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Old 12-08-2009, 05:32 PM   #21
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21. Relying upon a Spiritual Guide,



Geshe Kelsang said in Paris in October 2008:

“To understand who our Spiritual Guide is, we should know what the spiritual path is. If we know this, then we can understand how someone can be our Spiritual Guide…. If we understand that the qualification or characteristic of the teacher is to sincerely lead his or her students to correct spiritual paths (principally the trainings in renunciation, universal compassion and the correct view of emptiness) through giving teachings and showing a good example, we don’t need to worry. He or she will never cheat us. Otherwise we may be cheated.”

We can be “cheated” by someone who abuses our reliance for worldly purposes, for example for power, reputation, prestige or wealth. However, we cannot be cheated by someone who is genuinely leading us along the spiritual path if we are relying upon them for our own spiritual development and not for their benefit.

As Geshe Kelsang says:

“The most important thing is that we are doing this for our own purpose, because faith is our spiritual life. Dharma and the normal aims of samsara should not be mixed. If we separate these there will no problems; if they are mixed then it is possible that some problems will arise because the teacher can misuse his or her higher position due to the students having so much devotion.”

This is similar to saying that religion and politics do not mix – if politics and worldly concerns are brought to bear on a relationship between a Spiritual Guide and a student, the relationship becomes a power struggle wherein the student is inevitably the loser. The teaching on Guru devotion means to develop and maintain deep faith in our Spiritual Guide and to put his or her teachings into practice. “Just this!” There is no need for further relationships, such as business or political relationships, which in fact will only give rise to problems.


Pure, effective Guru devotion has in fact always worked independent of politics. There are classic examples we can follow, as Geshe Kelsang suggests:

“We can take examples from ancient times of how, for example, the Indian Buddhist Master Naropa relied upon Tilopa and how Atisha relied upon Serlingpa, and in Tibet how Dromtonpa relied upon Atisha and Milarepa relied upon Marpa.”

However, a note of caution:

“We should follow their example, but because both the teachers and the students were very simple, there were no problems. Now in the modern world it is not simple. Due to the huge development of material activities, people have developed many different aims. So be careful, keep Dharma purely and never allow extreme views. Teachers should never use Dharma for their position, and students should never use their teachers for their position. We should follow Guru devotion only according to the development of Dharma realizations. Because the modern world has developed so much, it is very easy to follow in an extreme way. We know that other religions have this extreme; teachers say something and their students immediately follow them, and this causes suffering to so many people. It is very necessary to prevent these kinds of things.”

In keeping with the Kadampa Geshes’ precept “to remain natural while changing your aspiration”, and the common sense wisdom tradition of Je Tsongkhapa, today’s Buddhists need to avoid zealous types of behaviour that have no place in modern, democratic cultures. Our view of our Spiritual Guide must be kept inside the heart. We must avoid fanaticism mentally, verbally and physically — for example, telling the world that our teacher is an enlightened being, using epithets such as “Avalokiteshvara” or “Manjushri” etc.

“Teachers should never show ‘I am a holy being, I am Buddha’ and so forth, and also the students should never say, ‘My Teacher is a Buddha’. This is ridiculous. Saying ‘My Teacher is Heruka’ or ‘My Teacher is Vajrayogini’ is not correct conversation! We should speak and act exactly as normal. We should respect what people in society believe. Otherwise, if we behave and react in strange ways that society does not accept, we will become isolated. They will never appreciate us. Even faithful disciples never talk like this. For example, I have many faithful students, but they never say ‘Geshe Kelsang is Heruka’ or ‘He is Buddha’ or ‘He is Lama Tsongkhapa’. They never say this. … Modern people follow the truth as they see it, so if you say ‘He is Heruka’, ‘He is Buddha Shakyamuni’, people will see contradictions and not appreciate or believe you.”

This approach also has the potential to avert the disharmony that comes from comparing and contrasting one’s spiritual leaders.

Always Remember there are Lots Of charlatans,choose your guide with caution,and you are your best guide.

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Old 12-08-2009, 05:40 PM   #22
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I have been over this in another thread,but I feel it relevant to this one,so I will add it,plus all the vids went missing

First degree of Seven.

[QUOTE=lightgiver;1171614]Cathedral of St. James at Compostela (Moon Oracle) - base chakra





As each Chakra is energetically opened the student,spiritually speaking makes progress.

The First degree initiation was the result that flowed spiritually from the awakening of the base Chakra that connects us with the earth and physical reality,according to tradition it can only be opened after the attainment of true humility,for this is the chakra that keeps us rooted.



The first degree ,The Raven,symbolised the messenger of the gods.it was thus that the new candidate achieved through inner toil,the first stage of soul conversion through which gained capacity to receive messages from spirits in the Divine world.The Raven also represented the messenger of the mystery cults who had learned to express the visual in images which could be understood at different levels by both the outside world and by the initiated.



American Indians associated Raven with magick, a powerful medicine or power that gives courage to enter the void, the Great Mystery where Great Spirit resides. When Raven appears, there will be a positive change in consciousness. Raven guards ritual magick and healing.

Raven brought light into the darkness of the world and transformed and created part of Maka, Mother Earth. He named plants and taught animals.

Raven is the hallmark of shape-shifting. Raven could see all and find things that are hidden.


Fly straight with Perfection.

We will never realise until we are dead.

