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བློ་སྦྱོང་།
Mindful Training
༈ གླང་རེ་ཐང་པ་རྡོ་རྗེ་སེང་གེས་མཛད་པའི་བློ་སྦྱོང་ཚིག་བརྒྱད་མ་བཞུགས་སོ།
Eight Verses for Mind-Training Composed by Geshe Langri Thangpa Dorjee Singghe (1054-1123).
Audio: H.H. the Dalai Lama
1 སེམས་བསྐྱེད།
༈ བདག་ནི་སེམས་ཅན་ཐམས་ཅད་ལ།
ཡིད་བཞིན་ནོར་བུ་ལས་ལྷག་པའི།
དོན་མཆོག་སྒྲུབ་པའི་བསམ་པ་ཡི།
རྟག་ཏུ་གཅེས་པར་འཛིན་པར་ཤོག
May I consider sentient beings,
dearer than the Wish-Fulfilling Gem.
Best wishes in mind,
Forever hold them dear.

2 སྙིང་རྗེ།
གང་དུ་སུ་དང་འགྲོགས་པའི་ཚེ།
བདག་ཉིད་ཀུན་ལས་དམན་བསྟ་ཞིང༌།
གཞན་ལ་བསམ་པ་ཐག་པ་ཡིས།
མཆོག་ཏུ་གཅེས་པར་འཛིན་པར་ཤོག
Whenever whoever I am with
May I see myself least important.
And sincerely others in mind,
Hold them dearly highest.

3 བསམ་གཏན།
སྤྱོད་ལམ་ཀུན་ཏུ་རང་རྒྱུད་ལ།
རྟོག་ཅིང་ཉོན་མོངས་སྐྱེས་མ་ཐག།
བདག་གཞན་མ་རུངས་བྱེད་པས་ན།
བཙན་ཐབས་གདོང་ནས་བཟློག་པར་ཤོག
Always observe my behaviour.
Negative thoughts may arise,
[and]Hurt myself and others.
Confront and suppress it with force.

4 བཟོད་པ།
རང་བཞིན་ངན་པའི་སེམས་ཅན་ནི།
སྡིག་སྡུག་དྲག་པོས་ནོན་མཐོང་ཚེ།
རིན་ཆེན་གཏེར་དང་འཕྲད་པ་བཞིན།
རྙེད་པར་དཀའ་བའི་གཅེས་འཛིན་ཤོག
For unpleasant sentient being is,
Overwhelmed by bad-karma and suffering.
When stumble upon rare treasure,
Cherish and empathise.

5 སྦྱིན་པ།
བདག་ལ་གཞན་གྱིས་ཕྲག་དོག་གིས།
གཤེ་སྐུར་ལ་སོགས་མི་རིགས་པའི།
གྱོང་ཁ་རང་གིས་ལེན་པ་དང༌།
རྒྱལ་ཁ་གཞན་ལ་འབུལ་བར་ཤོག
Out of envy others may,
Insult, abuse and treat me unjustly.
May I accept [freewill] defeat and loss,
And offer victory to them.

6 ཤེས་རབ།
གང་ལ་བདག་གིས་ཕན་བཏགས་པའི།
རེ་བ་ཆེ་བ་གང་ཞིག་གིས།
ཤིན་ཏུ་མི་རིགས་གནོད་བྱེད་ནའང།
བཤེས་གཉེན་དམ་པར་བལྟ་བར་ཤོག
Whom I have helped,
With great expectation.
Did immense harm and unjust in return.
May I see him as my true teacher.

7 ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས།
མདོར་ན་དངོས་དང་བརྒྱུད་པ་ཡིས།
ཕན་བདེ་མ་རྣམས་ཀུན་ལ་འབུལ།
མ་ཡི་གནོད་དང་སྡུག་བསྔལ་ཀུན།
གསང་བས་གདག་ལ་ལེན་པར་ཤོག
In essence, directly or indirectly,
Offer total wellness to mothers.
Suffering and pain of mothers,
Inconspicuously take upon myself.

