love, then there will be no anger toward any being.
If they are adorned with compassion, then no beings will be abandoned.
If they are adorned with joy, then one will not be discouraged.
If they are adorned with equanimity, then attachment and anger will be abandoned.
Those who are free of the notion of being
And understand the teaching that there are no beings
Will correctly avoid reifying the fact
That phenomena are beyond reification.
The mind that relates to objects
Like a bee unattached to a flower's nectar
Or a bird leaving no trace in the sky,
Is a mind, O King, that reaches buddhahood.
Lord of Humans, always bear in mind
That existence is without any essence,
And strive ceaselessly
In the teachings of the Buddha.
It is to no longer hold on to the habitual basis of a self.
It is to no longer apprehend an other.
It is to not think highly of one’s own life.
It is to not enter saṃsāra.
Immaculate one without impurities, hero free of desire,
Your three eyes are purified and there is no obscuration to your wisdom.
You have given up hate, rejecting the three kinds of moral filth and harshness.
To the awakened one with no impurities, I bow.
The pure radiance of the sun overwhelms the light cast by fireflies.
The tall flames at the end of an eon consume the entire earth.
Mount Meru, the king of mountains, puts all other earthly mountains to shame.
A single hair of the leader of the Śākyas outshines any other light in the three worlds.
Defeated along with my military, I was like a cut-down tree, prostrate upon the surface of the earth, while he, sitting there on his seat, produced inauspicious illusions of such a kind that my entire domain was overpowered.
There is nothing comparable to the absorption
That perceives the vajra-like, nondual path—
The manifestation, in due order, of what is most desired,
The permanent accomplishment of the teacher’s absolute practice.
The eye sense source is born from many causes and conditions and arises through mistaken perception. It depends upon form, because it observes form. When the two meet, the condition of form brings the condition of the eye sense source into existence.
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The Questions of the Nāga King Sāgara takes place in the unusual setting of the nāga king Sāgara’s court deep in the ocean. Here the Buddha gives a discourse on the importance of avoiding the ten nonvirtuous deeds. Read more »
The Chapter Teaching the Purification of Boundless Gateways is the second scripture among the forty-nine sūtras included in the Heap of Jewels (Ratnakūṭa) collection in the Degé Kangyur. The sūtra takes the form of a conversation between the Buddha and the bodhisattva Anantavyūha. Read more »
The Questions of Brahmadatta begins with the bodhisattva Amoghadarśin departing from the Jeta Grove of Śrāvastī, where the Buddha is residing. Together with more than five hundred bodhisattvas, he travels to the region of Pañcāla, where King Brahmadatta requests Amoghadarśin to impart teachings to him and his citizens. Read more »
The subject matter of this sūtra is indicated by the alternative title suggested by the Buddha himself in its conclusion: The Teaching That Clarifies Karma. In the opening section, the merchant Pratibhānamati, expresses concern about the state of society and what will become of the saṅgha in times to come. Read more »
The Absorption of the Miraculous Ascertainment of Peace provides a profound and detailed survey of how all the abilities, attainments, and other qualities of the bodhisattva’s path arise as the bodhisattva’s understanding and realization of what is meant by the Thus-Gone One unfold. Read more »
The Exposition on the Universal Gateway takes place at Vulture Peak Mountain where a celestial bodhisattva named Amalagarbha arrives with a large retinue to request teachings from the Buddha Śākyamuni. Read more »
For Tibetan Buddhists, the Praise to Tārā with Twenty-One Verses of Homage is undoubtedly the most popular prayer to the deity Tārā, and is recited on a daily basis by many monks, nuns, and lay practitioners alike. Read more »
For a period of about a thousand years after the beginning of the common era, The Teaching of Akṣayamati had a significant influence on Buddhist thought. The eighty so-called “imperishabilities” (akṣaya) described in the sūtra—qualities to be possessed by the bodhisatvas—were considered to contain the whole way of religious development of the Mahāyāna. Read more »
The Dwelling Place of Mañjuśrī follows a dialogue between Mañjuśrī and Śāriputra regarding the activity of “dwelling” during meditation, the nature of dharmas, and the “true nature.”
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The Questions of Sāgaramati begins in a courtyard in the city of Rājagṛha, where the Buddha Śākyamuni, a celestial bodhisattva named Sāgaramati, and many other gods and bodhisattvas converse on a wide variety of subjects relevant to the Great Vehicle. Read more »
This evocative and inspiring short text in verse is one of several works in the Kangyur related to the Buddha’s restoring the city of Vaiśālī to health after a major epidemic. A substantial portion of it is very similar to a passage in the Sanskrit Mahāvastu, and to a well-known Pali text, the Ratana-sutta. Read more »