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On one occasion Aryadeva and Ashvaghosa were about to have a debate. Ashvaghosa was standing on the threshold of a room with one foot inside and one foot outside. To test Aryadeva’s wisdom he said ‘Am I going out or coming in?’ Aryadeva replied ‘That depends upon your intention. If you want to go out, you will go out. If you want to come in, you will come in.’ Ashvaghosa could think of nothing to say to this because what Aryadeva had said was perfectly correct.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:11 PM   #24
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Second degree of Illumination

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A more in depth presentation of the second degree.

Notre-Dame de Dalbade Tolouse (Mercury Oracle) - sacral chakra



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwTdSwpenRk

He was then instructed to make the pilgrimage from Compostela to Toulouse the church built on the site of the mercury oracle,

It's the smallest planet and closest to the Sun - and Mercury also helped establish the General Theory of Relativity.

Mercury was simply the Latinization of Hermes,the Winged messenger of the Gods.

ES should have used this one

At Toulouse he would have been introduced to the Mysteries of the second degree with the opening of the sacral chakra,



The second degree is known that of the Occultist and is symbolised as the Peacock,



Whose many splendoured plumage represents the students new powers of moral imagination.

He had now become the Hidden one or occultist who could communicate directly with Hermes Trismegistus,the thrice blessed one of the Greek mysteries whose bust adorns the walls of Rosslyn chapel.



The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus

True it is, without falsehood, certain and most true. That which is above is like that which is below and that which is below is like that which is above, to accomplish the miracle of unity.
Everything is formed from the contemplation of unity, and all things come about from unity, by means of adaptation.
. . .

Thus you shall have the glory of the illumination of all the world, and all obscurity will fly far from you.
This is the power of all strength--it overcomes every subtle thing and penetrates every solid substance.
This was the means of the creation of the world.
In the future wonderful adaptations will be achieved, and this is the way.

I am Hermes the Threefold Sage, so named because I hold the three elements of all wisdom. And thus ends the revelation of the work of the Sun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPhwggDy7qo

Your streets were paved with love
Your skies were blue
Goodbye Toulouse

I walked your streets in fear
I washed your streets with tears
Toulouse

Goodbye Toulouse

Your cafes tell the tale
Of saddened millionaires
Toulouse

A million dreams I've had
A million lies live told
Toulouse

Goodbye Toulouse

Paula looked down on me
From her high balcony
Toulouse

I will return some day
So you can hear me say
Farewell

http://www.outerworlds.com/likeness/aliens/aliens.html
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Orleans Cathedral (Venus Oracle),



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuipDddI5Yc

This Degree was achieved by entry into the Mysteries of the Venus oracle and the sublime Cathedral of Orleans,



The Knight is the Symbol of the third and warrior degree and knighthood was bestowed for the attainment of it.



When the aspirant had gained enough sufficient inner strength and moral courage to represent the good against the evil in the world,he was named the warrior,

The Legendary Knights of the Round Table of King Arthur were initiates at this level,as were the Knights Templar who were able to represent the sword of Justice in the barbaric medieval world.







The Fulfilment of this degree led to the awakening of the third chakra,said to be the storehouse of prana,the universal life force.When fear and anxiety register here,thought becomes action,the fight or flight syndrome.



The 3rd degree,the warrior,Learn how Karate or martial arts lessons can build self esteem, focus and confidence in you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BJ9I8kBxWM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYuBqpCLnbQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9HR7TTOReE



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heqHwCVzsDs


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Fourth Degree of Illumination,

Chartres Cathedral ( Sun Oracle) - heart chakra,



Accorded to The Degree of the Lion,



Sacred symbol of the swan,



The swan song represented the death of self and the inner realisation of the divine within the human breast,awarded only when the aspirant had gained control of their subjective process's so that no unconscious prejudice could rule their actions

the sublime gifts of love an compassion,

This represents the union bewtween the physical and spiritual aspects of the personality,






On the exterior of Chartres Cathedral, by the north door, there is a carving on a pillar, which gives us an indication of the object sought by the burrowing Templars, representing the Ark of the Covenant, but in a rather strange context. The Ark is depicted as being transported on a wheeled vehicle. Legend recounts that the Ark of the Covenant had been secreted deep beneath the Temple in Jerusalem centuries before the fall of the city to the Romans. It had been hidden there to protect it form yet another invading army who had laid the city to waste. Hugh de Payen had been chosen to lead the expedition mounted to locate the Ark and bring it back to Europe. Persistent legends recount that the Ark was then hidden for a considerable time deep beneath the crypt of Chartres Cathedral. The same legends also claim that the Templars found many other sacred artefacts from the old Jewish temple in the course of their investigations and that a considerable quantity of documentation was also located during the dig. While there has been much speculation as to the exact nature of these documents, a reasonable consensus is emerging that they contained scriptural scrolls, treatises on sacred geometry, and details of certain knowledge, art and science - the hidden wisdom of the ancient initiates of the Judaic/Egyptian tradition. Until very recently these legends received short shrift from academic historians, but that situation is undergoing considerable change. One modern archaeological discovery tends to support the speculative scenario that the Templars knew where to look and precisely what they were seeking.. The Copper Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered at Quamran, tends to confirm not only the objective of the Templar excavations but also, albeit indirectly, gives some credence to the bizarre concept of the transmission of knowledge through the generations that led to the Templar's discoveries in Jerusalem.
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Notre Dame de Paris (Mars Oracle) - throat chakra.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN2Yck4uyXM



The site of the Druidic oracle of Mars,



and in Grail symbolism depicted by the pelican,the bird wounds its own Breast to feed its young,



Such an initiate lived for the perpetuation of his of her own people for Instance ,the Persian,the Egyptian,the Greek or the Israelite and dedicated his life to their service.He now worked within a conscious unity of Folk spirit of his own people.He could now suffer the responsibility of speaking for his own Karmic community.



