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Snow Lion Quote of the Week
« on: February 13, 2010, 12:08:28 pm »
Snow Lion, which is a great source for books about Buddhism, offers a quote every week.  Here is the current quote: .]

Until the essence of enlightenment is reached,         .
I go for refuge to the Buddhas.
Also I take refuge in the Dharma                            .
And in all the host of Bodhisattvas.
   --from Shantideva's Bodhicharyavatara               .

To make a proper confession, it is necessary to do so with the four powers. The first of these is the power of the support, which is to take refuge in the Three Jewels and to generate bodhichitta. The second power entails deep and sincere regret for all the negative actions we have done until now and the negative emotions we have indulged in. This requires reflection on the harmful effects of negative actions. The third power is the resolve never again to commit these negative actions, even if it were to cost us our lives. The fourth is the power of the antidotes, such as prostrations, recitation of mantras, and specific purificatory practices.

--from "For the Benefit of All Beings: A Commentary on 'The Way of the Bodhisattva'" by Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, translated by the Padmakara Translation Group¬¬
Om Tare Tutare Svaha

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought.  The mind is everything.  What we think we become." Buddha Sakyamuni


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