Buddhism by Numbers 2


SIX Bardos: bardo between birth and death, bardo of dreams, bardo of the interval of the ultimate nature of consciousness, the bardo of becoming, bardo of meditative stability, the bardo of becoming.
SIX Helpful Attitudes: dharma is medicine, the guru is like a skilled doctor, the sangha is like a nurse, practice
is like the cure; the guru is as holy as the Buddha, the dharma should remain a long time.
SIX Paramitas: generosity, self-discipline, joyful effort, concentration, patience, compassion.
SIX Transcendent Perfections: generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, concentration, wisdom.
SIX Perfections: giving, ethics, patience, effort, concentration, wisdom.
SIX Realms of Rebirth: gods, demi-gods, humans, animals, hungry ghosts, hell-beings.
SIX Root Delusion: attachment, anger, pride/ego, ignorance, doubt, wrong view.
SIX Senses: mind, sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell.
SIX Syllable Mantra: om mani padme hung.
SIX Symbols of Long Life: old man, tree, rock, water, birds, deer.
SIX Wrong Attitudes: pride (excessively high opinion in oneself), pedantic criticism (searching for faults in the teacher and the teachings, sloth (lack of enthusiasm and interest), distraction (distracted mind during teaching), prejudice (mind filled with conceptual thoughts of past, present and future, impatience (being impatient with progress).
SIX Perfections Towards a Teacher: generosity between teacher and student, morality – refrain from wrong actions during the teachings, patience, physically, mentally and verbally towards teacher, enthusiasm and interest towards the teacher, concentration on the meaning of the teaching, contemplating and meditating on the teachings.
SIX Activities: walking, standing still, sitting, lying down, eating, speaking.
SIX Consciousnesses: sight, hearing/sound, smell, taste, touch, thought/dharma.
SIX Harmonies of the Sangha: corporal harmony (the same work), verbal harmony (the same silence), mental harmony (the same tolerance), ethical harmony (the same practice), ideological harmony (the same understanding), material harmony (the same equality of benefits).
SIX Houses and Seven Schools: school of appearances as such, school of stored impressions, school of illusions, school of causal combination, school of the non-being of the mind, school of fundamental non-being, modified school of fundamental non-being.
SIX Levels of Reincarnation: as a hell being, as a hungry ghost, as an animal, as an evil spirit, as a human, as a god-like being.
SIX Perfections (paramitas): perfect charity, perfect observation of the precepts/discipline, perfect perseverance/patience/endurance, perfect energy/zeal/progress, perfect meditation, perfect wisdom.
SIX Procedures for Attaining Samatha: determining where your mistakes lies/discriminating between good and evil, remedies for these mistakes, applying the remedies to correct the mistakes, from excessive quietude innocence arises, quietude without consciousness leads to innocence, consciousness without tranquillity leads to discrimination, consciousness plus peacefulness leads to illumination/freeing the mind of discrimination and attachment.
SIX Sense Objects: colours and forms, sounds, odours, tastes, textures, phenomena.
SIX Supernatural Powers: divine sight, divine hearing, knowledge of the minds of all beings, knowledge of all forms of previous existences of self and others, power to appear at will in any place and to have absolute freedom, insight into the ending of birth and death.
SIX Tastes: bitter, sour, sweet, hot, salty, plain.



SEVEN Abundances: faith, morality, honesty, modesty, learning, renunciation, wisdom.
SEVEN Arrogances: to think one is superior to those inferior to oneself and that one is equal to one’s equals. To think that one is superior to one’s equals and equal to those who are superior to oneself. To think that one is superior to those superior to oneself. To be attached to the self-based on the delusion that one’s life is a permanent entity. To think that one has gained a truth that one has not yet perceived. To think that one is not much inferior to those who far surpass oneself. To pretend to possess virtue when one lacks virtue.
SEVEN Emotions: pleasure, anger, sorrow, joy, love, hate, desire.
SEVEN Factors of Enlightenment: mindfulness, investigation, energy, rapture, tranquillity, concentration, equanimity.
