Golden Sun of Mahayana

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Golden Sun of Mahayana

Post by Nicholas » Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:18 pm

First given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1972 and revised often. It is a rich, detailed outline of basic steps on Mahayana path rooted in the lineage of Je Tsongkhapa.

https://www.lamayeshe.com/sites/default ... sun_c5.pdf
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Re: Golden Sun of Mahayana

Post by Nicholas » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:04 am

The first section is titled "The Mind is Beginningless" and Lama Zopa Rinpoche starts like this:
If the mind had its beginning with the birth of the being then there would be no purpose to life nor any reason for the mind to exist. If then there were no reason for birth or rebirth and death, then there would be no continuity of lives nor existence of different beings, and there would certainly be no reason for seeking the Truth (inner method), nor for eagerly running after external possessions.

If there were no continuity of mind there would be no logical reason for the suffering of life to exist in spite of all human attempts to find happiness in, for example, material comfort and scientific progress. However, the present world is becoming more unsatisfactory, aggressive and unsubdued.

No worldly educated physicians have been able to preserve life indefinitely for themselves or others, nor have they been able to over- come undesirable physical decay; this situation proves that external conditions are not the principal cause of suffering and happiness. Neither do the same external material enjoyments always give the same pleasure to all living beings. As this shows, the principal cause of suffering is to be found nowhere but within the person’s mind.

In the same way, the sperm and the egg of the parents are not the principal cause of the mind but only the cooperative cause. The principal cause of a baby’s mind exists before the relationship of its parents; therefore, the principal cause of most present suffering and happiness was created in the continuity of past lives.
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