Khandro Rinpoche 2012 annual retreat – talk 2: part 2: Patrul Rinpoche practice text based on Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara – 7 Branch Offering: Joyfulness, Supplicating, Requesting, Dedication

(continued from part 1)

A Step by step guided meditation on the profound Mahayana text of Bodhicharyavatara by Patrul Rinpoche called “The Sun of Brilliant Clarity”

Fourth Branch: Joyfulness

In the 3rd chapter, this is verses 1-4 of the Bodhicharyavatara root text.  Is said to be antidote to jealousy.  In self liberation of mind, [aka Eko-Eko?]  Patrul Rinpoche said:

 “There is not a… a meditator shouldn’t be afraid of root poisons. It is assuming they are live entities with power to devour your sanity.”

If you look carefully, there is no aggression; there is no desire, jealousy, ignorance or arrogance.  It is mostly your thinking.  You don’t have to defeat arrogance, it dissipates itself. Don’t need to kill desire, naturally dissipates. Don’t need to kill anger if aware of cause and effect…Likewise, jealousy and competitiveness is not independent. In self-liberation of mind, Patrul Rinpoche commentary says that jealousy is simply cynicism, having critical ideas that kill happiness of seeing others. Patrul Rinpoche said the antidote to this jealousy is to reflect on joyfulness.

1-      Finding happiness in happiness of others. Find the goodness of others.  I myself always found this difficult. We are so accustomed to seeing what is wrong with others so we can generate compassion to, and so forth.   Seeing them as fine, seeing them as a good person is hard. Is a religiosity, spiritual arrogance that can occur that aggravates. We are always on watch out for negativities, so the mind gets caught up in locating badness vs. seeing others as good as they are.  Fill the mind with trying to come up with no less than 50-100 good things in others.

2-      Generate joyfulness in virtues of others Can find 50-100 good things in others.  Otherwise, if not seeing virtue- birth of love, compassion, tolerance and kindness won’t happen if you don’t like someone else. If you don’t like someone else, it’s because you can’t’ find something good in them.

3-      Generate joyfulness in seeing accomplishments of others. See what Buddha has done. See what all the Buddhas and bodhisattvas have done and rejoice in it. Shravakas have done and rejoice in it.  Look at the great masters. Look at our own sangha, lopöns, senior students, and so forth.  and find happiness.  Look at you Social circle and see how they have accomplished things, even mundane things.  Train in generating joyfulness of others.

4-      Generate joyfulness is seeing ability others have in benefiting many more sentient beings. Other can benefit more than you. This is great killer to the arrogance of self.

The Contemplation of the others trains oneself to see the qualities of virtue. 1. It makes you articulate what virtue is.  Virtue remains abstract otherwise.  2. Rejoicing makes us aware of how wonderful it is to have these qualities. 3. Contemplation on these four allows one to wish to cherish in one’s self these qualities. One wishes to have these qualities. If you find your happiness in the kindness of another person – say you see someone helping someone.  You say “this is a virtue, a good quality.” That is the first fruition. The second fruition is you see it is a great accomplishment. Third, you wish to do it yourself.

But mind is a tricky thing. Mind needs to be trained trickily too.  So in the teachings of the great teacher [Buddha?], it says “life is all about imitations.” If life is all about emulating others, then “it’s all about imitating the best.” We simply copy the best.  Imitating the example of the others and generate aspiration to have that is a skillful way. The rejoicing becomes a skillful way to follow in that example as well. What seems an external is actually internalized.

Fifth Branch: Supplicating to turn the wheel of dharma.

Supplicating for turning the wheel of dharma. In one’s own mind supplicating, generate strong aspiration that enlightened mind, bodhichitta, is seen as inherent natural quality in oneself.  Even if it is in oneself, without encountering dharma, one wouldn’t know about it. The introduction is through dharma. And manifestation as a gift to all sentient beings comes from wheel of dharma being transmitting. Therefore, just as I have benefited from the teachings, may all sentient beings find the guidance and means see their own Buddha nature and bodhichitta intention in oneself.   This is to request of wheel of dharma to be turned, as an antidote to wrong view, wrong view is lacking in inherent potential. Dharma allows that to be, to bring about realization of bodhichitta.  Wishing this is something all sentient beings encounter.

Sixth Branch: Request of all Buddhas to not pass into nirvana

There needs to be someone to transmit the teachings. Understand the importance of guidance of spiritual friends.  May they continually manifest, may all other sentient beings have the same opportunity. This is the antidote to ignorance. Ignorance is sustaining habitual patterns.  The teachers are those who shake us out of that ignorance just as one has been supported by the great beings, may other sentient beings be awakened from   ignorance

Seventh Branch: Dedication

Dedication is the antidote to wrong view.  This is how you end every session. Whatever merit was gathered, particularly through the 7 branches of Prostrations, offering itself, confession of purification, generation of joyfulness, requesting the wheel of dharma to be turned, supplicating all the enlightened beings to remain and not pass into nirvana, and the offering of dedication. May it be for no reason of personal ambition, but instead for the enlightenment of all sentient beings.

So, go from them all – not only thinking “that would be nice to do,” but it is a mind beginning to invoke. Truly working with being loving, compassionate, eroding non conducive factors, but most important, to dedicate to the enlightenment of all sentient beings. This is the antidote to the wrong view of serving the self and self-agendas. Strong enough to uproot the self’s agendas, so all that one does is for no intention but to become foundation of happiness for all sentient beings,  if that is the dedication of practice then the meditation is free from agendas of self, and post meditation practice has opportunity to have ….

This goes into the 3rd branch of “mind training”.  The 5,6,7 are best described in …..Verses of chapter 3.  This is a bridge to Actualizing compassion.  7 branch offering is semi-engagement and fully engaging.  It is being trained to get to fully engaging….

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