The Fifth centre is the throat chakra and is one of the higher ones.

It is associated with communication and demands that a distinction be made bewtween purposeful words and thought,and those which are idle and meaningless noise.It is the centre of both speech and inner hearing,and is connected with the power of sound.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBXeXBpTVOk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NJMk77jasc

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Amiens Cathedral (Jupiter Oracle) - brow chakra,


This degree took place in the Glorious confines of Amiens cathedral,





The brow Chakra,known to many as the third eye,or eye of the mind,is connected with the pituitary gland.Clairvoyance is specifically connected to this centre,which relates to the right side of the brain and the spiritual faculties of insight and intuition,it brings direct knowing.It is responsible for the balance and harmony of the energy system.When this chakra is awakened the,then by now,highly qualified aspirant would be instructed in the sublime mysteries of the Jupiter oracle,



and gain advancement to the sixth and penultimate degree,denoted by the eagle,



The aspirant then acquired the capacity to communicate in the spiritual world and gained a true insight into the secrets of space,he or she then could expand their conciousness bewtween Earth and Sun within the streaming of time.

All who were privileged enough to undertake this pilgrimage would have ben spiritual gifted people,and those who arose to attain any of the higher degrees of initiation would have been men of exceptional talent,humility and dedication.

Not Posted videos due to the disappearing acts,No Point.

BTW this is nothing new(North East West) under the sun,its all out there,no point in writing a book about it.

Also If you notice the Eagle Is carrying the FISH.(Pisces)

Traditional
Pisces Traits

Imaginative and sensitive
Compassionate and kind
Selfless and unworldly
Intuitive and sympathetic


On the dark side....

Escapist and idealistic
Secretive and vague
Weak-willed and easily led,And there is a lot of that going around these days.

The pineal gland, a cone-shaped organ, which btw is how it got its name, is about the size of a pea and is located in a tiny cave behind and above the pituitary gland almost directly in the middle of the brain. It is attached to the third ventricle of the brain and produces the hormone "melatonin," which is secreted throughout the night with the absence of light.

When light enters the retina of the eyes, this signal is sent through the optic nerve to a region of the hypothalamus called the suprachiasmatic nucleus. This pathway is called the retinohypothalamic tract. From the suprachiasmatic nucleus, nerve impulses via the sympathetic nervous system travel to the pineal gland and inhibit the production of melatonin. At night, these impulses stop (because no light stimulates the hypothalamus) and melatonin production ensues and is released into the body. As a result, it appears the pineal gland is a photosensitive organ. Or is it?
http://www.dhyansanjivani.org/pineal_gland_chakra.asp



Now you know where this is.
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The Seventh Degree of initiation,(King of the Grail)

Rosslyn Chapel (Saturn Oracle) - crown chakra" The Omphalos or Spiritual Umbilicus of the World,



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy2Dg-ncWoY

The Enlightenment which flows from the opening of the crown chakra is the supreme and total fulfilment of the grail search,and was awarded at the seventh site,Rosslyn chapel,



the ancient and revered site of the Saturn oracle itself.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTh8kcCvlTY

The initiation ceremony for this degree took place in the hidden chamber under the chapel which was deliberately created by Earl William St Clair at the focal point for every known path of initiation.

The crown was the royal symbol of the King of the Grail,



To Him was revealed an understanding of all the laws at work within human destiny,



The holder of the seventh degree was given the name of the Father because the initiate knew the secrets of time and had gained a true understanding of the working of the primal karma out of which the Father God was functioning,



This degree gave an insight into the spiritualization of death,which may have explained the Ancient Knight Templars well deserved reputation for being fearless in battle,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTbVVbDpGzM

It was attained with the culmination of the spiritual journey at the opening of the crown chakra ,which is mystically united with the pineal gland ,known to devotees of the Greek mysteries as the seat of the soul.



Its opening is essential for attaining complete attunement in the process of both healing and Meditation.The full flowering of the crown chakra occurs when the head of the serpent reaches it,for which the psychological keyword is Awakening.





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Maybe you ned to practise more and that avatar does not help


Chapter1 - Introduction
Preface

Every living being has the same basic wish – to be happy and to avoid suffering. Even newborn babies, animals, and insects have this wish. It has been our main wish since beginningless time and it is with us all the time, even during our sleep. We spend our whole life working hard to fulfil this wish.

Since this world evolved, human beings have spent much time and energy improving external conditions in their search for happiness and a solution to their many problems. What has been the result? Instead of their wishes being fulfilled, human suffering has continued to increase while the experience of happiness and peace is decreasing. This clearly shows that we need to find a true method for gaining pure happiness and freedom from misery.

All our problems and all our unhappiness are created by our uncontrolled mind and our non-virtuous actions. By engaging in the practice of Dharma, we can learn to pacify and control our mind, abandon non-virtuous actions and their root cause, and thereby attain permanent peace, the true cessation of all our suffering.

The supreme Dharma of training the mind (Tib. Lojong) is an unsurpassed method for controlling our mind, and reveals the principal path to enlightenment. There are many different sets of Lojong instructions, such as those contained in the One Hundred Practices of Training the Mind. The present text, Universal Compassion, explains how to put into practice the Lojong instructions given by Bodhisattva Geshe Chekhawa in his root text Training the Mind in Seven Points. The seven points are:

1 The preliminary practices of training the mind
2 The main practice: training in the two bodhichittas
3 Transforming adverse conditions into the path to enlightenment
4 How to integrate all our daily practices
5 The measurement of success in training the mind
6 The commitments of training the mind
7 The precepts of training the mind

The first point, the preliminary practices, is the preparation for engaging in the principal path to enlightenment, and the second point is the principal path itself. The five remaining points are the methods for completing the principal path.

