Gyalwang Karmapa

Quotes from Gyalwang Karmapa.
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We bear an enormous responsibility ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/66ku9  The amount of work that needs to be undertaken is great, and we bear an enormous responsibility. The future of the world depends on this. We cannot wait for others to act. Who is the hero who can save the world? It is you. It is everyone of us. If you accept this challenge, that would be truly heroic. You would be an altruistic hero.  – 17th Karmapa  from the book "The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the…

We bear an enormous responsibility ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/66ku9 The amount of work that needs to be undertaken is great, and we bear an enormous responsibility. The future of the world depends on this. We cannot wait for others to act. Who is the hero who can save the world? It is you. It is everyone of us. If you accept this challenge, that would be truly heroic. You would be an altruistic hero. – 17th Karmapa from the book "The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the…

Importance of Calm Abiding ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/kllj2  We cannot immediately grasp the more advanced practices, such as the Great Seal (mahamudra) or the Great Completion (mahasandhi), both of which lead to the result of primordial wisdom. For all of these higher-level practices, we need a steady basis, which is none other than the correct practice of calm abiding. If the untamed mind is filled with concepts and afflictions, these higher practices are not possible. In the…

Importance of Calm Abiding ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/kllj2 We cannot immediately grasp the more advanced practices, such as the Great Seal (mahamudra) or the Great Completion (mahasandhi), both of which lead to the result of primordial wisdom. For all of these higher-level practices, we need a steady basis, which is none other than the correct practice of calm abiding. If the untamed mind is filled with concepts and afflictions, these higher practices are not possible. In the…

Avoiding criticism ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/sz16k  We should not say bad things about anyone, whether or not they are bodhisattvas. It is not the same thing, however, if we know that pointing out someone’s mistakes will help them to change. Generally speaking, since it is not easy to change another person, we should avoid criticism. Other people do not like to hear it and, further, laying out their faults will create problems and troubles for us. We who are supposed to be…

Avoiding criticism ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/sz16k We should not say bad things about anyone, whether or not they are bodhisattvas. It is not the same thing, however, if we know that pointing out someone’s mistakes will help them to change. Generally speaking, since it is not easy to change another person, we should avoid criticism. Other people do not like to hear it and, further, laying out their faults will create problems and troubles for us. We who are supposed to be…

Expanding our compassion ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/29ad4  If we allow our compassion to remain only inside of ourselves, our compassion will become powerless, without a function. It would become like a vase that despite having the ability to carry water had been placed high upon a shelf and never used.     To expand our compassion we can apply our imagination to everyday's situations. Sometimes when the wind blows I imagine that my compassion mixes with the wind and is carried…

Expanding our compassion ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/29ad4 If we allow our compassion to remain only inside of ourselves, our compassion will become powerless, without a function. It would become like a vase that despite having the ability to carry water had been placed high upon a shelf and never used. To expand our compassion we can apply our imagination to everyday's situations. Sometimes when the wind blows I imagine that my compassion mixes with the wind and is carried…

True peace ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/7bwgw  True peace cannot be achieved by force or by merely invoking the word "peace." It can only be attained by training the mind and learning to cultivate inner peace. Peace is a calm and gentle state of mind.  – 17th Karmapa  from the book "The Future Is Now: Timely Advice for Creating a Better World" ISBN: 978-1401923006…

True peace ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/7bwgw True peace cannot be achieved by force or by merely invoking the word "peace." It can only be attained by training the mind and learning to cultivate inner peace. Peace is a calm and gentle state of mind. – 17th Karmapa from the book "The Future Is Now: Timely Advice for Creating a Better World" ISBN: 978-1401923006…

How do I do that? ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/n80pr  In essence all of us want to be good people and accomplish the benefit of others. But the trick is to ask ourselves the question, "How do I do that?"  – 17th Karmapa  source: https://www.facebook.com/karmapa

How do I do that? ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/n80pr In essence all of us want to be good people and accomplish the benefit of others. But the trick is to ask ourselves the question, "How do I do that?" – 17th Karmapa source: https://www.facebook.com/karmapa

Buddhist Logic ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/opj5d  Generally speaking, there are many aspects to Buddhist logic, but the following is the main point; the continuation of material things and the continuation of consciousness are something separate.    Because the continuation of consciousness is understood through the experience and awareness that there is clarity in our mind, it is not something you can actually see, or experiment with from the outside. Because in this century…

Buddhist Logic ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/opj5d Generally speaking, there are many aspects to Buddhist logic, but the following is the main point; the continuation of material things and the continuation of consciousness are something separate. Because the continuation of consciousness is understood through the experience and awareness that there is clarity in our mind, it is not something you can actually see, or experiment with from the outside. Because in this century…

Being good, no matter what ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/3vipk  There is no way to be a good person without making any efforts, doing nothing. But if we bring to bear the sort of confidence and sincere determination that says, "I don’t care what happens; no matter what, I will be a good person in the world; it is not alright for everyone in the world to be deceitful, with bad intentions and behaving badly, so I myself will be a good person," in that case, I think at that point we…

Being good, no matter what ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/3vipk There is no way to be a good person without making any efforts, doing nothing. But if we bring to bear the sort of confidence and sincere determination that says, "I don’t care what happens; no matter what, I will be a good person in the world; it is not alright for everyone in the world to be deceitful, with bad intentions and behaving badly, so I myself will be a good person," in that case, I think at that point we…

The most dangerous thing in the world ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/fxnk5  A lack of love can cause people to have no help when they need help, no friends when they need a friend. So, in a sense, the most dangerous thing in the world is apathy. We think of weapons, violence, warfare, disease as terrible dangers, and indeed they are, but we can take measures to avoid them. But once our apathy takes hold of us, we can no longer avoid it.  – 17th Karmapa  source…

‘The most dangerous thing in the world is apathy’

The most dangerous thing in the world ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/fxnk5 A lack of love can cause people to have no help when they need help, no friends when they need a friend. So, in a sense, the most dangerous thing in the world is apathy. We think of weapons, violence, warfare, disease as terrible dangers, and indeed they are, but we can take measures to avoid them. But once our apathy takes hold of us, we can no longer avoid it. – 17th Karmapa source…

Joyful discipline  ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/sj2ip  Done right, discipline is taken on joyfully and with a clear understanding of why engaging in it is good. For example, many people nowadays have given up eating meat. Why would we do that? We should not become vegetarian just because someone says we should, or because the Buddha taught that we should not eat meat, or because it is the custom where we live, or because giving up meat would give us a good reputation. If we give up…

Joyful discipline ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/sj2ip Done right, discipline is taken on joyfully and with a clear understanding of why engaging in it is good. For example, many people nowadays have given up eating meat. Why would we do that? We should not become vegetarian just because someone says we should, or because the Buddha taught that we should not eat meat, or because it is the custom where we live, or because giving up meat would give us a good reputation. If we give up…

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