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Heart of Buddha's Realizations
« on: May 20, 2010, 09:03:36 am »
There are key realizations and teachings about them that Buddha shared with us, this thread will focus on the major ones in the Buddhist tradition.

There are many excellent expositions of these key ideas, the ones I choose could be, (and I encourage others to do so) supplemented by other traditional views.

Bhikkhu Bodhi gives us a short teaching on making sense of Rebirth - a major principle.

http://www.bps.lk/other_library/does_rebirth_make_sence.pdf

Also from Bhikkhu Bodhi - Karma (Sanskrit) or Kamma in Pali

http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/ebud/ebdha057.htm
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The bodhi resolve is like empty space, this because its marvelous qualities are boundlessly vast.  Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 39

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Re: Heart of Buddha's Realizations
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2010, 10:59:42 am »
What would Buddhism be without The Four Noble Truths:

source:  http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/wings/part3.html

as discussed in

Wings to Awakening
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The Basic Factors
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Re: Heart of Buddha's Realizations
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2010, 01:00:43 pm »
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The Buddha:

What I teach now as before, O monks, is suffering and the cessation of suffering. MN 22

Now, the Blessed One has said, "Whoever sees dependent co-arising sees the Dhamma; whoever sees the Dhamma sees dependent co-arising." And these things — the five aggregates affected by clinging — are dependently co-arisen. Any desire, embracing, grasping & holding on to these five aggregates is the origination of stress. Any subduing of desire & passion, any abandoning of desire & passion for these five aggregates is the cessation of stress.' MN 28

And which Dhamma taught by me is unrefuted, undefiled, blameless, not faulted by knowledgeable priests & contemplatives? 'There are these six elements' is a Dhamma taught by me that is unrefuted, undefiled, blameless, not faulted by knowledgeable priests & contemplatives. 'There are these six media of sensory contact' is a Dhamma taught by me that is unrefuted, undefiled, blameless, not faulted by knowledgeable priests & contemplatives. 'There are these eighteen contemplations [of feeling] for the mind' is a Dhamma taught by me that is unrefuted, undefiled, blameless, not faulted by knowledgeable priests & contemplatives. 'There are these Four Noble Truths' is a Dhamma taught by me that is unrefuted, undefiled, blameless, not faulted by knowledgeable priests & contemplatives. AN 3.61

"And what have I taught? 'This is stress... This is the origination of stress... This is the cessation of stress... This is the path of practice leading to the cessation of stress': This is what I have taught. And why have I taught these things? Because they are connected with the goal, relate to the rudiments of the holy life, and lead to disenchantment, to dispassion, to cessation, to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Nibbana. This is why I have taught them. The Simsapa Leaves

"Thus you should train yourselves: 'We will listen when discourses that are words of the Tathagata — deep, deep in their meaning, transcendent, connected with emptiness — are being recited. We will lend ear, will set our hearts on knowing them, will regard these teachings as worth grasping & mastering.' Ani Sutta

"Enough, Vakkali! What is there to see in this vile body? He who sees Dhamma, Vakkali, sees me; he who sees me sees Dhamma. Truly seeing Dhamma, one sees me; seeing me one sees Dhamma." Vakkali Sutta

Then the Blessed One gave the householder Upali the gradual teaching starting with giving gifts, becoming virtuous, about the heavenly states, the dangers of sensuality, the vileness of defiling things and benefits of giving up. Then the Blessed One knew that the mind of the householder Upali was ready, malleable, free of hindrances, lofty and pleased and the Blessed One gave the special message of the Enlightened Ones: Suffering, its arising, its cessation and the path to the cessation of suffering. Like a pure, clean cloth would take a dye evenly. In that same manner, the dustless, stainless eye of the Teaching arose to the householder Upali, seated there itself. Whatever rises has the nature of ceasing. MN 56

So then, bhikkhus, the holy life is led not for gain, honour and fame, not for the endowment of virtues, not for the endowment of concentration, not for the endowment of knowledges and vision. Bhikkhus, it is for the unshakeable freedom of mind, that is the goal of this holy life,  its heartwood and its end. MN 29
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Therefore, Ananda, engage with me friends and not as opponents. That will be for your long-term well-being & happiness - MN 122

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Re: Heart of Buddha's Realizations
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2010, 04:19:26 pm »

There are many excellent expositions of these key ideas, the ones I choose could be, (and I encourage others to do so) supplemented by other traditional views.

