The original Precepts are engraved on thin oblong squares; copies very often on discs. These discs, or plates, are generally preserved on the altars of the temples attached to centres where the so-called “contemplative” or Mahâyâna (Yogâchâra) schools are established. They are written variously, sometimes in Tibetan but mostly in ideographs. The…[Read more]
Yet its maxims and ideas, however noble and original, are often found under different forms in Sanskrit works, such as the Jñâneśvari, that superb mystic treatise in which Krishna describes to Arjuna in glowing colours the condition of a fully illumined Yogi; and again in certain Upanishads. This is but natural, since most, if not all, of the gr…[Read more]
The work from which I here translate forms part of the same series as that from which the “Stanzas” of the Book of Dzyan were taken, on which the Secret Doctrine is based. Together with the great mystic work called Paramârtha, which, the legend of Nâgârjuna tells us, was delivered to the great Arhat by the Nâgas or “Serpents” (in truth a name giv…[Read more]
It is well known that, in India, the methods of psychic development differ with the Gurus (teachers or masters), not only because of their belonging to different schools of philosophy, of which there are six, but because every Guru has his own system, which he generally keeps very secret. But beyond the Himalayas the method in the Esoteric Schools…[Read more]
The following pages are derived from “The Book of the Golden Precepts,” one of the works put into the hands of mystic students in the East. The knowledge of them is obligatory in that school, the teachings of which are accepted by many Theosophists. Therefore, as I know many of these Precepts by heart, the work of translating has been…[Read more]
Anymous. “About the Bon: Bon Culture”. Bonfuturefund.org. Archived from the original on 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
Anonymous. The Practice of Mettā Bhāvanā in Vipassana Meditation. Vipassana Research Institute. Vol.2 No.2 April, 199
Beal, Samuel transl. A Catena of Buddhist Scriptures from the Chinese. 1871.
Beer, Robert. Th…[Read more]
Eastern and ancient texts
Anguttara Nikaya. The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Complete Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya. Bodhi, Bhikkhu, transl. Wisdom Publications. 2012.
Asvagosha’s Discourse on Awakening of the faith in the Mahayana. Suzuki, D. T. transl. Chicago, Open Court 1900.
Buddhaghosa. Bhikkhu Nyanamoli, transl. The Path of P…[Read more]
Barker, Trevor, ed. Mahatma Letter to A.P.Sinnett, 1923.
Blavatsky, H. P. Are Dreams but Idle Visions? [The Theosophist, Vol. III, No. 4, January, 1882, pp. 104-105] CW 3.
Blavatsky, H. P. Chelas and Lay Chelas. Supplement to Theosophist, July, 1883; CW 4, pp. 606-614.
Blavatsky, H. P. Chinese Spirits. [Lucifer, Vol. IX,…[Read more]
314- A Pilgrim hath returned back “from the other shore.”
315- A new Arhan (36) is born. . . .
(36). Meaning that a new and additional Saviour of mankind is born, who will lead men to final Nirvâna i.e., after the end of the life-cycle.
…But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! For behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be f…[Read more]
309- Thou shalt attain the seventh step and cross the gate of final knowledge but only to wed woe — if thou would’st be Tathâgata, follow upon thy predecessor’s steps, remain unselfish till the endless end.
310- Thou art enlightened — Choose thy way.
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311- Behold, the mellow light that floods the Eastern sky. In s…[Read more]
Fellow Lanoo-Sravakas, it has been well over a year since this thread was started (Has it really been that long? Amazing. Who would have thought that it would go on for so long? Not me.I suppose that the text has something of an Eastern terse, aphoristic nature, which traditionally invites commentary, despite my unworthiness to fill the hallowed…[Read more]
308- Now thou hast heard that which was said.
The Theosophical Glossary gives an elaborate holistic explanation of Buddhist trinitarian concepts, based on a chart from Eitel.
Blavatsky version :
Triratna: Dharma Sangha Buddha
Three statues: Amitâbha Avalokiteshvara Maitreya Buddha
Three levels of Buddha: Dhyani Buddha Dhyani Bodhisattva…[Read more]
307- Now bend thy head and listen well, O Bodhisattva — Compassion speaks and saith: “Can there be bliss when all that lives must suffer? Shalt thou be saved and hear the whole world cry?”
And now what is meant by a “Bodhisattva”? Buddhists of the Mahâyâna mystic system teach that each BUDDHA manifests Himself (hypostatically or otherwi…[Read more]
Section 12 (Stanzas 296- 305 ) the Ârya Path, Path of the Buddhas of perfection
Fellow Srotapatis, we have completed section 12, we have learnt of Sowan’s path, the Dhyana-Marga, the path to Nirvanna, a path of woe, of sorrow, where one’s life-blood is spilled on the thorny, road of sharp stones of suffering, until one has succesfully crossed the…[Read more]
from the Voice on Universal Theosophy:
Tekpa Chenpödo [ཐེག་པ་ཆེན་པོའི་མདོ, theg pa chen po’i mdo], “Mahāyāna Sūtra,” Invocations to the Buddhas of Confession [Dikpa Tamché Shakpar Terchö, སྡིག་པ་ཐམས་ཅད་བཤགས་པར་གཏེར་ཆོས, sdig pa thams cad bshags par gter chos], Part I., verse iii.
303- Withal, what mean the sacred scrolls which make thee say?
304- “Om! I believe it is not all the Arhats that get of the Nirvânic Path the sweet fruition.”
305- “Om! I believe that the Nirvâna-Dharma is entered not by all the Buddhas”* (32).
[*Thegpa Chenpoido, “Mahâyâna Sûtra,” Invocations to the Buddhas of Confession,” Part 1., iv.]…[Read more]
301- The more thou dost become at one with it, thy being melted in its BEING, the more thy Soul unites with that which IS, the more thou wilt become Compassion Absolute (31).
(31). This “compassion” must not be regarded in the same light as “God, the divine love” of the Theists. Compassion stands here as an abstract, impersonal law whose nature,…[Read more]
300- There Kleśa (29) is destroyed for ever, Tanhâ’s (30) roots torn out. But stay, Disciple . . . Yet, one word. Canst thou destroy divine compassion? Compassion is no attribute. It is the LAW of laws — eternal Harmony, Alaya’s SELF; a shoreless universal essence, the light of everlasting Right, and fitness of all things, the law of love ete…[Read more]
298- Such is the Dhyâna Path, the haven of the Yogi, the blessed goal that Srotâpattis crave.
The student will now be better prepared to see that between the three Upadhis of the Raja Yoga and its Atma, and our three Upadhis, Atma, and the additional three divisions, there is in reality but very little difference. Moreover, as every adept in c…[Read more]
Fellow Lanoo-Sravakas, we are fast approaching the final portal of Fragment 3, but we still have some important ground to cover before completion. Section 11 (Stanzas 281- 295 ) Bodhisattvic Powers and Renunciation paved the way to the final portal, the seventh, and explained the renunciation necessary for the Nirmakaya life – the formidable…[Read more]
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