Gem of Wisdom for Daily Reflection: 

The Four Truths And Other Enlightened Factors Of The Noble Beings

Shakyamuni Buddha once had a discussion with bodhisattva mahasattva Manjushri on how sentient beings become ensnared in samsara, and by what means should one apply to attain liberation from this hapless dilemma. The Blessed One begins by first exposed the conceptual errors in viewing phenomena as real, and how this obscurations of the mind can be rectified through cultivating the right view of the noble beings in relation to the four truths, the four application of mindfulness, the eightfold paths, the five faculties, and the seven branches of enlightenment.

The exchange of their dialogue covers the Mahayana doctrine that the notion of the self and the conceptual fixation to it are the origin of karma which cause the arising of samsara. It also highlights a range of mental projections that created problems on the path. The resulting discourse is preserved in the Bodhipaksanirdesa Sutra - The Noble Mahayana Sutra Of The Factors Conducive To Enlightenment. The following is the concise text based on the Tibetan translation of the Bodhipaksanirdesa Sutra.

- Extract from a teaching by Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche. The full text is available to read under the feature of Gateway to Tibetan Buddhism. Click here to see the full list of articles available.