To have the opportunity to practise this precious and profound teaching is infinitely more meaningful than being given all the precious jewels in the world. If we understand how extremely worthwhile it is to read, listen to, study, contemplate, and engage in the practice of this very special Dharma, we will do so with great faith and a happy mind.



The Lineage and Qualities of Training the Mind
THE LINEAGE AND PRE-EMINENT QUALITIES OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS

The instructions on training the mind were originally given by Buddha Shakyamuni. He passed them to Manjushri, who transmitted them to Shantideva. From Shantideva they passed in unbroken succession to Elladari, Viravajra, Ratnashri, Serlingpa, Atisha, Dromtonpa, Geshe Potowa, Geshe Sharawa, and Geshe Chekhawa. Geshe Chekhawa composed the text Training the Mind in Seven Points and spread the study and practice of training the mind throughout Tibet. He transmitted the instructions to the Bodhisattva Chilbuwa and from him they passed through a succession of realized Masters to Je Tsongkhapa.

Several versions of the root text, Training the Mind in Seven Points, were compiled from notes taken by Geshe Chekhawa’s disciples. Later, Je Tsongkhapa gave teachings on Training the Mind in Seven Points and, without contradicting other sources, clarified the meaning of these instructions according to the view and intentions of Geshe Chekhawa and Atisha. The notes of Je Tsongkhapa’s disciples were collected into a text known as Sunrays of Training the Mind, which is regarded as one of the most authoritative commentaries on training the mind. The version of the root text used in this book is the one compiled by Je Phabongkhapa, based on Sunrays of Training the Mind, Essence of Nectar of Training the Mind, and other texts. Thus, from Je Tsongkhapa the instructions on training the mind have come down in an unbroken lineage to present-day Teachers.


Homage to great compassion.
This essence of nectar-like instruction
Is transmitted from Serlingpa.


Geshe Chekhawa begins the root text by paying homage to great compassion. His purpose is to show that, because all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are born from the mother, great compassion, anyone wishing to become a Buddha or Bodhisattva must keep compassion as their main practice.

The second line likens the instructions on training the mind to the essence of nectar. The nectar enjoyed by gods and some humans produces only ordinary happiness, but the instructions on training the mind can provide the extraordinary bliss of full enlightenment.

The third line shows that, from the many different instructions Atisha received and handed down through Dromtonpa and other Teachers to Geshe Chekhawa, this particular instruction came from his Spiritual Guide Serlingpa.

It is said that Geshe Chekhawa originally belonged to the old tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the Nyingma tradition. Although he was well versed in the teachings of both the old and the new traditions of Dharma, he was not entirely satisfied with his practice. He sought teachings from Rechungpa, one of Milarepa’s main disciples, and later from the Kadampa Teacher Geshe Chagshinpa. One day, when in Geshe Chagshinpa’s room, he found a short text entitled Eight Verses of Training the Mind. Two lines in the sixth verse caught his attention:

May I take defeat upon myself
And offer them the victory.

Even though he already possessed a profound knowledge of Dharma, his mind was deeply affected by these words. Wanting to discover their real meaning, he asked Geshe Chagshinpa the name of the author. Geshe Chagshinpa replied that the text was written by Geshe Langri Tangpa. Immediately upon hearing this, Geshe Chekhawa developed a wish to receive teachings from Geshe Langri Tangpa, and he set out at once for Lhasa where he hoped to meet him. When he arrived he discovered that Geshe Langri Tangpa had passed away, and so he decided to find one of Geshe Langri Tangpa’s disciples who could give him an explanation of this verse. He met a man from the province of Lang Tang, who told him that one of Geshe Langri Tangpa’s main disciples was Geshe Sharawa. Encouraged by this, Geshe Chekhawa set out to find Geshe Sharawa. When he found him, Geshe Sharawa was teaching a course on philosophy to a vast audience. Geshe Chekhawa listened to the teachings, which went on for several days, but he heard no mention of accepting defeat and offering the victory to others. After the teachings had finished, Geshe Chekhawa approached Geshe Sharawa as he was circumambulating a stupa and, putting his upper garment on the ground as a seat, requested him, 'Please sit down for a while. I have something to ask you.' Geshe Sharawa replied rather abruptly, 'I have just given extensive teachings from the throne, did you not understand them?' Geshe Chekhawa answered, 'I have one special question.' Geshe Sharawa then sat down and Geshe Chekhawa asked, 'How important is the practice of accepting defeat and offering the victory to others?' Geshe Sharawa replied, 'If you want to attain enlightenment, this practice is essential.' Geshe Chekhawa then asked where this practice was taught in the scriptures, and Geshe Sharawa replied by quoting two lines from Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of Advice for the King:

May their negative actions ripen upon me
And may all my virtues ripen upon them.

Implicit in these words is the wish to accept defeat oneself and offer the victory to others. Geshe Sharawa gave further sources that convinced Geshe Chekhawa that this teaching was authentic. Geshe Chekhawa then requested Geshe Sharawa to give him full instructions on this practice. Geshe Sharawa replied, 'If you stay with me for several years, I will teach you.' Geshe Chekhawa stayed with Geshe Sharawa for twelve years, and within six years he had become very skilled at training his mind. Other Kadampa Geshes recognized that he had attained the Mahayana path of seeing by completely abandoning self-cherishing.