SEVEN Limbed Prayer: prostration, offering, confession, rejoicing, requesting the Buddhas to teach dharma, dedication.
SEVEN Noble Riches: faith, discipline, generosity, learning, conscientiousness, modesty, wisdom.
SEVEN Pointed Mandala: mandala composed of Mount Meru (Sumeru), the four continents, the sun, and the moon.
SEVEN Points of Mind Training: the preliminaries, bodhicitta, transform all unfavourable circumstances into path of the Buddha, condensed practice of mind training in five points, measurement of mind training, engagement of mind training, precepts of mind training.
SEVEN Precious Syllables: ham ksma ma la va ra ya.
SEVEN Riches: hearing the dharma, faith, discipline, meditation, zeal and devotion, abnegation, shame.
SEVEN Wisdoms: Great Wisdom, clean wisdom, quick wisdom, profound wisdom, wisdom of deliberation and speech, wisdom of debate, wisdom of composition and writing.
SEVEN Degrees of Enlightenment: discerning the true and the false, zeal to practice the dharma, delight in the dharma, riddance of all coarseness and weight of body and mind, power of remembering meditaion, power to realize singleness of mind, indifference to, renunciation of, all states.
SEVEN Emotions: pleasure, anger, sorrow, joy, love, hate, desire.
SEVEN Fundamental Elements: fire, earth, water, wind, space, knowledge, perceptibility.
SEVEN Treasures: gold, silver, lapis lazuli, crystal, agate, rubies/red pearls, cornelian.


EIGHT Fold Path: correct views, correct thought, correct speech, correct conduct, correct livelihood, correct zeal/effort, correct mindfulness, correct meditation.
EIGHT Worldly Concerns: 1 & 2: Happiness vs. Suffering: Once we have happiness, fear arises, for we are afraid to lose it. When suffering arises, no amount of wishful thinking makes it go away. The more we hope for it to be otherwise, the more pain we feel. 3 & 4: Fame vs. Insignificance: We are obsessed with fame and afraid of our insignificance. When it dawns on us how hard we need to work to be seen as someone special, our fear of insignificance is only magnified. 5 & 6: Praise vs. Blame: We need to be pumped up constantly, or we begin to have doubts about our worth. When we are not searching for praise, we are busy trying to cover up our mistakes so we don’t get caught. 7 & 8: Gain vs. Loss: Just as we are about to congratulate ourselves on our success, the bottom falls out. Over and over, things are hopeful one moment and the next they are not, and in either case, we are anxious.
EIGHT Concerns That Prevent Happiness: taking delight in having money and material possessions, being disappointed, upset, angry when we lose possessions or don’t get them, feeling delighted when people praise us and approve of us and tell us how wonderful we are. feeling upset and discouraged when they criticise us and disapprove of us — even if they tell us the truth. Feeling delighted when we have a good reputation and a good image., being dejected and upset when we have a bad reputation. Feeling delighted when we experience sense pleasures — fantastic sights, sounds, odours, tastes and tactile sensations, feeling sad and upset when we have unpleasant sensations.
EIGHT Consciousnesses: eye-consciousness (seeing), ear-consciousness (hearing), nose-consciousness (smelling),
tongue-consciousness (tasting), body-consciousness (tactile feeling), mind-consciousness (cognition),
defiling-mind consciousness, storehouse consciousness.
EIGHT Freedoms: not being born in the hell regions, not being born as a hungry ghost, not being born as an animal, not being born as a barbarian, not being born as a long-life god, not being born as a heretic, not being born where no Buddha has descended, not being born as a fool.
EIGHT Negations of Nagarjuna: no elimination, no production, no destruction, no eternity, no unity, no manifoldness, no arriving, no departing.
EIGHT Ordinary Concerns: gain and loss, pleasure and pain, praise and criticism, fame and infamy.
EIGHT Perverse Acts: criticising good, praising evil, interrupting the accumulation of merit of a virtuous person, disturbing the minds of those who have devotion, giving up one’s spiritual master, giving up one’s deity, giving up one’s vajra brothers and sisters, and desecrating a mandala.
