Thursday, April 22, 2021

Finding the Truth - 124

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Finding True Meaning - 17th Karmapa

There is great transformative power in the act of discovery. No founder of any religion was a follower. The Buddha became the Buddha because he discovered important truths for himself. Many remarkable people following within his tradition also came to that understanding themselves. The same is true of the founders and remarkable followers of every other major world religion. Each brought forth new insights and understanding. Everyone is capable of that; you just need the right conditions. Joining a religion or studying its wisdom can be one of those conditions. But I have studied Buddhist philosophy for over a decade, and I can tell you that such study is not sufficient in order to find true meaning. Only if your own understanding is rooted profoundly within will you be able to awaken spiritually. Only you can understand your life and find its deepest meaning.

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17th Karmapa

from the book "The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out"

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Awakening to the truth ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

The main purpose of the spiritual path is awakening. This awakening isn't some supernatural awakening. It's awakening to the truth. We usually shy away from the truth, and so we constantly get ourselves bogged down. Because of this, the elements and ingredients of the path are especially designed to dismantle our strong habits, including our emotional habits, ideas, values, and principles.

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– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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“We ordinary beings are convinced that all phenomena of both samsara and nirvana first come into being, then exist in some way for some time, and eventually cease to exist. But if we conduct a thorough investigation into things, using the logic of the Madhyamaka, we fail to find even the tiniest particle of existence in any of these phenomena. Once we understand that, it is easy to let go of samsara and to be free from attraction to nirvana, for both are no more than projections of the dualistic mind. Seen with the eyes of a Buddha, even the accumulation of merit and the practice of the paramitas are devoid of any intrinsic reality.”

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Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones – on The Path of the Tantras – Collected Works Vol II p 311, Shambhala

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The path of knowledge ~ Lama Yeshe

Buddhism isn't some fanatical religious trip. It's a philosophical way of living life. And also, to study Buddhism you don't need to believe in something extreme. It's a matter of investigating, examining and experimenting on yourself. It's not just belief. Without understanding, belief can be very dangerous. So what Lord Buddha emphasized was that understanding is the path to liberation, knowledge is the path to liberation.

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– Lama Yeshe

from the book "Freedom Through Understanding: The Buddhist Path to Happiness and Liberation"

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