Until this time, the instructions on training the mind had not been taught openly but had remained a secret lineage. Since it was necessary to possess a certain degree of faith before practising these instructions, Geshe Chekhawa at first taught them only to his closest and most receptive disciples.

This was a time when leprosy was widespread in Tibet because doctors were unable to cure it. One day, Geshe Chekhawa met some lepers and decided to instruct them in the practice of training the mind, and especially in the practice of taking and giving. Through engaging in these practices, many of the lepers were quickly cured of their disease. News of this spread rapidly and many other sufferers came to see Geshe Chekhawa, whose home soon took on the appearance of a hospital. As a result, Geshe Chekhawa’s teachings became known among Tibetans as the 'Dharma for leprosy'.

Geshe Chekhawa had a brother who disliked Dharma intensely and had no faith in Geshe Chekhawa himself. One day, he happened to overhear some of the teachings on training the mind that Geshe Chekhawa was giving to the lepers and was impressed by what he heard. Some time later, Geshe Chekhawa noticed from his brother’s behaviour that he was practising the instructions on training the mind. Geshe Chekhawa thought that if a disbeliever such as his brother could benefit from these teachings, many other beings could also be helped by them, and so he decided that it was no longer appropriate to keep the instructions secret. Accordingly, with a sincere wish to help all living beings, he composed the text Training the Mind in Seven Points. Because of his great kindness in composing this text and teaching it openly, we now have an opportunity to receive these instructions and put them into practice. Therefore, we should remember with gratitude the kindness of Geshe Chekhawa.

It is like a diamond, like the sun, and like a medicinal tree.

The fourth line of Geshe Chekhawa’s text explains the good qualities of the instructions on training the mind, likening them to a diamond, the sun, and a medicinal tree. Most precious things become valueless if they are broken, but if a diamond is cut into little pieces, each fragment, however small, is still valuable. In this respect, the instructions on training the mind are like a diamond because, while it is most valuable to practise all the instructions on training the mind, it is still very worthwhile to practise just some of them. Just as we would take care not to lose even the smallest fragment of a diamond, so we should not disregard any part of the instructions on training the mind, however small.

Just as full sunlight completely dispels all darkness but even a few rays provide a measure of light, so, if we complete the practice of training the mind, we will totally dispel the darkness of our ignorance, but if we engage in only some parts of the practice, this will still help to reduce our ignorance and self-cherishing.

Just as every part of a medicinal tree – the roots, trunk, branches, leaves, flowers, and fruit – provides medicine and is useful in curing disease, so every part of the instructions on training the mind can cure the mental disease of the delusions. Ordinary medicines can cure only physical disease, but the panacea of training the mind cures sicknesses of both body and mind. This is why the practice is sometimes called the 'unsurpassed medicine'.

How can we be sure that the instructions on training the mind really possess all these good qualities? This question is answered by Geshe Chekhawa in the fifth line of the root text:

The meaning of this text should be known.

Once we have understood the meaning of these instructions, we should put them into practice. Then we will come to understand all the excellent qualities of training the mind through our own experience. Unless we practise in this way, we will never know for ourself how these instructions are 'like a diamond, like the sun, and like a medicinal tree.'

The sixth and seventh lines of the root text reveal the power of training the mind to transform adverse conditions into the path to enlightenment:

The development of the five impurities
Will be transformed into the path to enlightenment.

It is said that this present age has five impurities: the impurity of time, the impurity of living beings, the impurity of view, the impurity of delusions, and the impurity of life span. The impurity of time is the relative poverty of spiritual practice at this time. There has been a great decline in spirituality through the ages, and human beings are now very poor in terms of their spiritual development compared with beings in the past. In ancient times, many beings were spiritually so advanced that they could see Buddhas and Bodhisattvas directly. Many attained tranquil abiding and different kinds of clairvoyance, such as eye clairvoyance (the ability to see distant forms and subtle forms), ear clairvoyance (the ability to hear distant sounds far beyond the normal range), the mental power of knowing others’ minds directly, and the mental power of knowing past and future lives. Many also possessed miracle powers, such as the ability to emanate different forms or the ability to fly. During this time, countless beings attained liberation and enlightenment.

With the passing of time, however, fewer and fewer beings have been able to see Buddhas and Bodhisattvas directly or to attain other high spiritual accomplishments. These days, no ordinary being can see enlightened beings directly. The fact that we see everyone as ordinary is, in itself, a sign of the impurity of our times. However, if we practise training the mind purely, we can turn these faults and imperfections of our times – which usually cause great difficulties and suffering – into causes of spiritual paths.

The impurity of living beings is the beings themselves. Living beings today experience very little peace and happiness, whereas external dangers to life are increasing greatly. Our natures are much grosser, and our sufferings and difficulties far worse, than those of beings in the past. With every passing generation, living beings become more and more unhappy, more and more unruly, and more and more disturbed. We are now very skilled at producing all kinds of weapons for waging war and harming each other, but we lack the skills to create peace and happiness. Even though we long for peace and happiness, we busily lay the foundations for conflict and suffering. We have made great advances in producing material things but these do not bring true peace, nor do they eradicate our sufferings permanently. However, if we practise training the mind purely, we can transform all these adversities into causes of the path to enlightenment.

The impurity of view is the strong tendency of people these days to accept and foster mistaken or distorted views, such as views that deny past and future lives, the existence of enlightened beings, the functioning of karma, or the effectiveness of Dharma. If we practise training the mind purely, we can eliminate all wrong views.