EIGHT Realisations of Great Beings: awareness that all dharmas are impermanent and without a separate self, awareness that more desire brings more suffering, awareness that living simply, having few desires, leads to peace, joy, serenity, awareness that only diligent effort leads to enlightenment, awareness that ignorance is the cause of the endless round of birth and death, awareness that poverty creates hatred anger, which in turn create a vicious cycle of negative thoughts and actions, awareness that although we dwell in the world to teach and assist others, we should not become caught up in worldly matters, awareness that we do not practice for our individual enlightenment alone, but devote our whole being to guiding all others to the gates of enlightenment.
EIGHT Auspicious Symbols: parasol (symbol of royal dignity), two fish (symbol of the universal monarch), conch shell (symbol of victory in battle), lotus blossom (symbol of purity), vase of sacred water (the nectar of immortality), furled banner (symbol of victory of spirituality), knot of eternity, wheel of the Dharma.
EIGHT Difficult Situations to see the Buddha or hear the Dharma: hell, realm of hungry ghosts, realm of animals, remotest districts, heaven of longevity, realm of those born before and after the Buddha, realm of those with no common sense or eloquence, realm of the blind, deaf and dumb.
EIGHT Liberations: liberation by examination and realisation of the filthiness of all things, liberation when no subjective desire arises, liberation from all desires, liberation by the realisation of the infinity of space, liberation in realising infinite knowledge, liberation in realising emptiness, liberation where there is neither thought or no-thought, liberation by the extinction of all sensations.
EIGHT Mysterious Qualities of the Ocean: it gradually becomes deeper, being deep, its bottom is hard to fathom, its salty taste is the same everywhere, its ebb and flow follow certain rules, it contains various treasure storehouses, creatures of great size exist and dwell in it, it refuses to house corpses, it takes in all rivers and heavy rainfall without either increasing or decreasing.


NINE Consciousnesses: sight consciousness, hearing consciousness smell consciousness, taste consciousness, touch consciousness, mind consciousness, mano-consciousness, ‘the inner spiritual world’, alaya consciousness, ‘store-house’ consciousness, the ‘unconscious’, amala consciousness, fundamental pure consciousness.
NINE Stages of Shamata: placement, continual placement, repeated placement, close placement, taming, pacifying, thoroughly pacifying, one-pointed, equanimity.
NINE States of Absorption: delightful sensation, joy, contentment, utter peacefulness, infinity of space, infinity of consciousness, emptiness, neither perception nor non-perception, cessation.


TEN Bhumis, stages on the path of a bodhisattva: happiness, renounce defilement, emitting light, blazing wisdom, difficult conquest, manifestation, travelling far, not moving, wholesome wisdom, dharma cloud.
TEN Bodies of Buddhas: the body of sentient beings, the body of lands, the body of rewards of action, the body of Buddhist disciples, the body of self-enlightened people, the body of enlightening beings, the body of entirely enlightened ones, the body of knowledge, the body of space, the body of reality.
TEN Fetters: belief in a self, doubt or uncertainty, attachment to rites and rituals, sensual desire, ill will, desire for material existence, desire for material rebirth, desire for immaterial existence, desire for rebirth in a formless realm, conceit, restlessness, ignorance.
TEN Contemplations on: the Enlightened One (Buddha), the teaching (dharma), the community (sangha), discipline, generosity, heavenly beings, death, the body, the breath, peace.
TEN Directions: east, west, north, south, south-east, north-west, north-east, south-west, below, and above.
TEN Endowments: to be a human being, to be born in a central country, to have perfect faculties, to be engaged in right livelihood, to have faith in the dharma which is the basis, the Buddha appears in this world teaching the dharma, the dharma remains, the dharma is followed and one enjoys the kindness and compassion of others.
TEN Fetters of Existence: self-delusion, doubt, clinging to ritual, sensuous lust, ill will, greed for fine material existence, greed for immaterial existence, conceit, restlessness, ignorance.
TEN Meritorious Deeds: charity, morality/taking precepts, mental cultivation/meditation, reverence or respect, services in helping others, transference of merits, rejoicing in the merits of others, preaching or teaching dharma, listening to the dharma, straightening one’s own views.
