Dharma

A Quote by John Daido Loori Roshi on dharma, empowerment, spiritual authority, and zen

"Authority means influence and power.  So where does spiritual authority come from?  Can a teacher give spiritual authority to their successors?  Not on your life.  You can spiritually empower a successor, but you can't give them spiritual authority.  There is only one person who can grant spiritual authority to the teacher, new or old, and that is the student.  Most students, when they begin to study with a teacher, don't realize that they're granting spiritual authority.  But it is critically important to know when you are extending such authority.  Otherwise you can unknowingly get seduced into giving away your power.  Real teachers won't accept your power.  This Dharma is about your empowerment, not about giving your power away.  In Zen, we have teachers who can point the way.  They don't tell you how to live your life.  That choice only you can make."

John Roshi

Source: A Rare And Precious Thing

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A Quote by John Daido Loori on dharma, experience, explanation, listening, awakening, and enlightenment

In transmitting the dharma, there is neither explanation nor teaching; there is neighter hearing nor attainment. Since explanations never really explains, nor are they able to teach, why talk about it? Since listening isn't really hearing or attaining anything, then why listen? But say, since it cannot be explained or heard, how can you enter the Way?

But down the bagagge, take of the blinders, and see for yourself that this very place is the valley of the endless spring, this very body is the body of the universe. At such a time, who is it who can accompany this?

John Daido Loori

Source: The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans, Pages: 8

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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on expedient devices, unexcelled path, slight wisdom, signs, dharma, and bodhisattvas

Be it known that
Men of dull faculties and slight wisdom,
They who cling proudly to signs,
Cannot believe in this Dharma.  
Now I, joyfully and fearlessly,
In the midst of the bodhisattvas
Frankly casting aside my expedient devices,
Merely preach the Unexcelled Path. 

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Scripture of the lotus blossom of the fine dharma‎ - Page 45 by Leon Hurvitz, Kumārajīva

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A Quote by Simhananda on dharma

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The Dharma must never be to our Spirit, a burden, nor a suffering, nor a sacrifice.

Simhananda

Source: Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Khadromas and the Way of the Pilgrim: A Transformative Book of Photography and Pithy Sayings

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A Quote by Simhananda on dharma

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Desire less, dream less, declare less, and do more for man... with the Divine devouring every deed. 

Simhananda

Source: Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Khadromas and the Way of the Pilgrim: A Transformative Book of Photography and Pithy Sayings

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A Quote by unknown on authenticity, teachers, dharma, vajrayana, karma, and quality

The extraordinary qualities of great beings who hide their nature escapes ordinary people like us, despite our best efforts in examining them. On the other hand, even ordinary charlatans are expert at deceiving others by behaving like saints.
-Patrul Rinpoche

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Source: Losing the Clouds, Gaining the Sky: Buddhism and the Natural Mind, Pages: 47

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A Quote by Geshe Sonam Rinchen on samsara, attachment, craving, desire, ignorance, suffering, and dharma

Samsaric pleasures are like salt water, the more we indulge, the more we crave

Geshe Sonam Rinchen

Source: Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas

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A Quote by Chogyam Trungpa on chogyam trungpa, vajrayana, dharma, buddhism, life, death, nature, psychology, and ego

"The charnel ground is that great graveyard in which the complexities of samsara and nirvana lie buried."

Chogyam Trungpa

Source: Chogyam Trungpa

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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on reality, spiderweb, bird of reality, existance, emptiness, middle way, and dharma

The four catagories of existance, non-existance, both existance and non-existance, and neither existance nor non-existance, are spiderwebs among spiderwebs which can never take hold of the enormous bird of reality

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: The life story of Shakyamuni Buddha

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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on dharma, buddhas death, buddha, emptiness, teachings, and truth

After 48 years, I have said nothing.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: The life story of Shakyamuni Buddha

Contributed by: Adam

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