Then should others, somehow equal to myself in fortune, Chance upon these words, they might find them beneficial.
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This free and well-favoured human form is difficult to obtain. All ordinary virtues therefore are forever feeble, Whilst negativity is strong and difficult to bear— But for the mind intent on perfect buddhahood, What other virtue could ever overcome it? Contemplating wisely throughout the ages, The mighty buddhas have seen its great benefit: That it helps the boundless multitude of beings Easily to gain the highest states of bliss.
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Thus whoever longs for freedom from conditioned states Should grasp this precious bodhicitta and guard it well. All other virtues are like the plantain tree: They bear their fruit, and then they are no more. Yet constantly the marvellous tree of bodhicitta Yields fruit and, undiminished, grows forevermore.
H.E. Ling Rinpoche: Public Talk, Teaching and Avalokiteshvara Six-Syllable Empowerment
Just like a great inferno at the ends of time, It annihilates terrible misdeeds in but an instant. Thus its benefits are vast beyond all measuring, As the wise Lord Maitreya explained to Sudhana. Just as one understands the difference Between wishing to go and setting out upon a journey, The wise should understand these two, Recognizing their difference and their order. From the moment we genuinely take up This irreversible attitude— The mind that aspires to liberate entirely The infinite realms of beings,.
From then on, even while asleep, Or during moments of inattention, A plentiful, unceasing force of merit Will arise, equal to the vastness of the sky. If boundless merit comes to anyone who, With the intention to be of benefit, Has the thought simply to relieve the pain Of those afflicted merely with a headache,.
Do even our fathers or our mothers Have such beneficence as this? Do the gods or the great sages?
Chapter 1: Verse 1
If these beings have never before Held this aspiration for their own sake— Not even in their dreams—how could They have made this wish for others? A thought such as this—wanting for others What they do not wish for even for themselves— Is an extraordinary and precious state of mind, And its occurrence a marvel unlike any other!
This source of joy for all who wander in existence, This elixir that heals the sufferings of all beings, This priceless jewel within the mind— How could such merit ever be evaluated? For if the simple wish to benefit others Surpasses offerings made before the buddhas, What need is there to mention striving For the welfare of all without exception? Although seeking to avoid pain, They run headlong into suffering.
In this Public Talk H. E Ling Rinpoche will discuss these issues, as well as the methods that Buddhism offers to develop states of mind that grant inner peace and well-being.
Chapter 1: Introduction
The talk will be translated from Tibetan to English by Geshe Kelsang Wangmo, a Buddhist nun originally from Germany and the first woman in history to complete the traditional Geshe training in the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In this first chapter, Shantideva says all happiness comes from wishing others well, and all suffering from caring only for ourselves.
The Bodhisattva then proceeds to engage in a way of life that is conducive to the realisation of his or her goal. Avalokiteshvara Chenrezig in Tibetan is the Buddha of Compassion. After completing his traditional monastic education in the re-founded Drepung Loseling monastery in India, he started travelling outside of Asia to make the teachings of Buddhism available to the wider world. This visit to Leeds is part of the first UK visit by H.
Ling Rinpoche. We hope that this visit will mark the start of a developing long term relationship between Rinpoche and Dharma practitioners and students in Leeds and across the North. Complimentary places are available to IMI Sangha. Please email smile jamyangleeds.
Image: The young Ling Rinpoche. Why donate? With your donation, you will help Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds to sustain to the cost of the event, create the conditions for the teachings to continue, for the doors to be open and the lights to be on.
The benefits of the Six-Syllable Mantra. The six-syllable mantra Om Mani Paadme Hum is the speech manifestation and the wisdom energy of all the Buddhas.