Almost all my education in Dharma comes from the various Tibetan traditions. Teachings like the 4NT are certainly there but aren't hammered home like some of the others. They all share the Lam Rim, and specifically emphasize the fundamental teaching from the Lam Rim on the 4 Thoughts that Turn the Mind from samsara:

Precious huma rebirth
Impermanence and death
Defects of samsara
Karma and effects

I don't have a link but I'll bet Caz does.

( :haha:) Caz, you out there?
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Warning: I'm enough of a fundamentalist Tibet style Buddhist to believe that for the last 1,000 years Tibet has produced a handful of enlightened masters in every generation. I do not ask that YOU believe it, but it will greatly simplify conversations if you understand that about me. Thanks.

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Re: Heart of Buddha's Realizations
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2010, 05:12:00 pm »
Here is an outline of the topics to be pondered on in the lam rim or stages of the path teachings found in the Indo-Tibetan tradition:

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/lam_rim_outline.pdf
The bodhi resolve is like empty space, this because its marvelous qualities are boundlessly vast.  Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 39

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Re: Heart of Buddha's Realizations
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2010, 11:21:22 pm »

There are many excellent expositions of these key ideas, the ones I choose could be, (and I encourage others to do so) supplemented by other traditional views.

Almost all my education in Dharma comes from the various Tibetan traditions. Teachings like the 4NT are certainly there but aren't hammered home like some of the others. They all share the Lam Rim, and specifically emphasize the fundamental teaching from the Lam Rim on the 4 Thoughts that Turn the Mind from samsara:

Precious huma rebirth
Impermanence and death
Defects of samsara
Karma and effects

I don't have a link but I'll bet Caz does.

( :haha:) Caz, you out there?

Unfortunatly i cant find any links  :bigtears:
But these minds are the heart that turns one to renunciation.  :pray:
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Re: Heart of Buddha's Realizations
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2010, 04:38:49 am »
What would Buddhism be without The Four Noble Truths:

Yes, they are fundamental.  Also the 3 characteristics of existence are worth a look.

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Re: Heart of Buddha's Realizations
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2010, 06:40:29 am »
Atisha Bodhisattva's Lamp for the Path was the inspiration for the Tibetan Lam Rim texts:

http://community.palouse.net/lotus/atisa.htm

Je Tsongkhapa was one of those so inspired.  Here is his short Stages of the Path teaching:

http://community.palouse.net/lotus/linescontents.htm
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The bodhi resolve is like empty space, this because its marvelous qualities are boundlessly vast.  Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 39

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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2010, 08:31:32 am »
Three principal elements of the path, according to Je Tsongkhapa:  http://www.tibetanclassics.org/pdfs/ThreePrincipalAspects.pdf
The bodhi resolve is like empty space, this because its marvelous qualities are boundlessly vast.  Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 39

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Re: Heart of Buddha's Realizations
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2010, 12:05:30 pm »
Interdependence is certainly a major (maybe the major) discovery that Buddha made.  Here is one sutta on the subject, with Bhikkhu Bodhi's comments:

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/upanisa_sutta.pdf
The bodhi resolve is like empty space, this because its marvelous qualities are boundlessly vast.  Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 39

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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2010, 08:40:29 am »
The 4th and last of the Noble Truths is the Path to End Dukkha, the Eightfold Path:

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/noble8path6.pdf
The bodhi resolve is like empty space, this because its marvelous qualities are boundlessly vast.  Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 39

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Re: Heart of Buddha's Realizations
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2010, 06:44:04 pm »
The Buddha's first teaching, with comments by Bhikkhu Pesala:

http://www.aimwell.org/Books/Pesala/Dhammacakka/dhammacakka.html
The bodhi resolve is like empty space, this because its marvelous qualities are boundlessly vast.  Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 39

 


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