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Within the complete of the Tibetan Buddhist culture, there isn't any unmarried treatise extra deeply respected or commonly practiced than A consultant to the Bodhisattva method of Life. Composed within the 8th century via the Indian Bodhisattva Santideva, it grew to become an immediate vintage within the curricula of the Buddhist monastic universities of India, and its renown has grown ever on account that. Santideva offers tips on how to harmonize one's existence with the Bodhisattva perfect and conjures up the reader to domesticate the perfections of the Bodhisattva: generosity, ethics, endurance, zeal, meditative focus, and knowledge.
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12. Happiness is obtained with great difficulty, whereas suffering occurs easily. Only through suffering is there release from the cycle of existence. Therefore, mind, be strong! 13. The devotees of Durga and the people of Karnata136needlessly endure the pain of bums, cuts, and the like. Why then am I timid when my aim is liberation? 134. Tibetan: "The enemy, anger, creates such suffering. " 135. Tibetan: "Whatever happens, I shall not disrupt my cheerfulness. " 136. The P anjika, p. 84: "The followers of Durga, that is, the followers of Candi, upon fasting for three nights or for a day during the ninth day of the bright half of Asvina, uselessly experience pain while burning, piercing, and cutting their own limbs....
I appeal to those desiring to guard their minds: always diligently guard your mindfulness and introspection. 24. 95 25. What has been heard, pondered, and cultivated, like water in a cracked jar, does not remain in the memory of the mind that lacks introspection. 26. Even many learned people who have faith and extraordinary perseverance become defiled by vices on account of the fault of lacking introspection. 27. Even upon accumulating virtues, those who have been robbed by the thief of non-introspection, who comes after the loss of mindfulness, enter miserable states of existence.
38. Thus, I have not considered that I am ephemeral. Due to delu sion, attachment, and hatred, I have sinned in many ways. 39. Day and night, a life span unceasingly diminishes, and there is no adding onto it. 35 40. Although lying here on a bed and relying on relatives, I alone have to bear the feeling of being cut off from my vitality. 41. For a person seized by the messengers of Death, what good is a relative and what good is a friend? At that time, merit alone is a protection, and I have not applied myself to it.
A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life by Santideva, Vesna A. Wallace, Visit Amazon's B. Alan Wallace Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, B. Alan Wallace,