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Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna comes across a woman alternately crying and laughing. Confused with her behaviour…
July 2nd, 2013
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Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna comes across a woman alternately crying and laughing. Confused with her behaviour, he inquires about her condition, and she responds:

"One's own mind has been a Buddha from beginning less time. By not knowing this, great complications follow from such a small base of error for hundreds of thousands of sentient beings…. Not being able to bear the suffering for so many beings, I cry. And then, I laugh because when this small basis of error is known —when one knows one's own mind— one is freed."


Atiśa is the author of the 68-verses "Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment"http://www.kagyumonlam.org/Download/TEXT/Lamp%20For%20the%20Path%20to%20Enlightenment/English%20Root%20Text%20BodhipathapradIpa.pdf

The "Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment" was adopted by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, but especially the Kadampa (founded by Atiśa's disciples) and Gelugpa schools. It constituted the foundation of the #lamrim  (or "Graded path") tradition, cf.
« The "three types of persons" in Tibetan Buddhism » gplus.wallez.name/7c84JanktA2
« Karma is presented differently to the three types of persons. » gplus.wallez.name/hgFfP8nWnhL

The commentary by the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, on "Illuminating the path to Enlightenment" is available at
http://www.fodian.net/english/itp.pdf

The videos of 4 days of teachings in 2012 by the 14th Dalai Lama on this text are available at
http://dalailama.com/webcasts/post/255-lamp-for-the-path-to-enlightenment


#tibetan   #Buddhism   #Dharma  
For additional info, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atisa
Image: portrait of Atiśa