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The wisdom of The Eight Great Awakenings Sutra

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T he world is impermanent . Countries are perilous and fragile. The body is a source of pain, ultimately empty. The five skandhas are not the true self. Life and Death is nothing but a series of transformations-hallucinatory, unreal, uncontrollable. The intellect is a wellspring of turpitude, the body a breeding ground of offenses.




Buddhism 7998 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 







O nce awakened, they even more energetically continue to cultivate the Path. Steeping themselves in kindness and compassion, they grow in wisdom. They sail the Dharma ship across to Nirvana’s shore, and then return on the sea of birth and death to rescue living beings.




Buddhism 7899 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 







B odhisattvas apply themselves and deeply appreciate study and erudition, constantly striving to expand their wisdom and refine their eloquence. Nothing brings them greater joy than teaching and transforming living beings.




Buddhism 7886 | 
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W ith unflagging vigor, great people break through their afflictions and baseness. They vanquish and defeat the four kinds of demons, and escape from the prison of the five skandhas41.




Buddhism 7862 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 
41 Five skandhas: The five aggregates, which are matter (or body), sensations (or feelings), perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness.(??:????,??? / ?????????????????)







B odhisattvas practice giving. They treat friend and foe alike. They do not harbor grudges or despise amoral people.




Buddhism 7827 | 
Translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society. 







O ur minds are never satisfied or content with just enough. The more we obtain, the more we want. Thus we create offenses and perform evil deeds. Bodhisattvas don’t wish to make these mistakes. Instead, they choose to be content. They nurture the Way, living a quiet life in humble surroundings-their sole occupation, cultivating wisdom.




Buddhism 7815 | 
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T oo much desire brings pain. Death and rebirth are wearisome ordeals, originating from our thoughts of greed and lust. By lessening desires we can realize absolute truth and enjoy peace, freedom, and health in body and mind.




Buddhism 7812 | 
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G reat people resolve to cultivate the Great Vehicle, to rescue all beings, to endure hardship on behalf of others, and to lead everyone to ultimate happiness.




Buddhism 7744 | 
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