Khandro Rinpoche 2012 annual retreat: August 28th, Talk 1, Part 2- Outer preliminaries – Calling the Guru From Afar

(continued from part 1)

Calling the Guru from Afar

Now, to calling the guru from afar. Going back into ngondro text, where we stopped yesterday. Begin with:

At the crown of my head, seated on a lotus and moon seat is the glorious precious root guru. Accepting me with your great kindness, please bestow siddhis of body, speech, and mind.

In this way, at the crown of your head, visualize the guru.  Thus giving rise to devotion, recite the Calling the Lama from Afar, which was given by guru Rinpoche to Yeshe Tsogyal. Wherever one truly has revulsion and turns to blessings of guru, than Padmasambhava will be there.   If continuing, continue. Or, when the mind is distracted, rest.  Or, do it as a preliminary to any other practice. It’s Up to you.

Whenever the mind rests in its own nature, and then wants to return to habits of following forms and sounds, instead of following those forms and sounds, immediately gather the mind into the space above your head on lotus and moon disk in the form of Guru Rinpoche or your own guru. Whatever arises immediately as the embodiment of the wisdom and compassion of the guru, immediately think of them and supplicate that one may receive siddhis of body, speech and mind.

Calling the Guru from Afar

Lama Knyeno 

Gurus of the mind-transmission lineage of conquerors, think of me.

Gurus of the symbolic lineage of vidyadharas, think of me.

Gurus of the hearing lineage of ordinary individuals, think of me.

Gurus of the prophetic transmission lineage, think of me.

Gurus of the empowered aspiration lineage, think of me.

Gurus of the dakini-entrusted lineage, think of me.

Gurus bestowing the four ripening empowerments, think of me.

Gurus bestowing the liberating instructions, think of me.

Gurus bestowing the reading transmission of support, think of me.

Gurus with incomparable kindness, think of me.

Gurus who benefit whomever they encounter, think of me.

Gurus who are guides on the perfect path of liberation, think of me.

Gurus to whom I maintain heartfelt devotion, think of me.

Gurus, think of me. Hold me with your constant compassion.

Gurus, think of me. Bestow the blessings of mind-transmission.

Gracious gurus, think of me.  Bring about simultaneous realization and liberation.

 

Gurus of the three lineages,

In the face of my pure devotion,

Pacify all unfavorable circumstances and obstacles in this life,

Quell the intense suffering at the time of death,

And lead me with magical display amidst the rows of Vidyadharas in the buddhafields.

 

In short, from now until enlightenment,

There is no hope but you.

Treasure me with your compassion,

Nurture me constantly with the shower of your compassion and blessings,

Bestow the siddhis of the spontaneously accomplished two benefits.

 

Precious guru, essence of all Buddhas of the three times, think of me.

Bestow your blessings so that the stream of my being is ripened and liberated.

Bestow your blessings so that the stream of my being gives rise to the extraordinary realization of the profound path.

Bestow your blessings so that I attain the supreme siddhis of mahamudra in this very life.

….in all those millions of volumes, they are all saying the same thing. Talk about never being exhausted!     In one’s own mind, think of it.  You can’t ever not be grateful for this. “Even a stubborn mind like mine can be beaten into shape” – “here it is again, that stubborn mind”, sort of spanking it again. (Laughter)  Every time you try to shape this mind to realize its own nature, realize how much mind is …by transmissions and methods and express gratitude to the lineage empowered by enlightened aspirations. Not only has a whole lifetime been spent trying to point out to all sentient beings.  Think about spending lifetimes and lifetimes again and again saying the same thing.  It takes a lot of courage to come back 3, 4, limitless lifetimes to say the same things over and over again. (Laughter)

Whenever anyone calls my name with fervent devotion, I will be there.”  – Guru Rinpoche

It’s true. When one thinks of all one has received, built on gratitude.  Even if Padmasambhava appeared in front of you physically, he couldn’t do better work with all these instructions blossoming in the mind as flowers of determination. Supplicate all the gurus for the immense kindness one has received.  Supplicate “may the blessings always benefit.”

Supplicate:

 Bring about simultaneous realization and liberation.

Or “May I be able to reach a state where realization and liberation occurs.”  “Mind rol” (as in Mindrolling, the lineage of Khandro Rinpoche) “min” and “drol” is “May everyone be liberated.” This is the one-pointed aspiration. When you realize revulsion, may there be liberation, and may gratitude bring about release…. realization and liberation are together.  But in our cases, there is hesitation.

Supplicate to the guru, when the mind realizes sometimes, that it doesn’t get kidnapped by doubt and hesitation.  May there be courage to …as liberation.  May I generate the confidence, awareness of vast blessings, may that realization not be interrupted by hesitation, and may liberation and realization occur simultaneously.

