In Sanity We Trust

Ken's Weekly Dharma Quote

Dharma Quote for Week Ending Sept. 29, 2007

Having committed yourself to certain practices, be steadfast and never transgress the promises you have made. Let go of everything that could tempt you to do so and devote yourself entirely and single-mindedly to the accomplishment of your aims. For six years the Buddha did not waver from his practice of the meditative stabilization known as "Pervading Space." This meditation focuses on the fundamental nature of phenomena, which is present wherever there is space. Everywhere throughout space there are suffering living beings on whom this meditation also focuses with the compassionate wish to relieve their suffering and the loving wish to give them happiness. Thus it combines essential wisdom and skillful means.

--from The Three Principal Aspects of the Path: An Oral Teaching by Geshe Sonam Rinchen, translated and edited by Ruth Sonam, published by Snow Lion Publications

A Quote from His Holiness The XIVth Dalai Lama

One time when I was giving an exposition on Nagarjuna's "Fundamentals of the Middle Way," which deals explicitly with the topic of emptiness, one student who did not have a prior background of learning in great treatises made a comment to another colleague. He said: 'Today's teaching was a little strange. His Holiness began with the presentation of the Buddha's path and built up the edifice one layer at a time. Then, all of a sudden, he started talking about emptiness and the absence of inherent existence, so that this whole edifice he had spent much time building was completely dismantled.' He couldn't really see the point. There is that danger. However, if we understand the importance of the need to generate wisdom into emptiness as a means of bringing about the cessation of the afflictions, particularly fundamental ignorance, then we recognise the value of deepening our realisation of emptiness. Also, as Dharmakirti points out, emotions such as loving kindness and compassion cannot directly challenge fundamental ignorance. It is only by cultivating insight into no-self that we can directly overcome our fundamental ignorance.

--from Lighting the Way by the Dalai Lama, translated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, published by Snow Lion Publications

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Dalai Lama in New York City, October 12-14, 2007 At Radio City Music Hall
October 12-13: Teaching: Lord Buddha's "Diamond Cutter Sutra" and Nagarjuna's "Seventy Verses on Emptiness"
October 14: Public Talk
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