4. The Things He Did to Further the Doctrine after Gaining these Qualities
In India, Atisha held up the teachings and ‘because he showed no sectarianism, he became the crowning jewel of all the Sangha in Magadha as well as across India. He was the acknowledged master of the whole teachings of sutra and tantra to be found in the three baskets and the four classes of tantra. And as for the teachings themselves, it was as if the Victorious Ones himself had returned.”
Atisha went beyond what most people would have done. He purposely and completely made the teachings his life. And when people see that you are committed, they look deeper. They look beyond what images appear….they look at the Dharma itself.
That is the point…it is not our reputations, for ourselves, it is our reputation for the Dharma. The teachings went far due to Atisha’s diligence and dedication and he did this only for the Dharma to flourish.
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- Part One: The Preliminaries (Preparing to read and study lamrim) (abuddhistsjourney.wordpress.com)