The impurity of delusions means that our anger, attachment, and ignorance are much stronger and more harmful than the delusions experienced by people of earlier times, and consequently our sufferings are far worse. Moreover, because we find it difficult to control our delusions, our spiritual practice produces very few results. However, if we engage sincerely in the practice of training the mind, we can transform the faults of these delusions into causes of spiritual paths.

The fifth impurity is impurity of life span. It is said that when Buddha Krakuchchanda appeared in this world human beings lived for long periods of time – about eighty thousand years. By the time of the second Buddha, Buddha Kanakamuni, life expectancy had diminished to forty thousand years, by the time of the third Buddha, Buddha Kashyapa, it had fallen to twenty thousand years, and by the time of the fourth Buddha, Buddha Shakyamuni, it was about one hundred years. In the scriptures, it is said that this decline will continue until the average human life span is only ten years. However, if we use our human life to practise training the mind sincerely, we will be able to attain the highest goal of full enlightenment within this short life.

The main reason for practising these instructions on training the mind is to fulfil our deepest wish – to attain lasting happiness and complete freedom from suffering. These cannot be attained by external means, such as the acquisition of material wealth. No matter how many possessions we acquire, they will not provide us with any lasting happiness and freedom. On the contrary, it is often our pursuit of material possessions that causes our problems. If we want ultimate happiness and freedom from suffering, we must engage in the supreme practices of training the mind. There is no other way.

All living beings have Buddha seed, or Buddha nature. The method that causes this seed to ripen is putting the instructions on training the mind into practice. The actual experiences, or realizations, of training the mind are the paths to enlightenment; therefore, it is essential for all beings to gain experience of this practice. At the very end of the Condensed Perfection of Wisdom Sutra, Buddha says:

I have explained the paths to enlightenment so that all living beings might attain them.


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LETTING GO OF ATTACHMENT

WHAT IS TRANSFORMATION?

TRANSFORMATION IS A JOURNEY OF LETTING GO.

WHAT DO YOU LET GO OF?

ATTACHMENT

TRANSFORMATION IS A JOURNEY OF MEETING WHO YOU ARE

WHEN THE LETTING GO IS ADVANCED, AND YOU HAVE BECOME VERY GOOD AT IT, YOU BEGIN TO PERCEIVE THAT THERE IS NO ‘YOU’ THAT MUST BE FOUND.

YOU BEGIN TO PERCEIVE THE YOU THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE.

YOU BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU DIDN’T NEED TO LOOK FOR YOU.

YOU WERE THERE ALL THE TIME.

YOUR EGO’S POINT OF VIEW INTERFERED WITH YOUR ABILITY TO PERCEIVE THIS TRUTH.

YOU ARE ATTACHED TO YOUR EGO’S POINT OF VIEW

LET GO OF YOUR EGO’S POINT OF VIEW.

BIT BY BIT – PIECE BY PIECE

LET IT GO.

DON’T TRY TO TAKE THE PAST, YOUR POSSESSIONS, WITH YOU ON THE PATH.

ANYTHING TRULY YOURS WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU.

DON’T BE ATTACHED TO THE PAST.

DON’T EVEN BE ATTACHED TO THESE TEACHINGS.

In his famous parable of the raft, the Buddha explains that his teachings are not a destination; they are a means of travelling. A means of travelling. Spiritual practices are the raw materials from which we can build for ourselves, from revelation and direct experience, a raft of understanding that guides us as we make the spiritual journey across our own uncharted consciousness. The Teachings, the Practices, and the Teacher help us cross the sea to the far shore but the far shore is not a place, it is not a destination. Your evolution does not stop when you reach another shore of reality. The Gift Keeps Moving. We are always learning because the Source of Grace, the Source of Unconditional Wisdom and Unconditional Love is always challenging us no matter how enlightened we think we are.

So when you reach another shore don’t think you’ve arrived somewhere and you are done so now you can stop. Don’t get attached to your latest revelation. Leave the raft behind and keep walking the path trusting that if ever again you need a raft, one will be there. Walk on to the next experience and use the wisdom you have incorporated and can now call your own to deal with the further challenges. The challenges will seem very different to you because you have changed so much, your emotional content is very different from when you began your initial journey. And because of your deep emotional changes, your new experiences will be different.

You change in authentic ways because, as you incorporate the teachings into your direct life experience and transformation becomes real to you, you become more present, more true to yourself. Being true to yourself is a state of being that evolves as you learn to trust yourself, and to surrender your attachment to your ego’s point of view.

If you try to do your practices while staying attached to your ego’s present point of view, you will never make it across the river and your fear will become attached to your present spiritual experience. Your fear will attach to your practices. Your fear will intensify and if you are not willing to trust the process of transformation, you will stay in your ego’s point of view and your fear will continue to live your life for you.

Transformation happens when your point of view come into alignment and no longer shift back and forth from point A to point B and back again to point A then back to point B – you move on into new arrivals and new beginnings. The creative process is a cycle, a circular, spiraling, movement. As you follow that movement, you begin to feel a feeling of liberation and trust in yourself. If you try to define new feelings from your old ego’s point of view this attachment to past teachings can become an encumbrance that prevents a new evolution.

The Buddha, in the raft story, describes attachment as trying to hold on to the raft long after it has served its purpose, long after you have crossed the sea. Holding on to teachings that have become beliefs can hinder your movement. Ideas about ourselves that served us yesterday might fail us tomorrow. Let go and be available to tomorrow’s truth, tomorrow’s wisdom. The Buddha ends the raft story with the conclusion that if one should not be attached to wise teachings, how much more should one not be attached to ignorance?

