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Buddhadharma : Fall 2014
82 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY FALL 2014 breath dispels discursive thoughts and focuses our atten- tion. A settled mind can distinguish important issues that need consideration from nonsensical, doubting thoughts. Next, we must study the Buddha’s teachings and train our minds in reasoning so we are able to think clearly. In this way, we investigate the teachings, draw out their deeper mean- ings, and reach correct conclusions. For this reason, Tibetan monastics spend years debating and discussing the scriptures. Although we may not engage in formal debate, discussing topics with dharma friends fulfills the same purpose. We can clarify what we believe and practice accordingly. THESE ARE THE EIGHT dangers from which Tara pro- tects us. In addition to meditating and applying the antidotes described above, we can visualize Tara in front of us. The green light radiating from her flows into us, filling our body/ mind, purifying and eliminating the disturbing emotions and the destructive karma we have created under their influence. Tara’s blissful green light fills the universe and all the beings within it, liberating them from the eight dangers and enhanc- ing their love, compassion, and wisdom. Through these praises and requests to you, Quell conditions unfavorable for dharma practice And let us have long life, merit, glory, plenty, And other conducive conditions as we wish! By meditating on Tara and applying the antidotes to the eight dangers in order to benefit all beings, we create tremen- dous merit. Directing how we want it to ripen, we then dedi- cate it: first, for all sentient beings to be free from conditions hindering dharma practice, such as poor health, poverty, and cynicism; and second, to meet all conditions conducive for actualizing the path to awakening, such as long life, requisites for life, the guidance of kind and wise spiritual mentors, and suitable circumstances for study and practice. Although the above verses are phrased in the manner of supplicating Tara to protect us from the various dangers, we must remember that Tara is not an inherently existent external deity. Like all persons and phenomena, she exists depend- ently and is empty of inherent existence. Although all beings who have become Tara are free from limitations from their side to help others, they are not omnipotent. They can teach, guide, and inspire us only to the extent that we are receptive. Reciting and contemplating these verses opens our minds and hearts to practice their meaning. 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Kazi ̈ ̈ ̈ THE ORAL INSTRUCTION OF KUN-ZANG LA-MA ON THE PRELIMINARY PRACTICES OF DZOG-CH ’EN LONG -CH ’EN NYING -TIG PART ONE As transcribed by Pal-trul O-gyen Jig-me Ch’o-kyi Wang-po Rin-po-ch’e NGA-GYUR NYING -MAY SUNG -RAB ENGLISH TRANSLATION SERIES VOLUME IV Translated from the Tibetan and edited by Sonam T. Kazi ̈ ̈ ̈ ➤