Modes of Being

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Modes of Being

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These are pearls of ethical advice from a Tibetan Bodhisattva Ju Mipham whose body died in 1912. The translation was done by some Dzogchen followers, so that is why I put it in this section. But the advice is excellent for any Buddhist or with a little interpretation for anyone.

http://aribhod.org/wp-content/uploads/2 ... 021115.pdf
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A couple of fine verses from this teaching:
Striving to benefit others,
Is the cause of an abundance of perfections in oneself.
Glory and great fortune
Are born from this, and it is this that summons them forth.

Someone who holds dearly to their own self concern,
Even if at first they are in the role of a leader,
They will continue to fall into lower and lower states,
Like a waterfall crashing down a steep cliff.
May all seek, find and follow the Path of Buddhas.
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How it begins:
The Treatise on the Modes of Being: “The Jewel that Gathers Forth Divinities and Glory”1

Just by calling Him to mind, the door to the treasure trove
Of the intellect that knows the two modes of being
Is opened. May the wisdom treasury of the Jinas,
The Heroic Manjushri, protect you!

In this world, the two things that are valued
Are the divine states (Divinities) and [worldly] Glory.
Since you want to invoke these into your own mind-stream
Like a magnet draws metal,
You should read these words of profound advice
And reflect upon their meaning.
By reflecting, you will gain conviction in them,
And with that, you should act in accordance with their meaning.
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1 According to Khenpo Thrinley Dorje, “glory,” as it is to be understood in this text, has four qualities, known as “the four ideals.” Thus one endowed with “glory” is endowed with, the Dharma, wealth, the fulfillment of desires, and liberation. There is a cause and effect relationship between the first and the fourth and the second and the third. Thus, Dharma is the vehicle and liberation is the destination; wealth is the vehicle and the fulfillment of desires is the destination. At the same time in this title “divinities” specifically refers to the transcendent aspects of these four ideals, Dharma and liberation, and “glory” refers to the worldly/mundane aspects of the four ideals, wealth and the fulfillment of desires (com- mentated by Ven. Professor Nyichang Rinpoche). Thus glory alone can refer to these four ideals in both transcendent and mundane aspects, or it can be understood in the manner described above by the Ven. Professor Nyichang Rinpoche.
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