8 བརྩོན་འགྲུས།
དེ་དག་ཀུན་ཀྱང་ཆོས་བརྒྱད་ཀྱི།
རྟོག་པའི་དྲི་མས་མ་སྦགས་ཤིང༌།
ཆོས་ཀུན་སྒྱུ་མར་ཤེས་པའི་བློས།
ཞེན་པའི་འཆིང་བ་ལས་གྲོལ་ཤོག
All above be free from
eight compromises of Acquired Concept.
Recognizing all phenomena is illusory,
May I be free from bondage of disgusting Attachment.
*mother: sentient beings
Transliteration: karma


Amravati: Buddhism (1st BC – 1344 AD)

Stupa:


This sketch of Amravati Stupa is based on archaeological findings kept at British Museum. It is 50m(164feet) in diameter and 27m(68.5f) in height. It is big but biggest is still in Kesariya, Bihar, which has 445.6 feet in diameter and 62f in height. Present Stupa at Amravati is not the actual one.


Slab A:Front

This relief was carved during 1st century BC. Bodi Tree, throne, Buddhapada(foot print of the Buddha), five disciples and Dharma Wheel(curved inside the foot print)symbolize the first sermon at Saranath, Varanasi.


Slab A: Reverse

Reverse of the same slab was curved centuries later. It depicts detail of the the Stupa itself. These bold and pronounced figures show that it is in keeping with the style of Satavahana period.


Buddha’s Relics (Ash of Buddha) were kept here as is evident from following carvings.

There is evidence that the Amaravati Stupa was still used by worshippers up until 1344 AD. By end of 1700 only mound of rubble was left.

A British colonel named Colin Mackenzie visited the site in 1797.
He, in 1816, found that many pieces of the sculptures carted away for local projects. He sent some of the sculptures to the museum at Calcutta.

In 1845, Sir Walter Elliot began excavating at the site. Remains and Relic are in British Museum, London, Musie Guimet, Germany, National Museum, New Delhi, Indian Museum Calcutta, Government Museum Madras. The rest are on display on the site.


NagarJuna

Historical Nagarjuna’s writings were in Sanskrit and not in Pali. Therefore scholars argue that he must have been born as a Brahmin, Hindu, and later converted to Buddhism. That argument is lame.

Nalanda University( 66bc ) taught Sanskrit language, Grammar, logic, math, some semblance of science and Buddhist philosophies. He even became abbot of Nalanda University and eventually left for Amravati. Nalanda University taught every subject matter in Sanskrit language only. Every teacher and student in Nalanda University are Buddhist.

Slab B:Nagarjuna and Relic


Here is a Relief from Amravati Stupa that depicts Nagarjuna(man with serpent above his head) along with others paying obeisance to Buddha’s relic. Buddha’s Relic in pot is seated on the throne.



Fig 1: It is the same slab B with Nagarjuna and Relic zoomed in:




Location:
Amravati town is on the bank of river Krishna. It is some 32km away from Guntur city of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is 65km away from Vijayawada City. Google Map location is (16.575759°, 80.356477°).

History:
Amravati Stupa was built around 1st century BC. Above Structure was built over the many centuries. Nagarjuna’s period must fall between any of these king’s of Satavahana; Pulamo, Madanputra Svami Skasen, Gautamiputr and Yajnasri Satavahana.


Ref:
1 Archaeological Survey of India.

2 British Museum, UK.

Note:
Image of Buddha transforms according to Nationality which is unfortunate. Buddha must be Buddha, no matter who, where and what culture this image was made in.

Historical figures should not be left to imagination of the craftsman or the artist. It must conform to its original figure.

Authenticity will preserve purity of image.

Image of Nagerjuna suffers the same. Artist and high priest dictates according to his or her visualization. That is wrong.

Nagarjuna Image must be similar to above artefact found in 3rd Century AD.

There is also other unintended danger if artist do not conform to its original shape. For instance, SWAT Valley, Pakistan, Buddhist artefacts resemble more like a Greek figure (big nose; animated facial) due to Greek influence due to invasion and occupation by the Alexander the Great.

Few centuries from now, archaeologist might conclude that Buddha was from Greek as he looks more like a Greek!!




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