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Entering right concentration in an atom,
Emerging from concentration in all atoms,
Entering right concentration in all atoms,
Emerging from concentration in diamond ground,
Entering right concentration in diamond ground,
Emerging from concentration on a crystal tree,
Entering right concentration on a crystal tree,
Emerging from concentration in Buddha’s aura,
Entering right concentration in Buddha’s aura,
Emerging from concentration in rivers and seas,
Entering right concentration in rivers and seas,
Emerging from concentration in the element fire,
Entering right concentration in the element fire,
Emerging from concentration in the wind, mind undisturbed,
Entering right concentration in the element wind,
Emerging from concentration in the element earth,
Entering right concentration in the element earth,
Emerging from concentration in the celestial palace,
Entering right concentration in the celestial palace,
Emerging from concentration in space, mind undisturbed;
This is called the inconceivable freedom of concentration
Of the one with infinite virtues,
Which all the Buddhas of the ten directions
Could not thoroughly expound in countless eons.

Avatamsaka Sutra - 358, 359

Note on the image: White Tara, the Liberator.

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In the Tibetan folk story on creation, in the city of Lhasa, the first people came from the river. Opame enlisted Chenrezig to help these people.  With Chenrezig’s great compassion, he tried to help these sentient beings, but was distressed and asked Opame for more help.   Chenrezig was then given 1000 arms.  The work was still so muck, trying to alleviate sadness and foster compassion that Chenrezig cried, and from that first tear, Dolma was born.   On fathers’ day today, remember all the mothers and fathers that have come before you, and all that will.  Celebrate all their forms, respect them regardless of who they love and how they look.  There are Bodhisattvas amongst us.
(Thangka by Tashi Dhargyal)

They (great bodhisattvas) also realize infinite purities—purity of all sentient beings; purity of all buddha-fields; purity of all things; purity of comprehensive knowledge of all realms; purity of boundless knowledge pervading the realm of space; purity of knowledge of all different vocal sounds, using various kinds of verbal expression adapted to all sentient beings; purity of radiance of infinite spheres of light illuminating all the boundless worlds; purity of knowledge producing the practices of all bodhisattvas of past, present, and future; purity of knowledge instantly entering the sites of enlightenment of assembles of all Buddhas of past, present, and future; purity of entering into all worlds, boundless though they be, and causing all sentient beings to do what they should do—in all these they attain fulfillment, completion, accomplishment, equanimity, actualization, direct knowledge, and true realization, having seen into all of them, attained purity in all respects, and reached the other shore.

Avatamsaka Sutra - Flower Ornament Scripture - 686

Note on the image: Bust of White Tara. Om Tara Tutara Ture Svaha! Photo by Michael Ash.