Gurus of the three lineages,

In the face of my pure devotion,

Pacify all unfavorable circumstances and obstacles in this life,

Quell the intense suffering at the time of death,

And lead me with magical display amidst the rows of Vidyadharas in the buddhafields.

All obstacles and unfavorable circumstances are own neurosis, habitual tendencies, distracted by impatience, distracted by attachment, distracted by ignorance. It is mainly the action or fruit of negative karma that one has accumulate in all one’s lifetimes. When one recites this, recall to the mind reading won’t be beneficial without reflection. If there is no reflection, there is no liberation.  It depends on how acutely you are able to reflect on what you are working with.  So, may in own mind, knowing obstacles are very immediate, if you don’t respond to root poisons, there are no obstacles. At the same time, there will be circumstances.

There are still relativities to be pacified.  Point outs out the relative and ultimate nature of realizing own Buddha nature. As long as relativity arises, one still needs still need to do relative purification.

What can anyone do at the time of death or intense suffering? In some way, is way to know how overcoming any action in life if afraid of confusion at time of death. In other words, think of death from time to time, where intense confusion and pain can arise. Think how sad it is that after a whole lifetime of receiving Vajrayana, Mahamudra, and Dzogchen teachings, one can be so close. But if you allow mundane distractions to be so important, attachment to be so important, mundane senses to be so important, what you see to be so important, what you don’t see to be so important, what you feel to be so important, what you don’t feel to still be so important, if you still allow distraction to be so strong, the guru is distant from you.

Recalling the guru isn’t just physical guru, but also the guru’s instructions.  Otherwise, what is use of a guru anyway? If recalling instructions cuts confusions, that cuts the suffering at the time of death. The purpose of the outer guru is to point out the intrinsic guru.

So do those recitations, or do other supplications.

Precious guru, essence of all Buddhas of the three times, think of me.

Bestow your blessings so that the stream of my being is ripened and liberated.

Bestow your blessings so that the stream of my being gives rise to the extraordinary realization of the profound path.

Bestow your blessings so that I attain the supreme siddhis of mahamudra in this very life.

Gurus are always seen as the doorway to the Buddha, dharma and sangha.  The transmissions are extraordinary, but without the guru…  May the stream of my mind be ripened… It is essential to be invoking of the invoking of determination –“Whatever I realize, may I have the strength to put it into action. May this be achieved through guru yoga,” “May the stream of my being give rise to extraordinary realization of the path. Immediately knowing as far as the supplication goes. “May aspirations occur” is a good aspiration, but it is not good without walking the aspiration. This can occur only by 2 methods. “When you say “bestow your blessings…” Lochen Dharmashri says, “Immediately know ripening can only come from merit and realization is only from knowing that self nature immediately in the mind.” It must be thought of how important merit is. “May merit be acquired thorough mindfulness of body, speech and mind.” Ripening can’t be given from the guru, only through realizing my own true nature through following guru’s teachings.  May the guru’s teachings lead to exertion in merit and resting in the nature of own mind.” When that happens, that is when the supreme siddhi of Mahamudra is able to happen in this life.

In the end of the supplication, it says:

 Bestow your blessings so that I attain the supreme siddhis of mahamudra in this very life.

“Maha mudra” means “great gesture.”  Another way to phrase it would be ‘may I be able to dance properly the dance that is a display or a magical performance called samsara. May I be able to float by performing greatly in samsara but see each of the gesture I make as a mere theatrical display.’ Imagine being in a play and not knowing when to stop.  Make a gesture when you need to, and when you do not, be able to sit quietly.

 

But when the play is over and you refuse to get off the stage, THAT is samsara!! (Laughs)

…as generation of bodhichitta into practice of generation compassion is important. With regard to ngondro, you need to do shamatha. I’m not going to say an amount of time, but of all the sessions you use, let’s say an hour long session, there should be no less that ¼ of that session spent in shamatha.

Shamatha should begin with preliminary of the- the 4 instructions- take … of breath, be free of chatter over analysis, over detailed oriented. Then take breath, inhaling and exhaling- not like a prana recitation – not the early morning breath – gentle mindfulness of inhalation and exhalation, if mind is distracted, for example after a hard day’s work, really emphasize the inhalation, work with that, settle down completely.

When we say shamatha, what we mean is taking all the instructions we have been talking about from Padmasambhava and from Mahamudra teachings.    

  1. Take into self the instruction of scanning your body from the crown of the head, slowly down the body to the toes and then back upwards for first stage. (Summarizes previous guided meditation: crown to toe and upwards for-)
  2. Take into what body can feel.
  3. Take into surrounding village and town.
  4. Take into Entire planet.
  5. Take as vast as possible.
  6.  When very stable, clear, immediately open eyes. You and that vastness inseparable. No plans, nothing to do – while engaging gentle inhalation and exhalation.

This is the shamatha to be incorporated at this time.

(continued)

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