The Teachings don’t change, you change. The Teacher doesn’t change, you change. The Practices don’t change, you change. Don’t be attached to anything. Don’t even be attached to change. As you change, the Teachings begin to be perceived as spiritual ideals and your relationship to those ideals becomes more realistic and less judgemental. Learn to set high standards of accountability for yourself but do not be attached to those standards. Don’t let those standards become judgements. Don’t practice spirituality by the book, practice it by the heart, by the intuition. Let go of self-importance and self-condemnation. If you are taking transformation too seriously, too personally, and too heavily, lighten up. Whatever way you are interpreting your process, your interpretation is probably wrong, so just relax and let yourself move freely and with trust into a creative lifetime of new beginnings, further arrivals on newer shores and a liberation that continues to unfold.

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It is very easy to commit heavy negative karma. For example, simply by swatting a mosquito out of anger we create the cause to be reborn in hell. Throughout this and all our countless previous lives we have committed many heavy negative actions by practicing sincere confession, their potentialities remain in our mental continuum, and any one of these negative potentialities could ripen when we die. Bearing in mind, we should ask ourself: 'If I die today, where shall I be tomorrow? It is quite possible that I shall find myself in the animal realm, among the hungry ghosts, or in hell.
Sorry, but the above is a complete and utter load of bollocks!
"If you are interested in 'New Age' thought or some of the Eastern religions and philosophies the next bit might be a bit of a surprise. The voice explained to me that the vast majority of 'incarnate' consciousness that left the 'physical' body at what we call 'death' did not consciously reconnect with the Infinite. Instead it moved to other 'non-physical' dimensions of the Matrix. Consciousness may have withdrawn from the Time Loop, but it was still in the flytrap, albeit a less dense expression of it. Reincarnation was the cycle of consciousness moving in and out of the Time Loop from other levels of the Matrix. The concept of reincarnation is another creation of the Matrix entity to hold consciousness in a cycle of servitude while believing it is 'evolving' through experience in line with the New Age belief. 'Do you think the Infinite has to reincarnate?' the voice said. 'Consciousness in the Matrix is also the Infinite, so why does that have to reincarnate?' It doesn't, it just believes that it does. As with the saying 'death is no cure for ignorance,' so it was the case that consciousness in other levels of the Matrix was also trapped by illusions. When consciousness withdrew from the 'physical' body it did not become immediately re-enlightened. That depended on its reality. In the five-sense realm what we think we should see is what we appear to see and experience. This, the voice explained, is what also happened in other frequencies of the Matrix. If consiousness left the body believing totally that it was going to the heaven of Jesus and the Christian version of God, this would be its experience; that is what it would 'see' because that is what it believed it would see. It was the same with the other religious beliefs and the Matrix maintained a Christian 'heaven,' Islamic 'heaven,' Hindu 'heaven,' and Jewish 'heaven,' etc. But these were nothing more than figments of expectation. Only that which was free of conditioned belief was able to transcend the vibratory illusions of the Matrix and become consciously one with the Infinite. Belief was the prison and other levels of the Matrix were different levels of illusion. This meant that the overwhelming majority of information 'channelled' through psychics in the Time Loop was from consciousness still caught in the Matrix. This might know more than those in the Time Loop density, but it was still in the web of illusion....

"The voice told me how 'New Age' thought and some philosophies of the East and native peoples were more enlightened than those of the purely Time Loop religions and sciences of mainstream society. The 'New Age' reality understood that the 'physical' realm was only one dimension of existence and there were many more beyond the vibrational walls of human senses. That was good, but what was not understood is that these other vibrating dimensions were still levels of the Matrix. They provided the constant 'supply' of consciousness to inhabit the Time Loop and generate the fear necessary to keep the Matrix 'alive.' New Age beliefs in a 'Great White Brotherhood' or an 'Ashtar Command' communicating with their chosen people were manipulations of the Time Loop from other levels of the Matrix. In fact, some were even communications from within the Time Loop planted in the minds of the 'psychic' by mind-control and forms of technological 'telepathy.' When psychics, like those in stage shows and television, were communicating with the deceased relatives of the audience, there were contacting levels of the Matrix very close to the Time Loop reality. Their other-frequency communicators may realise that there are other 'worlds' beyond the 'physical,' but they were still in the realms of Matrix delusion. They communicated about going to 'Halls of Learning' in their non-physical world and how the Earth was a spiritual 'university' where people came to learn some tough lessons and work out their 'karma.' This was illusion, the voice said, total illuuuuusion! 'Do you think the Infinite has to go to school to learn anything when it knows everything there is to know?' the voice said. As for 'karma,' the idea that you experience what you have made others experience, the voice asked: 'Why should the Infinite have to experience what it has made itself experience?' The idea of karma was a Matrix manipulation to indoctrinate beliefs in the passage of 'time' -- it's my karma from a past life or I am building karma for the future -- and to maintain people in a state of guilt and self-loathing." [Emphasis original]
-- David Icke, Tales from the Time Loop, pp. 337-39
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Sorry, but the above is a complete and utter load of bollocks!


-- David Icke, Tales from the Time Loop, pp. 337-39
Thats very enlightened of you

another foul mouthed yob.

I have been studying and practising for a awful long time.

You know he speaks of chakras and the like which comes from Hinduism and Buddhism,maybe he wants to start his own religion,for folks like you to follow .

I do not need D icke or you to tell me about Buddhism,because he and you do not know anything about Buddhism,he reckons shaving heads is showing obedience.

Now that is a load of cods wallop

where do you people pop up from can you not speak for yourself.

