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The mind with its powers of creation is itself formless.
All accomplishments are subject to the nature of the mind.
Everything that is created in this world resembles an illusion.
These accomplishments are not my own and do not exist anywhere.
The eyes are not the cause of the objectification of form, nor is form the cause of the objectification of the eyes. Consciousness arises, as the actual cause and condition of perception, but this consciousness arises neither from the eyes nor from form; and once arisen, this consciousness dissolves, and does not remain. The ears, nose, tongue, and body are just the same.
By maintaining their discipline, they take possession of patience. Through patience, they engage in diligence. By having engaged in diligence, they establish meditative absorption. Once meditative absorption is established, they will obtain the supramundane wisdom.
Buddha presents an analogy that is meant to describe the enormous merit that such devotees obtain. Even if someone could magically erect a stūpa the size of the entire world and make vast, miraculous offerings to it for eons on end, the merit gained thereby would not constitute even a fraction of the merit gained by those who take refuge in the Three Jewels.
The ringing staff causes the accomplishment of the practice of gnosis; causes the accomplishment of vast learning; engenders an unhindered understanding of worldly and transcendent wisdom, virtue and nonvirtue, the conditioned and unconditioned, and the contaminated and uncontaminated; and it causes the accomplishment of wisdom. Therefore, it is called the staff of gnosis.
Trust in the Great Vehicle of the bodhisattvas should be viewed as the sun because it brings light to endless beings through limitless wisdom.
Trust in the Great Vehicle of the bodhisattvas should be viewed as a great cloud because it leads to the endless rain of Dharma.
Relative phenomena, even relatively,
Have never arisen and will not arise,
Just as a drawing does not exist
When it is traced in space
Those who remember the name Glorious Supremely Golden Light
Will, in all lives, have no trouble becoming
Mighty lords with glorious and radiant appearances.
Their minds will become unobstructed and limitless.
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.
With a strong editorial team, we award text-specific grants to translation teams around the world, working collaboratively to ensure accurate and credible translations of Classical Tibetan Buddhist texts that will form a cohesive Canon upon completion. We integrate new publication technologies in order to deliver these 231,800 pages of the wisdom to you, in English, online, for free.
As of 2010, only 5% of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon had been translated out of Classical Tibetan—a language facing a serious threat to its survival. In ten years, we have published or have in-translation over 36,000 pages of the Kangyur, not only making deeper international academic inquiry possible, but as our readership grows around the world, we put the wisdom that the Canon contains at the fingertips of readers like you.
Our work relies upon the dedicated and collaborative effort of scholars, professionals, volunteers, advisors, and sponsors around the world. We work remotely and online, across timezones and continents, and we greatly value each and every member of our team. This virtual teamwork has been a major source of both pride and humility as we produce accurate and credible translations and make them available to you online, for free.
The Teaching on the Great Compassion of the Tathāgata is an important early Great Vehicle sūtra for understanding the sense and significance of some key features of the bodhisattva path, including dhāraṇīs, bodhisattva qualities, and the potential for buddhahood (buddhagotra). Read more »
Introduction to the Domain of the Inconceivable Qualities and Wisdom of the Tathāgatas consists of a discourse between two bodhisattvas in which the bodhisattva Sarvanīvaraṇaviṣkambhin addresses the bodhisattva Mañjuśrī in the Buddha’s inspiring presence. Read more »
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, our Founding Chair, offers his thanks to all our friends and supporters, and some inspiring words of wisdom as we enter 2021. Read more »
In Unraveling the Intent, the Buddha gives a systematic overview of his three great cycles of teachings, which he refers to in this text as the “three Dharma wheels” (tridharmacakra). Read more »
This sūtra begins as the venerable Śāriputra, who is practicing meditation alone in the forest, wonders how much merit is obtained by those who take refuge in the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Saṅgha. Read more »
Buddhism is replete with symbolic objects. As their subject matter, these two closely related texts take one symbolic article known as “the ringing staff” – one of the requisites of a fully ordained monastic. Read more »
Cultivating Trust in the Great Vehicle unfolds at Vulture Peak Mountain, where the Buddha, surrounded by a great number of bodhisattvas from the human and nonhuman realms and many monks and limitless other beings, gives a discourse on the nature of trust in the Great Vehicle. Read more »
Imagine if your to-do list had 4,500 items on it. Ours does. The people who direct and manage the process of reviewing the translations, editing, proofreading, and marking them up, are the members of our growing Editorial Team. As far as we are concerned, they are the heart of 84000. Read more »
In response to 2020’s unique challenges, our first fully, digital outreach initiative—Sūtras for Well-Being—supports our global community in feeling inspired, connected, and uplifted, offering a multimedia look at the sūtras traditionally recited for resilience and well-being in times of adversity, and the stories behind them. Read more »
It feels somewhat bittersweet to share the news that after eleven years helping to incubate, develop, and advise 84000, Cangioli Che is stepping down from the Executive Committee. Since 2009, Cangioli has been instrumental in building the foundations to allow 84000 to become what we are today. Read more »
The overarching principle in The Jewel Mine is the understanding that there have been innumerable buddhas before the Buddha Śākyamuni, and that there will be an infinite number of buddhas after him, each presiding over their individual buddha realms. Read more »