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    Modern version of the Eternal Knot by Charles Huttner
A View on Buddhism
Teksty w jezyku polskim     Deutsche Seiten


(Mainly, but not exc;lusively from Tibetan Buddhism)
Short Sutras
Short Traditional Texts
If you practice fantasised methods, 
you get fantasised results. 
If you practice realistic methods, 
you get realistic results.

Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche


A Commentary on "A Lamp for the Path"His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, Translated by Thubten Jinpa, transcript Phil Lecso, Melbourne, Australia May 19-22, 2002. Download this documents in ZIP format: Word '97 document 74kB, Rich Text Format document 74kB, Text document 69kB.

Buddha Nature By venerable Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Toronto, August 8, 1990 Translated by Ken McLeod, transcript by Phil Lecso. Download: Word '97 document 38kB, Rich Text Format document 22kB, Text document 19kB.

The Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas - Preliminary Teachings to the Kalachakra Initiation, Santa Monica, California, July 1989 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Translator: Jeffrey Hopkins, transcript Phil Lecso. Download ZIP-ped documents: Word '97 document 59kB, Rich Text Format document 59kB, Text document 53kB.

The thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, root text by Thogme Zangpo

Preliminary Teachings Prior to the Kalachakra Initiation by H.H. the Dalai Lama, Barcelona, December 11-14, 1994. Translated by Thupten Jinpa, transcript Phil Lecso. Download ZIP-ped documents: Word '97 document 59kB, Rich Text Format document 57kB, Text document 56kB.

The Bodhicaryavatara - Preliminary Teachings to the Kalachakra Initiation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New York City, November 1991. Translated by Thupten Jinpa, transcript Phil Lecso. Download ZIP-ped documents: Word '97 document 67kB, Rich Text Format document 65kB, Text document 67kB.

Compassion, the Supreme Emotion - by His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama
Practising Dharma in Daily Life - by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism - by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Purpose of Life - by His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama
Accepting Oneself - by Ayya Khema
The Udamwara lotus flower protecting the life of helpless beings - Statements from sutra relating to meat eating- by Geshe Thubten Soepa. It is a 159Kb PDF file.

Short Buddhist Articles:
- What did Lord Buddha really have to say about God? - by Rev. Bhikkhu Dhammapiyo
- Is Buddhism Scientific? - by Bhikkhu Shravasti Dhammika
- Miraculous Powers - by Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda
- The Healing Power of the Precepts: Building self-esteem the Buddhist way - by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
- Jesus and Buddha as brothers - by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Sound of Mindfulness -
- The Enlightened Ones - by Ven. S. Dhammika
- Buddhist Views on Marriage - by Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera

- Do the thoughts ever stop? - by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
- Basic Points Unifying The Theravada and the Mahayana - by Walpola Rahula
- Taking Personal Responsibility - by Ajahn Sumedo
- Mount Emptiness - by Rudy Harderwijk

Short Articles by non-Buddhists:
- 40 Ways to Determine Your Level of Inner Freedom (non-Buddhist)
- What Is The Meaning Of Life? (non-Buddhist)
- Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings


The Discourse on Loving-Kindness (Metta Sutra)
The Dhammapada (collected sayings by the Buddha)
The Heart Sutra

The Kalama Sutra
The Sayings of the Buddha in Forty-Two Sections
- by Kasyapa Matanga and Gobharana


A Lamp for the Path to Full Awakening - by Lama Atisha
The 8 verses of Thought Transformation - by Geshe Langri Tangpa
The Foundation of all Good Qualities
- by Lama Tsong Khapa
The Three Principles of the Path - by Lama Zong Khapa
The Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, by Thogme Zangpo
The 50 Verses of Guru Devotion - by Master Ashvagosha
A Conversation with an Old Man - By Lama Gungtang Konchok Dronme
14 Meaningless Things - by Gampopa
11 Signs of a Sublime Person - by Gampopa
Entering the Dharma gate - by Jetsun Milarepa

An excellent collection of important short Tibetan texts can be found on the Dharma Teachings  Page.


Practicing the Heart Sutra

- Prostrations to 35 Buddhas
- General Confession


Before and after Meditation:

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Praise to the 21 Taras
Praise to 1000-arm Chenresig (From the Nyung Ne Practice)
Praise to Manjushri
Praise to Amitabha (Opening the Door of the Pure Land - by Lama Tsong Khapa)


There are quite a number of sets of Vows in Buddhism: (for an interesting teaching on precepts, see The Healing Power of the Precepts: Building self-esteem the Buddhist way)

Inofficial but very interesting: The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism - by Thich Nhat Hanh

Refuge Vows are related to being a Buddhist:
Refuge Vows

The Pratimoksha Vows, or 'Freedom' (from samsara) Vows are:
1. Lifetime layman - 5 vows (same as 2: not killing, stealing, lying, sexual misconduct, intoxicants, see Refuge Vows)
2. Lifetime laywoman - 5 vows (same as above)
3. Novice Monk - 36 vows
4. Novice Nun - 36 vows
5. Intermediate Nun - 42 vows
6. Fully Ordained Monk - 253 vows
7. Fully Ordained Nun - 364 vows

Eight Precepts Observance (Theravada) (Access to Insight website)

Mahayana Vows:
One Day Mahayana Precepts - 8 vows
Aspiring Bodhicitta Vows
Bodhisattva Vows as preserved in Tibetan Buddhism
Bodhisattva Vow according to the Zen tradition

Tantric Vows come in various sets, but are kept secret for non-practioners to avoid misunderstandings.


You can find a nice collection of prayers and practices at ven. Thubten Chodron's website.

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