By Edward Conze, Anonymous, Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
Whereas Buddhism has no valuable textual content akin to the Bible or Koran, there's a robust physique of scripture from throughout Asia that encompasses the dharma, or the lessons of the Buddha. during this wealthy anthology, eminent pupil Donald S. Lopez, Jr., brings jointly works from a wide historic and geographical variety, and from such languages as Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, chinese language, and jap. There are stories of the Buddha's previous lives, a dialogue of characteristics and skills for a monk, and an exploration of the numerous meanings of enlightenment. jointly they supply a shiny photo of the Buddha and of the great and profound nature of the Buddhist culture.
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So depending on whether your degree of interest is superior, middling or inferior you will become a superior, middling or inferior practitioner. And if you are not at all interested in the Dharma, there will be no results at all. As the proverb puts it: The Dharma is nobody's property. It belongs to whoever has the most endeavour. The Buddha himself obtained the teachings at the price of hundreds of hardships. To obtain a single four-line verse, he gouged holes in his own flesh to serve as offering lamps, filling them with oil and planting in them thousands of burning wicks.
Each practice is also a complete path in itself, in which-for those who have the wisdom to see it-all the others are included. Even the preliminaries, and indeed the individual elements of the preliminaries, can, in themselves, constitute a complete path to enlightenment. In particular, the Guru Yoga is the essence of all paths. The teachers of the lineage often say that all practices should be done in the manner of Guru Yoga. Total openness and devotion to a realized teacher is the most sure and rapid way to progress.
Brief explanations that we felt might be helpful to many readers appear as footnotes. There are also a large number of endnotes, not all of which will be of interest to the general reader. However we felt it important to include them, since they contain fascinating comments from the notes of Patrul Rinpoche's disciples, and interpretations of the more difficult points given by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and other teachers. They will help the reader to avoid some common misunderstandings about Buddhist ideas; and for the Buddhist practitioner with some previous knowledge of the subject, these comments give a revealing extra dimension to the book.
Buddhist Scriptures by Edward Conze, Anonymous, Donald S. Lopez, Jr.