Ignorance is bliss.

another good thread ruined with foul mouthed language and delusions,BTW I am not interested in any new age.

Especially coming from hobbledehogs like you.

7-Limbed Prayer

Respectfully I prostrate with body, speech and mind;
I present clouds of every type of offerings, actual and imagined;
I declare all the negative actions I have done since beginning less time,
and rejoice in the merit of all Aryas and ordinary beings.
Please teacher, remain until cyclic existence ends
and turn the wheel of Dharma for all sentient beings.
I dedicate the virtues of myself and others to the great Enlightenment.

"I am the owner of my karma .
I inherit my karma.
I am born of my karma.
I am related to my karma.
I live supported by my karma.
Whatever karma I create, whether good or evil, that I shall inherit."
The Buddha, Anguttara Nikaya V.57 - Upajjhatthana Sutta


Some of you do not even know why you are here and why you exist.

"Countless rebirths lie ahead, both good and bad. The effects of karma (actions) are inevitable, and in previous lifetimes we have accumulated negative karma which will inevitably have its fruition in this or future lives. Just as someone witnessed by police in a criminal act will eventually be caught and punished, so we too must face the consequences of faulty actions we have committed in the past, there is no way to be at ease; those actions are irreversible; we must eventually undergo their effects."

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

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I'm sure i'm not here because i swatted a mosquito.

all you're doing is repeating what has been taught.

don't take life, as well as spiritual eastern religions so serious. Anything is not serious enough to not laugh about.

Other than that, thank you for your informative ideas on chakras.
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I'm sure i'm not here because i swatted a mosquito.

all you're doing is repeating what has been taught.

don't take life, as well as spiritual eastern religions so serious. Anything is not serious enough to not laugh about.

Other than that, thank you for your informative ideas on chakras.
They are not informative ideas they are facts.

and you are repeating what has already been said also,a thousand times on here,

This forum is for others also,not just you .

BTW I will take what I want and give what I want.

Lectures are for the school.


Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

Thats the trouble most do not even know why they are here,and I aint finished yet by a long way.



Wisdom is lacking in these degenerate times.

I will do a post later about wisdom and its benefits,for the benefit of all.

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For the animal killers,

Animals in Buddhist doctrine

Animals have always been regarded in Buddhist thought as sentient beings, different in their intellectual ability than humans but no less capable of feeling suffering. Furthermore, animals possess Buddha nature (according to the Mahayana school) and therefore an equal potential to become enlightened. Moreover, the doctrine of rebirth held that any human could be reborn as an animal, and any animal could be reborn as a human. An animal might be a reborn dead relative, and if you looked far enough back in one's infinite series of lives, you would eventually perceive every animal to be related to you in some way. The Buddha expounded that sentient beings currently living in the animal realm have been our mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers, children, friends in past rebirths. One could not, therefore, make a hard distinction between moral rules applicable to animals and those applicable to humans; ultimately humans and animals were part of a single family. They are all interconnected.

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The Four Noble Truths

1. Life means suffering.

2. The origin of suffering is attachment.

3. The cessation of suffering is attainable.

4. The path to the cessation of suffering.


1. Life means suffering.

To live means to suffer, because the human nature is not perfect and neither is the world we live in. During our lifetime, we inevitably have to endure physical suffering such as pain, sickness, injury, tiredness, old age, and eventually death; and we have to endure psychological suffering like sadness, fear, frustration, disappointment, and depression. Although there are different degrees of suffering and there are also positive experiences in life that we perceive as the opposite of suffering, such as ease, comfort and happiness, life in its totality is imperfect and incomplete, because our world is subject to impermanence. This means we are never able to keep permanently what we strive for, and just as happy moments pass by, we ourselves and our loved ones will pass away one day, too.

2. The origin of suffering is attachment.

The origin of suffering is attachment to transient things and the ignorance thereof. Transient things do not only include the physical objects that surround us, but also ideas, and -in a greater sense- all objects of our perception. Ignorance is the lack of understanding of how our mind is attached to impermanent things. The reasons for suffering are desire, passion, ardour, pursuit of wealth and prestige, striving for fame and popularity, or in short: craving and clinging. Because the objects of our attachment are transient, their loss is inevitable, thus suffering will necessarily follow. Objects of attachment also include the idea of a "self" which is a delusion, because there is no abiding self. What we call "self" is just an imagined entity, and we are merely a part of the ceaseless becoming of the universe.

3. The cessation of suffering is attainable.

The cessation of suffering can be attained through nirodha. Nirodha means the unmaking of sensual craving and conceptual attachment. The third noble truth expresses the idea that suffering can be ended by attaining dispassion. Nirodha extinguishes all forms of clinging and attachment. This means that suffering can be overcome through human activity, simply by removing the cause of suffering. Attaining and perfecting dispassion is a process of many levels that ultimately results in the state of Nirvana. Nirvana means freedom from all worries, troubles, complexes, fabrications and ideas. Nirvana is not comprehensible for those who have not attained it.

4. The path to the cessation of suffering.

There is a path to the end of suffering - a gradual path of self-improvement, which is described more detailed in the Eightfold Path. It is the middle way between the two extremes of excessive self-indulgence (hedonism) and excessive self-mortification (asceticism); and it leads to the end of the cycle of rebirth. The latter quality discerns it from other paths which are merely "wandering on the wheel of becoming", because these do not have a final object. The path to the end of suffering can extend over many lifetimes, throughout which every individual rebirth is subject to karmic conditioning. Craving, ignorance, delusions, and its effects will disappear gradually, as progress is made on the path.
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