The Precious Treasury of Philosophical Systems by Longchen Rabjam

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The valuable Treasury of Philosophical structures discusses the philosophical tenets of the whole spectrum of Buddhist teachings-Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana, and Dzogchen. This sequence contains the volumes written via Longchen Rabjam that that, as a bunch, have grow to be referred to as The seven Treasuries. even though, Longchenpa didn't intend them to be sequence, students characteristically deal with them as such due to their interrelated topics.

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THE NATURE OF THE SHASTRAS The nature of the shastras that were written can be discussed in five ways. a. The Characteristics What characterizes the shastras is that they were written by authors qualified to comment on the enlightened intent of the Buddha's words and they fulfilled the two functions of correcting and protecting. In Reasoning Through Detailed Explanations, we read the following: Whatever corrects the enemies-afflictive states-without exception, and protects one against ignoble states of existence, is a shastra; these two qualities of correcting and protecting are not found in other traditions.

23a] According to the same source: Whatever is explained by those with completely undistracted mindsthose who are influenced solely by the Teacher, the Victorious Oneand is in accord with the path that brings about liberation, that is held in as much esteem as the Seer's words. 44 D. How the Teachings Should Be Explained and Received How the teachings should be explained and received is discussed under three headings. THE BUDDHA'S TEACHINGS 41 I. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A MASTER The characteristics of a master who explains the teachings are given in The Ornament of the Sutras: Rely on a spiritual mentor who is disciplined, calm, and very peaceful, 45 is endowed with qualities of enlightenment and with diligence, has received a wealth of scriptural transmissions, and has totally realized suchness, possesses eloquence, embodies kindness, and has cast off discouragement.

These are the three cycles. c. Acumen If we analyze the Buddha's words with respect to beings' levels of acumen, we find that there are the approach of shravakas, that of pratyeka- THE BUDDHA'S TEACHINGS 3I buddhas, and the unsurpassable approach. [r7b] Regarding these three, Reciting the Names of Manjushri states: In the results ensured by three spiritual approaches lies the fruition of a single approach. 23 d. Governing Condition If we analyze the Buddha's words with respect to the governing condition, we find that there are three kinds of teachings: those communicated directly by buddhas, those that came about through blessings, and those that came about through permission being granted.

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