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Buddha Life and Teachings


Buddha Life and Teachings

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of theire own minds and then believe them to be true.
-  Buddha

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The Three Jewels of Buddhism are:
Buddha is, of course, the Enlightened One who first showed others the path. Dharma is the collective term for the teachings of Buddhism. Sangha is the community of Buddhists around the world.
One becomes a Buddhist by taking refuge in the Three Jewels. This is normally done at a special ceremony at a Buddhist Temple, and that is the recommended path, but one can, if sincere, become a Buddhist at any time simply by reciting the following three times:

I take refuge in the Buddha, the one who shows me the way in this life.
I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of understanding and of love.
I take refuge in the Sangha, the comunity that lives in harmony and awareness.

Buddha is the teacher showing the way,
the perfectly awakened one,
beautifully seated, peaceful and smiling,
the living source of understanding and compassion.

Dharma is the clear path
leading us out of ignorance
bringing us back
to an awakened life.

Sangha is the beautiful community
that practices joy,
realizing liberation,
bringing peace and happiness to life.

Dwelling inthe refuge of Buddha, I see clearly the path of light and beauty in the world.
Dwelling in the refuge of Dharma, I learn to open many doors on the path of transformation.
Dwelling in the refuge of Sangha, I am supported by it's shining light that keeps my practice free of obstacles.

Taking refuge in Buddha in myself, I aspire to help all people recongnize their own awakened nature and realize the mind of love.
Taking refuge in the Buddha in myself, I aspire to help all people grasp the way of practice and walk together on path of liberation.
Taking refuge in the Sangha in myself, I sapire to help all people build fourfold communities and encourage the transformation of all beings.

The Three Jewels of Buddhism Buddham Sharanam Gacchami Hymn

On life's journey
Faith is nourishment,
Virtuous deeds are a shelter,
Wisdom is the light by day and
Right mindfulness is the protection by night.
If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him;
If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom.


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Comment by Luna Arjuna on February 7, 2020 at 8:28pm

The Four Reliances

First, rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words. Second, rely on the teachings, not on the personality of the teacher. Third, rely on real wisdom, not superficial interpretation. And fourth, rely on the essence of your pure Wisdom Mind, not on judgmental perceptions.

~ Traditional Buddhist teaching ~

Comment by Luna Arjuna on February 7, 2020 at 8:04pm

Buddhists are followers of the Buddhas teachings but the Buddha was not... he was a radical Hindu teacher. Domo Geshe Rinpoche

He was against the caste system, against the owning of women and against the Vedas.

Comment by Nada Jung on December 27, 2019 at 1:17am

Buddhist Logic:

To abandon the mind as useless is to seek cessation, the path of the arhat.

To overpower the mind with happy and pleasant thoughts is worldly religions aim, reducing manifest suffering by distraction, which acts like a drug, making their adherents mindless.

To train the mind into a pliable compassionate tool is to enter the path of awakening of the Mahayana.

Beyond the veils of the limited human perceptual realm is the beginning of another portion of the vast journey to perfection, our real home.

~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche

Comment by Jan on November 23, 2019 at 8:21pm

See  yourself in others.

Then whom can you hurt?

What harm can you do?


Comment by Luna Arjuna on November 23, 2019 at 12:06am

"As I am, so are others; as others are, so am I. Having thus identified self and others, harm no one nor have them harmed."

- Buddha

Comment by Luna Arjuna on July 8, 2019 at 4:25pm

The buddhas view and spontaneously work at deeper levels of existence, lifting beings into liberation without trying to help fix what is not broken (a characteristic of the lower enlightened states). For those practitioners who are already partially transformed from skillful and blessed inner work from previous lives, their consciousness simply needs to be clarified and resolved into the awakened state.

~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~

Comment by Eva Libre on July 8, 2019 at 9:09am

Samsara is not afraid of losing you... you have been its devotee for a very long time and does not suspect that you are divorcing it.

Comment by Luna Arjuna on July 4, 2019 at 1:36pm

As cool as a lotus pond
Its ground covered in pearls and silver dust
May your days be filled with bliss
Refreshed by the dharma

~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~

(from Medicine Buddha empowerment)

Comment by Luna Arjuna on June 30, 2019 at 12:48pm

Buddhism teaches that in the general confusion of samsara, friends can become enemies and enemies can become friends. This is not the only problem that samsara causes but it might be one of the most painful. The insight of true equanimity repairs the confusion about relating to others.

~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~

Comment by Luna Arjuna on June 30, 2019 at 12:22pm

Why are there different Buddhas?

Rinpoche shares why Buddhas appear in different deity forms, such as Manjushri (Buddha of Wisdom) and Chenrezig (Buddha of Compassion).


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