TEN Names of the Buddha: Tathagata, Arahat, Unsurpassable Enlightened One, Holder of True Knowledge and Conduct, Well-Arrived One, Knower of the World, Matchless One, Excellent Trainer, Teacher of Devas and Humans, Buddha, the World-honored One.
TEN Non-Virtues: 3 of the body: killing, stealing, sexual misconduct; 4 of speech: lying, slander, abusive speech, gossip; 3 of mind: covetousness, ill-will, wrong view.
TEN Perfections (paramitas): generosity, morality, renunciation, wisdom, energy, patience, truthfulness, resolution, loving-kindness, equanimity.
TEN Powers of a Buddha: what is right and wrong in every situation, the corrective effects of past, present and future karmas of every being, all stages of liberation and samadhi, the powers and faculties of all beings, the desires or moral direction of every being, the actual condition of every being, the direction and consequences of all laws, all causes of morality and good and evil in their reality, the end of all beings and nirvana, the destruction of all illusion of every kind.
TEN Precepts: not to kill, not to steal, not to commit sexual misconduct, not to lie, not to sell liquor, not to speak of the faults of others, not to praise self or disparage others, not to hold back teaching or materials, not to harbour anger, not to slander the three treasures.
TEN Profound Applications of Mind: purity, stability, relinquishment, freedom from craving, non-aggression, firmness, glowing brightness, courage, broadmindedness, magnanimity.
TEN Profound States of Mind: truthfulness, flexibility, capability, control, peacefulness, pure goodness,
non-defilement, non-attachment, broadmindedness, magnanimity.
TEN Bodies of the Completely Enlightened Ones: the body of enlightenment, the body of vows, the physical body, the body of preservation of enlightening teachings, the body of adornment with marks of greatness, the body of powers, the body of adaptation, the body of virtues, the body of knowledge, the body of reality.
TEN Contemplations: on the Buddha, on the teaching, on the community, on discipline, on generosity, on heavenly beings, on death, on the body, on the breath, on peace.
TEN Concentrations: universal light, subtle light, psychic powers to travel to all lands, practice with a pure profound mind, knowing the treasury of adornments of the past, treasury of light of knowledge, knowing the adornments of Buddhas in all worlds, different bodies of all living beings, cosmic freedom, unobstructed wheel.
TEN Epithets of the Buddha: perfect, holy one/saint, fully enlightened, gifted in knowledge, well-gone one, knower of the worlds, unsurpassable teacher of humans, teacher of gods and humans, awakened one, sublime one.
TEN Great Disciples of the Buddha: Mahakashyapa, Ananda, Shariputra, Subhuti, Purna, Mahamaudgalyayana, Katyayana, Aniruddha, Upali, Rahula.
TEN Profound Applications of Mind: purity, relinquishment, freedom from craving, non-regression, firmness, glowing brightness, courage, broadmindedness, magnanimity.
TEN Profound States of Mind: truthfulness, flexibility, capability, control, peacefulness, pure goodness, non-defilement/ non-attachment, broadmindedness, magnanimity.
TEN Reasons for the Buddha to Give a Ruling: for the excellence of the sangha, for the comfort of the sangha, for the restraint of evil-minded humans, for the ease of well-behaved monks, for the control of the contaminations in the here and now, for the combating of the contaminants if future worlds, for the benefit of outsiders, for the increase in the number of insiders, for the establishing of the teachings, for following the rules of discipline.
TEN Rules for Living: Avoid the path of degradation/foster relations with virtuous people, live in an environment that fosters spiritual practice and good character, learn more about the Dharma/the precepts and your own trade in depth, take care well of your parents, spouse and children, share time, resources and happiness with others, cultivate virtue, avoid alcohol and gambling, cultivate humility, gratitude and simple living, seek opportunities to be close to monks to study, live a life based on the Four Noble Truths, learn to meditate to end suffering.
TEN Qualities for Those on the Eightfold Path: steadfastness, sincerity, self-respect, vigilance, seclusion from the world, contentment with little, simplicity of tastes, non-attachment, aversion of worldly activities, patience.


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