Let us consider for a moment where we are exactly in our practice. After an investigation like this, some people may delight in discovering they have perfect bodhicitta; some may regret they have not started to practice bodhicitta; some may know with certainty they are in the process of cultivating bodhicitta. Regardless, we should all work towards this goal. Those of you who are not practicing should start right away; those who, like me, have not yet aroused bodhicitta should exert greater effort; those who already have bodhicitta can start the practice of emptiness.
~ Depicted from THE FOUR SEALS OF DHARMA : Preparing for the Preliminaries
Many people think that the way to go about accumulating merit is by chanting mantras or reciting prayers. Others regard the construction of stupas, shrines and statues as extremely important priorities. Even worse than this, a number of people these days are using the building of stupas, shrines, and statues as opportunities to make money. Even in Tibet there are many lamas who are giving empowerments, selling statues, and holding Dharma assemblies as money-making ventures. In terms of the Tibetan community inside Tibet, everyone has very strong faith but they do not understand the reasons for their faith; their faith is not underpinned by logic.
Depicted from "Buddhism in the 21st Century - Part 36" June, Sydney, Australia
After a person has killed a being or stolen things, the karmic seed of such actions will remain in this person’s alaya consciousness. When it will germinate is uncertain, however. The scriptures often use the analogy of harvesting crops to illustrate the timing of karmic effect. There are a great variety of grains and vegetables and the length of time for them to ripen varies. Some may ripen in only one to two months, others five or six months, or even longer. The types of seeds, the geographical location and the climate are all contributing factors to this disparity.
Likewise, it is stated in the scriptures that the ripening of the cause comes in four types. The first is the one that ripens in the same lifetime. For example, karma was committed in one’s youth and the effect takes place in middle or old age. Sometimes karma ripens even sooner, and the effect can be seen immediately. This is because certain conditions can expedite the manifestation of the fruit. Such fast ripening has something to do with the object and the motivation of the action.
~ Depicted from THE RIGHT VIEW : On Cause and Effect
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