March 22nd-23rd, 2014
The Root Text
ATISHA'S ROOT VERSES ON TRAINING THE MIND
Lord Atisha said:
The supreme learning is to realise the meaning of selflessness [absence of self]
The supreme spiritual discipline is to tame one's own mind.
The supreme good quality is great altruism.
The supreme oral instruction is to observe the mind at all times.
The supreme remedy is to know that nothing has any self-nature.
The supreme conduct is to be in disharmony with the world.
The supreme accomplishment is the continuous decrease of disturbing emotions.
The supreme sign of accomplishment is the continuous decrease of wishes and wants.
The supreme spiritual teacher is the one who exposes our hidden flaws.
The supreme instruction is the one that strikes those hidden flaws.
The supreme companions are mindfulness and alertness.
The supreme inspiration is enemies and hindrances, disease and suffering.
The supreme method is to be natural.
The supreme way of benefiting is to help others enter the Dharma.
The supreme benefit is a mind that turns towards the Dharma.
Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna (Bengali: অতীশ দীপঙ্কর শ্রীজ্ঞান Ôtish Dipôngkor Srigên, IAST:Dīpaṃkara- śrījñāna Atiśa; Chinese: 燃燈吉祥智; pinyin: Rándēng Jíxiángzhì) (980–1054 CE) was a Buddhist teacher from the Pala Empire in Bengal. He was one of the major figures in the spread of 11th-century Mahayana Buddhism in Asia and inspired Buddhist thought from Tibet to Sumatra. Revered as one of the great figures of classical Buddhism, Atisa was a key figure in the establishment of the Sarma schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is a renowned Buddhist teacher, popular worldwide for her warm, clear and down-to-earth presentation of the Dharma and its application in daily life. The inspiring story of her life, including 12 years of secluded retreat in a Himalayan cave, is the subject of a well-known biography, "Cave in the Snow". Jetsunma is the founder and abbess of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery near Tashijong, H.P