To overcome greed one has to have a sense of renunciation. With a sense of renunciation, one can get rid of or control one's greed and desire. In order to overcome selfishness, one must have bodhicitta. With bodhicitta, one can reduce or eliminate selfishness. And, to overcome attachment, one has to realize and attain emptiness. Once the realization of emptiness is attained, all the issues including greed, selfishness and attachment will eventually be resolved. Therefore, it is most crucial to realize and attain emptiness.
After Buddha Sakyamuni entered parinirvana, his disciples proceeded to explain, in accordance with their own understanding and realization, the teachings which the Buddha expounded. The Dharma teachings which are the actual words of the Buddha are called sutras; the commentaries of the disciples are called sastras. In the Chinese edition of the Tripitaka, collections of both the sutras and the sastras can be found.
There is an extensive compilation of sutras and sastras in Buddhist literature. Many of the Tibetan monasteries and Buddhist institutes of advanced studies have included five types of sastras in their required curriculum. They are called the five major categories of sastras.
~ Depicted from ARE U READY FOR HAPPINESS : The Significance of Buddhist Philosophy Today
When Atisha was getting ready to go to Tibet, he knew he would be held in high regard there and no one would dare to offend him. In order to practice patience, he intentionally brought along an attendant with a quick temper. Even an accomplished master like Atisha would look for ways to practice patience, how can we harbor anger toward the object that affords us such an opportunity? We really ought to be grateful.
~ Depicted from "THE HANDBOOK FOR LIFE"S JOURNEY : On The Three Poisons - How to Confront Anger
This is intended as a brief discussion of the nature, distinctions, ramifications and questions regarding causality.What is cause and effect? For example, if a person commits theft, in terms of the person’s body, speech, or mind, which one is the cause? The word “karma,”......