Sunday, February 10, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: A Buddhist Saint

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

February 10, 2008


Padmasambhava was an Indian teacher who brought the complete teachings of buddhadharma to Tibet. He remains our source of inspiration even now, here in the West...I suppose the best way to characterize Padmasambhava for people with a Western or Christian cultural outlook is to say that he was a saint....The Buddhist approach to spirituality is nontheistic. It does not have the principle of an external divinity.The Buddhist approach to spirituality is connected with awakening within oneself rather than with relating to something external....A saint in the Buddhist context -- for example, Padmasambhava  or a great being like the Buddha himself -- is someone who provides an example of the fact that completely ordinary, confused human beings can wake themselves up. They can put themselves together and wake themselves up....The pain, the suffering of all kinds, the misery and the chaos that are part of life, begins to wake them, shake them.

From "Padmasambhava and Spiritual Materialism," in CRAZY WISDOM, pages 3 to 5.

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