In this teaching, the Buddha instructed his young son, Rahula, with the seeds of some of his most important teachings.
Before you do anything, he told Rahula, ask yourself: Is what I intend to do here skillful or unskillful? Will it lead to well-being or harm? If it looks harmful, don’t do it. If it looks okay, go ahead and give it a try. While doing it, ask the same questions. If it turns out that it’s causing harm, stop. If not, continue with it. Then after you’ve done it, ask the same questions—Did it bring about well-being or harm?
Summary: Be aware of what we think, say and do. Reflect before, during and after. Through repeated reflection, we purify our thoughts, speech and actions.
May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be safe.
May all beings awaken to the light of their true nature.
May all beings be free.
Prayer of Loving Kindness
May I be at peace.
May my heart remain open.
May I awaken to the light of your own true nature.
May I be healed.
May I be a source of healing for all beings.
May you be at peace.
May your heart remain open.
May you awaken to the light of your own true nature.
May you be healed.
May you be a source of healing for all beings.
May we be at peace.
May our hearts remain open.
May we awaken to the light of your own true nature.
May we be healed.
May we be a source of healing for all beings.
10 MUST KNOW
1 One must know that nature of external and internal phenomena are nothing but illusion.
2 One must know that by understanding the egoless nature of one’s mind through intellectual examination, it is possible to recognize the empty nature of the world too; but true nature of emptiness is realized only through meditation.
3 One must know that whatever arises between mind and phenomena is insubstantial, and interactions are never fixed or permanent.
4 Knowing that body is the composed of the five elements which at death, returns to their original state.
5 One must know that undeniable truth of the law of Karma is the cause of our suffering.
6 One must know that nature of Samsara is suffering. This helps ones to develop and attitude of renunciation of Samsara.
7 One must know that the desire to be attached to temporary pleasures is the root of suffering.
8 One must know that working for fame and popularity should be understood as obstacles in the practice of the Dharma.
9 One must know that whoever appears as one’s enemies must be understood as one’s friends. Because, it gives one the opportunity to practice the patience and compassion. By doing so, one is not giving the reaction of aggression to aggression.
10 One should understand the equality of of all beings because all beings posses Tathagata, the enlightened potential.
These are the ten Dharmas to help us from liberating from Samsara.
H.E. GOSHIR GYALTSAB RINPOCHE
To help others you must first perfect yourself, and to perfect yourself you first have to cut these three ties: obeying important people, getting entangled in futile attempts to help others, and listening to what people say. Trying to gratify important people only leads to emotional upheavals.
Trying to help people with the things of this life only fuels the fires of saṃsāra. At best, whatever satisfaction you may bring about in these ways will only be temporary; it won’t help anyone at the moment of death. These, in fact, are mistaken notions of compassion.
~ H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones – Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachment and aversion. Practise good-heartedness towards all beings. Be loving and compassionate, no matter what others do to you. What they do will not matter so much when you see it as a dream. The trick is to have a positive intention during the dream. This is the essential point.
~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
“When a man knows his true self for the first time, something else arises from the depths of his being and takes possession of him. That something is behind the mind: it is infinite, divine, and eternal. You may give it what name you wish. What exists in truth is the self alone. The world, the individual soul and God are all appearances in it. Like silver in Mother of Pearl, these three appear at the same time and disappear at the same time.”
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
When you suffer, if you take that not just as your own suffering but rather as the nature of samsara, then you are understanding the most important point of Buddha’s teachings.
GOSHIR GYALTSAB RINPOCHE
“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.”
If you amass a multitude of profound texts, such as scriptures, commentaries and oral instructions, and you don’t practice them, they will be of no benefit at the time of death.
‘To watch your mind’ is my heart advice.