Atisha by L.T. Kalsang

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Upon another occasion when he was circumambulating the stone-walled enclosure dedicated by Arya Nagarjuna, he saw two women. " On yet another occasion when Atisha was circumambulating inside the Gandhola (the particular -chapel where the image of Buddha is placed), an image of the Buddha that was on a balcony spoke to him, saying: "Bhante! " Another day, when Atisha was again circumambulating inside the stone-walled enclosure, an ivory image of Shakyamuni cried: "0, yogi! " On hearing these prophecies, Atisha made enquiries from whom to obtain the best exposition of bodhicitta.

L saw the defects· of samsara in every •place l went. All with whom I associated told me of its evils, Nothing I did: brought: rile peace of mind. '' To this, his parents answered: "0 son! are wretched with fond commiseration: Always support the sangha by erecting monasteries. Meditate ·<:m compassion {karuna) ·and·, on·, Jov~ng-k,indness (maitri) without partiality. " The' Prince responded: "Listen;. if- you. 'love w,e! Here in this palace of golden jewels, enmeshed· by bevies·. I shall suffer 19 bitterty.

Thereafter we felt as much joy as if we had attained the parthama bhumi (the ten stages of saintly perfection of a bodhisattava). The meditators, too, made enquiries about my life story from pandita Bhumisara and the others, wh<> related how I had entered into the s11ngha after renouncing my kingdom, and how I had mastered the countless scrip~ures after attending ·innumerable gurus. " Bhumisara replied: 'Yes, he bears the name of the second Buddha, well known on this earth. Highly honoured is he by all the fifty-two famous panditas.

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