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Vigilance: From "The Way of the Bodhisattva" by Shantideva

Vigilance: From “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva

The following is respectfully quoted from “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva as translated by the Padmakara Translation Group and published by Shambhala:

Vigilance

1. Those who wish to keep a rule of life Must guard their minds in perfect self-possession. Without this guard upon the mind, No discipline can ever be maintained.

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Astrology for 7/1/2015

7/1/2015 Wednesday by Norma

Cooperation is what matters most today. Extend a hand, help someone else. You must consider your interests and the interests of others as of equal importance. Use the childhood principal of “One for me, one for you,” for best results. An emotional person expects special treatment from you but continue to […]

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The Brilliance of the Great Bodhicitta

The Brilliance of the Great Bodhicitta

An excerpt from a teaching called How to Pray by Being by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

As we realize that others need our help, we begin to heed their calls. We begin to turn to what is real, what is profound—the brilliance of the great bodhicitta. The great bodhicitta is the first movement from the […]

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Astrology for 6/30/2015

6/30/2015 Tuesday by Norma

This is the perfect day to initiate a new venture. Start before noon for best results and give it all your energy. Anonymous said, “All glory comes from daring to begin.” Travel is favored, but if you stay home engage in creative ventures. The day is more conducive to love and […]

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Heart Sutra

Prajnaparamita

Thus have I heard.

Once the Blessed One was dwelling in Rajagriha at Vulture Peak mountain, together with a great gathering of the sangha of monks and a great gathering of the sangha of bodhisattvas.  At that time the Blessed One entered the samadhi that expresses the dharma called “profound illumination,” and at the same time noble Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva, while practicing the profound prajñaparamita, saw in this way: he saw the five skandhas to be empty of nature.

Then, through the power of the Buddha, venerable Shariputra said to noble Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva, “How should a son or daughter of noble family train, who wishes to practice the profound prajñaparamita?”

Addressed in this way, noble Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva, said to venerable Shariputra, “O Shariputra, a son or daughter of noble family who wishes to practice the profound prajñaparamita should see in this way: seeing the five skandhas to be empty of nature.  Form is emptiness; emptiness also is form.  Emptiness is no other than form; form is no other than emptiness.  In the same way, feeling perception, formation, and consciousness are emptiness.  Thus, Shariputra, all dharmas are emptiness.  There are no characteristics.  There is no birth and no cessation.  There is no impurity and no purity.  There is no decrease and no increase.  Therefore, Shariputra, in emptiness, there is no form, no feeling, no perception, no formation, no consciousness; no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind; no appearance, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no dharmas; no eye dhatu up to no mind dhatu, no dhatu of dharmas, no mind consciousness dhatu; no ignorance, no end of ignorance up to no old age and death, no end of old age and death; no suffering, no origin of suffering, no cessation of suffering, no path, no wisdom, no attainment, and no nonattainment.  Therefore, Shariputra, since the bodhisattvas have no attainment, they abide by means of prajñaparamita.  Since there is no obscuration of mind, there is no fear.  They transcend falsity and attain complete nirvana.  All the buddhas of the three times, by means of prajñaparamita, fully awaken to unsurpassable, true, complete enlightenment.  Therefore, the great mantra of prajñaparamita, the mantra of great insight, the unsurpassed mantra, the unequaled mantra, the mantra that calms all suffering should be known as truth, since there is no deception.  The prajñaparamita mantra is said in this way:

OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA

Thus, Shariputra, the bodhisattva mahasattva should train in the profound prajñaparamita.”  Then the Blessed One arose from that samadhi and praised noble Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva, saying, “Good, good, O son of noble family; thus it is, O son of noble family, thus it is.  One should practice the profound prajñaparamita just as you have taught and all the Tathagatas will rejoice.”

When the Blessed One had said this, venerable Shariputra and noble Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva, that whole assembly and the world with its gods, humans, asuras and gandharvas rejoiced and praised the words of the Blessed One.

This concludes the “Heart-Essence of the Prajnaparamita.”

If one wishes to put this Sutra into practice, in the space before one-self visualize the Tathagata with a devil taming gesture while surrounded by Avalokiteshvara and Shariputra who are conversing with each other and many other Sangha of the Greater and the Lesser Vehicles. And then recite the profound Sutra while being mindful of the emptiness meaning for seven times or more and having recited its awareness mantra to an appropriate number of times, finally do the Reversing of Devils Ritual.

TADYATHA   GATE  GATE  PARA  GATE  PARA  SAMGATE  BODHI  SWAHA

Namo! I prostrate to the guru!

I prostrate to the Buddha!

I prostrate to the Dharma!

I prostrate to the Sangha!

I prostrate to the Sublime Mother, the Prajnaparamita!

May the truth of my words be accomplished!

As when the lord of gods, Indra Sakaratu, by contemplating and chanting the profound meaning of the Prajnaparamita, repelled all negative forces and other inopportune circumstances, may I also, through contemplating the profound meaning of the Praajnaparamita, the Sublime Mother, and by chanting the text,

(clap hands at *)

Ward off all unwholesome forces and all other unfavorable conditions!*

May they be annihilated!*

May they be pacified!*

May they be utterly pacified!*

(At the end, recite the following:)

The Prajnaparamita, whose interdependent arising has no cessation or birth, has no nihilism or eternalism, has no coming or going, is not about being multiple or single entities, but has been taught as the total pacification of elaborations. Of the speeches of the Perfected Buddhas, it is the most sublime one. To this, I prostrate!

While accomplishing the perfect Buddhahood,

May the external and internal harms, and all interrupting obstacles be utterly calmed!*

Pacify the eighty-thousand classes of obstacles!*

Free us from inconsistent and harmful conditions!*

And be filled with harmonious conditions!*

By this auspiciousness, bring happiness and wholesomeness to all beings!*

(After that, recite prayers of dedication, good wishes, and auspiciousness!)

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