Buddhist Sūtras & Main Texts

7 Limb Prayer | Śāntideva

The Seven Limb Prayer by Śāntideva, an 8th-century Indian Buddhist monk and scholar at Nālanda. I take safe direction, till my purified state, from the Buddhas, the Dharma, and the Highest Assembly. By the positive force of my giving and so on, may I actualize Buddhahood to help those who wander! Buddhas of all directions: please shine Dharma's lamp for limited beings suffering and groping...

8 Verses of Mind Training | Langri Tangpa

Eight Verses of Mind Training by Langri Tangpa (1054–1123). Whatever I am doing, may I check the flow of my mind, and the moment that conceptions or disturbing emotions arise, since they debilitate myself and others, may I confront and avert them with forceful means. When others, out of envy, treat me unfairly, may I accept the loss upon myself and offer the victory to others.

7 Point Mind Training | Geshe Chekawa

Seven Point Mind Training By Geshe Chekawa (1101–1175) (Edition Annotated by Thogme Zangpo). Point 1: The Preliminaries. Point 2: The Actual Training in Bodhichitta. Point 3: Transforming Adverse Circumstances into a Path to Enlightenment. Point 4: Condensation of the Practice in One Lifetime. Point 5: The Measure of Having Trained Our Minds. Point 6: 18 Close-Bonding Practices. Point 7: 22 Points to Train In. Concluding Verses

Root Text for Mahāmudrā | 4th Panchen Lama

Root Text for Mahāmudrā by Fourth Panchen Lama (Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen (1570–1662)). Here I shall give relevant instruction on Mahāmudrā and discuss the methods that lead you to know the mind, face to face, in keeping with the exposition of the lineage masters. From cultivating such (methods as these, you realize that,) the Essential Nature of the totally absorbed mind is a lucidity and clarity,...

Mahāmudrā Prayer | 3rd Karmapa

The Mahāmudrā Prayer by The Third Karmapa. Gurus, yidams and maṇḍala figures, Triumphant Ones in the 10 directions and 3 times, with your spiritual offspring, please regard me with affection. Inspire me that my prayers come true just as I've made them. The self-nature of wandering beings is always that of a Buddha. Yet, by the power of not realizing this, they endlessly roam in...

37 Bodhisattva Practices

37 Bodhisattva Practices by Thogme Zangpo. This traditional Buddhist text, composed by Thogme Zangpo, contains essential and practical instructions for the development of compassion and its application in to daily life, how to turn the difficulties into training for spiritual growth. The basis for the text is the practice of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. I pay heartfelt homage to you, Lokeśvara; you have true...

Bodhisattva’s Garland of Gems | Atisha

A Bodhisattva’s Garland of Gems by Atiśa. Let me dedicate to great peerless Enlightenment as many constructive acts as I've amassed throughout the 3 times, and extend out to limited beings my positive force. The gem of belief in fact, the gem of ethical self-discipline, the gem of generosity, the gem of listening, the gems of care and the gem of discriminating awareness make 7...

Advice from Atiśa’s Heart

When Venerable Atiśa came to Tibet he first went to Ngari, where he remained for 3 years. After 3 years had passed he decided to return to India, and Changchub Ö requested him to give one last teaching before he left. Atiśa replied that he had already given them all the advice they needed, but Changchub Ö persisted in his request and so Atiśa accepted...

Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment | Atisha

Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment by Atiśa. I, the Elder Śrī Dīpaṁkara, having seen (everything to be) as is explained from the Dharma teachings of the Sūtras and so on, and having been requested by Changchub Ö, have composed this abbreviation of the explanation of the path to Enlightenment. This concludes A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment composed by the Great Master Dīpaṁkara...

Milarepa | Songs of Milarepa

Outside the land of Tibet where the stories and songs of Milarepa (c. 1052 – c. 1135 CE) are very well-known and loved, far too little is known of this great Buddhist sage. The 60 songs of Milarepa, published here all concern that Dhamma which is common to the whole Buddhist tradition. Everyone who has read some of Lord Buddha's Discourses in the Pali Canon...

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