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Dear Noble Sangha,
For the first time, the Dalai Lama, a prominent figure in the Gelugpa lineage of Tibet and considered by many to be the spiritual leader of Tibet, gave the opening prayer at the US Senate on March 6th. Here is what he had to say:
“May there be joy in the world with harvest and spiritual rest. May every good fortune come to be and may all our wishes be fulfilled.”
He followed this with what he called his “favorite prayer” that he recites daily:
As long as space remains and as long as beings remain, until then may I, too, remain, and help dispel the misery of the world.
Dear Noble Sangha,
This month our practice theme is the 3rd Noble Truth. This is the truth of Nirvana (Pali: Nibbana) or the cessation of suffering. It is the truth that enlightenment and liberation are possible. Here are some sutta (sutra) quotes about the 3rd Noble Truth for your reflection this month:
“And this, monks, is the noble truth of the cessation of dukkha: the remainderless fading & cessation, renunciation, relinquishment, release, & letting go of that very craving.”
-The Wheel of Setting the Dharma in Motion Sutta
“This is peace, this is exquisite — the stilling of all fabrications, the relinquishment of all acquisitions, the ending of craving, dispassion, cessation, Unbinding.”
– The Middle Length Discourses
“From the remainderless fading & cessation of that very ignorance, there no longer exists [the sense of] the body on account of which that pleasure & pain internally arise. There no longer exists the speech… the intellect on account of which that pleasure & pain internally arise. There no longer exists the field, the site, the dimension, or the issue on account of which that pleasure & pain internally arise.”
-The Sutta to Bhumija
“And what is the noble method that is rightly seen and rightly ferreted out by discernment? There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones notices:
When this is, that is.
From the arising of this comes the arising of that.
When this isn’t, that isn’t.
From the cessation of this comes the cessation of that.”
– Animosity Sutta
May you experience the unbinding of the mind and realize the great unconditioned state of Nibbana.