THIRTY-SEVEN Factors of Enlightenment: The 4 Foundations of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of body, Mindfulness of sensations, Awareness of mind, Meditation on the Dhamma. The 4 Supreme Efforts: Not to let an unwholesome thought arise which has not yet arisen. Not to let an unwholesome thought continue which has already arisen. To make a wholesome thought arise which has not yet arisen. To make a wholesome thought continue which has already arisen. The 4 Means to Accomplishment: Desire/zeal (wholesome), Energy, Consciousness, Investigation. The 5 Strengths: Faith, Energy, Mindfulness, Concentration, Wisdom. The 5 Faculties: Faith, Energy, Mindfulness, Concentration, Wisdom. The Noble Eightfold Path: Right Understanding, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration. The 7 Factors of Enlightenment: Mindfulness, Investigation of mental phenomena, Energy, Joy, Tranquillity, Concentration, Equanimity
FOURTY Meditation Subjects: 1 earth, 2 water, 3 fire, 4 wind, 5 blue-green, 6 yellow, 7 red, 8 white, 9 light, 10 space, 11 a swollen corpse, 12 discolored corpse, 13 a festering corpse, 14 a fissured corpse, 15 a mangled corpse, 16 a dismembered corpse, 17 a cut 22 recollecting the Dhamma, 23 recollecting the Order, 24 recollecting Ethical Culture, 25 recollecting giving, 26 recollecting the gods 27 recollecting death, meditation on death, 28 recollecting the body, 29 recollecting the breathing, 30 recollecting calm, 31 friendly vibrations, 32 sympathetic vibrations, 33 empathetic vibrations, 34 objective detachment, 35 the realm of limitless space, 36 the realm of limitless consciousness, 37 the realm of no things there, 38 the realm of neither-perception-nor-non-perception, 39 the perception of the foulness of food, 40 specifications of the four elements.
FIFTY-TWO Mental Formations: 1. Contact, 2. Feeling, 3. Perception, 4. Volition, 5. Concentration of mind, 6. Psychic life, 7. Attention, 8. Initial application, 9. Sustained application, 10. Effort, 11. Pleasurable interest, 12. Desire to do, 13. Deciding, 14. Greed, 15. Hate, 16. Dullness, 17. Error, 18. Conceit, 19. Envy, 20. Selfishness, 21. Worry, 22. Shamelessness, 23. Recklessness, 24. Distraction, 25. Sloth, 26. Torpor, 27. Perplexity, 28. Disinterestedness, 29. Amity, 30. Reason, 31. Faith, 32. Mindfulness, 33. Modesty, 34. Discretion, 35. Balance of mind, 36. Composure of mental properties, 37. Composure of mind, 38. Buoyancy of mental properties, 39. Buoyancy of mind, 40. Pliancy of mental properties, 41. Pliancy of mind, 42. Adaptability of mental properties, 43. Adaptability of mind, 44. Proficiency of mental properties, 45. Proficiency of mind, 46. Rectitude of mental properties, 47. Rectitude of mind, 48. Right speech, 49. Right action, 50. Right livelihood, 51. Pity, 52. Appreciation.
ONE-HUNDRED Syllable Vajrasattva Mantra:
om vajrasattva samaya manu palaya – vajrasattva deno patita – dido may bhawa – suto kayo may bhawa – supo kayo may bhawa – anu rakto may bhawa – sarwa siddhi mepar yatsa – sarwa karma su tsa may – tsitam shriyam kuru hum – ha ha ha ha ho – bhagawan – sarwa tatagata – vajra ma may mu tsa – vajra bhawa maha samaya sattva – ah hum pey.
ONE-HUNDRED-EIGHT is reached by multiplying the senses smell, touch, taste, hearing, sight, and consciousness by whether they are painful, pleasant or neutral, and then again by whether these are internally generated or externally occurring, and by past, present and future, all adding up to 108 feelings. 6 × 3 × 2 × 3 = 108.
In Buddhism the number is reached by multiplying the senses smell, touch, taste, hearing, sight, and consciousness by whether they are painful, pleasant or neutral, and then again by whether these are internally generated or externally occurring, and yet again by past, present and future, finally we get 108 feelings. 6 × 3 × 2 × 3 = 108.
In Tibetan Buddhism malas/rosaries are usually 108 beads reflecting the words of the Buddha in 108 volumes.
Zen priests wear juzu (a ring of prayer beads) around their wrists, which consists of 108 beads.
In the Lankavatara Sutra the Bodhisattva Mahamati asks Buddha 108 questions.
In Japan, at the end of the year, a bell is chimed 108 times in Buddhist temples to finish the old year and welcome the new one. Each ring represents one of 108 earthly temptations that must overcome to achieve nirvana.
The individual digits comprising 108: 1, 0, and 8 represent one thing, nothing, and everything (infinity), representing the belief of the ultimate reality of the universe as being (paradoxically) simultaneously one, emptiness, and infinite.
TWO-HUNDRED-FIFTY-THREE Vows of a Fully Ordained Tibetan Buddhist Monk: the 253 vows of a fully ordained monk were supposed to be explicitly prescribed by the Buddha himself in the vinaya scriptures. They are broadly divided into five classes: Fist Class: 4 Defeats, Second Class: 13 Remainders, Third Class: 120 Downfalls, Fourth Class: 4 matters to be confessed individually, Fifth Class: 112 Misdeeds.
ONE-THOUSAND-TWO Buddhas of this Fortunate Aeon:
acoording to the Fortunate Aeon Sutra 1002 Buddhas will in this Fortunate Aeon. At the end of the previous kalpa, when the world was engulfed by flood, one thousand golden lotuses arose from the great ocean. Beings residing in the heavens understood that this auspicious sign was an indication of the one thousand supreme nirmanakaya buddhas who would brighten the coming aeon.
84,000: It is said that the Buddha taught more than 84,000 methods to attain true peace and freedom from suffering. Also referred to as the 84,000 doors to Enlightenment.
500,000 Preliminary Practices: the preliminary/foundation practices of Vajrayana Buddhism are profound and powerful means for effecting a deep purification and transformation. They prepare the practitioner for path of Vajrayana and teachings of Dzogchen and lead gradually towards the experience of Enlightenment. The traditional preliminary practices (100,000 times each) of refuge, Bodhicitta, vajrasattva, mandala, and guru yoga.