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The 4 Virtues of Nirvana
« on: August 31, 2013, 03:22:00 pm »
The 4 Virtues of Nirvana are The True Self, Eternal, Bliss, Pure

(Nirvana Sutra)
V117.   The Self' signifies the Buddha; 'the Eternal' signifies the Dharmakaya; 'Bliss' signifies Nirvana, and 'the Pure' signifies Dharma. Bhiksus, why is it said that one who has the idea of a Self is arrogant and haughty, traversing round Samsara? Bhiksus, although you might say, 'We also cultivate impermanence, suffering, and non-Self, these three kinds of cultivation have no real value/ meaning. I shall now explain the excellent three ways of cultivating Dharma. To think of suffering as Bliss and to think of Bliss as suffering, is perverse Dharma; to think of the impermanent as the Eternal and to think of the Eternal as impermanent is perverse Dharma; to think of the non-Self [anatman]as the Self [atman] and to think of the Self [atman] as non-Self [anatman] is perverse Dharma; to think of the impure as the Pure and to think of the Pure as impure is perverse Dharma. Whoever has these four kinds of perversion, that person does not know the correct cultivation of dharmas.


V119.   These are called perversions/ inversions. Because of these perversions/ inversions, mundane people know the letters but not the meaning [referents]. What is the meaning/referent? Non-Self is Samsara, the Self is the Tathagata; impermanence is the sravakas and pratyekabuddhas, the Eternal is the Tathagata's Dharmakaya; suffering is all tirthikas, Bliss is Nirvana; the impure is all compounded [samskrta] dharmas , the Pure is the true Dharma that the Buddha and Bodhisattvas have. This is called non-perversion/ non-inversion. By not being inverted [in one's views], one will know [both] the letter and the meaning. If one desires to be freed from the four perverse/ inverted [views - catur-viparita-drsti], one should know the Eternal, Blissful, the Self and the Pure in this manner."

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Re: The 4 Virtues of Nirvana
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2013, 10:42:34 pm »
Queen Srimala Sutra
11-12. The One Refuge and Wayward Stage

"Lord, the domain of omniscient knowledge which is the Dharmakaya of the Tathagata
has never been seen before, even by the pure knowledge of the Disciples and the SelfEnlightened. When sentient beings have faith in the Tathagata and those sentient beings
conceive [him] with permanence, pleasure, self, and purity, they do not go astray. Those
sentient beings have the right view. Why so? Because the Dharmakaya of the Tathagata
has the perfection of permanence, the perfection of pleasure, the perfection of self, the
perfection of purity.
Whatever sentient beings see the Dharmakaya of the Tathagata that
way, see correctly. Whoever see correctly are called the sons of the Lord born from his
heart, born from his mouth, born from the Dharma, who behave as manifestation of
Dharma and as heirs of Dharma.

 


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