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Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – Jewel Ornament of Liberation – Chapter 11: Training in Action bodhichitta

One takes the vow of action bodhichitta, and train in the three types of moral conduct, or three moral trainings. These are moral ethics of abstaining from non-virtues, [engaging in] ethics of accumulating wisdom, and [engaging in] ethics of benefiting sentient beings.

“Generosity, moral ethics, and patience are the trainings in superior morality. Meditative concentration is the training in superior thought. Discriminating wisdom awareness is the training in superior wisdom. Perseverance is the support for all three.”

You need joyous effort. This is how the six paramitas work with the three trainings. The three trainings are the impeccable, indispensable, consummate path to enlightenment.

When you meditate here, relax. You need the conducts. [When you are] physically here, and mentally have a mind absent of afflictive emotions, this is called moral conduct.  That makes a foundation for concentration. Then your mind is in the place you are.  When mind is not disturbed by capricious thoughts, there is clarity. Where there is clarity, there is a great chance to see special insight. If there is the absence of one, there is no chance to recapture the reality nature. Continue reading

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Khandro Rinpoche 2012 annual retreat – talk 4: part 4: Patrul Rinpoche practice text based on Bodhicharyavatara – Elaborate explanations of Paramitas: Patience

(continued from talk  4, part 3)

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

Elaborate explanations of Paramitas

Patience

Besides the general explanation of patience, there are 24 opportunities to practice patience in general and 72 in particular every day of your life.  Patrul Rinpoche says “Patience should be at all times.  But to start, may want to choose 24 occasions.”

  1. When someone treats us with contempt.
  2. When someone addresses oneself with harsh speech.
  3. When someone slanders us behind our back.
  4. When someone causes us pain.

These are four applied to three kinds of individuals, making 12:

  1. When these four happen to your teachers.
  2. When these four happen to your relatives.
  3. When these four happen to your friends (those you love – including you, the one you love the most). Continue reading

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Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – the Drigung Kagyu Fivefold Path of Mahamudra – Part 1: Love, Compassion and Bodhichitta – TMC May 2012

“First, when the precious bodhichitta, the mind of enlightenment, arises, the activities of body, speck and mind will, like base metal transforming into gold, follow in that direction.”

Cultivate it. Impress the mind with the view of loving-kindness, compassion and bodhicitta.

Like base metal transforming into gold -For example, iron is transformed into gold.  When in the (state without) bodhicitta, our body, speech and mind activities are just ordinary, samsaric, involved in mental afflictions. But when the bodhicitta is infused in you, that very body, speech and mind becomes a part of bodhicitta. (They become) a path to get free from suffering. Continue reading

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Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – Jewel Ornament of Liberation – Chapter 10: Training in aspiration bodhichitta

1. Training in Aspiration Bodhichitta: The summary:

Not forsaking sentient beings from one’s heart, Recollecting the beneficial effects of that mind, Gathering the two accumulations, Practicing the enlightened mind repeatedly, and Accepting the four virtues and rejecting the four nonvirtues – These five comprise the training in aspiration bodhichitta.

“Of course one will not give up this attitude towards those beings who are benefiting oneself, but there is a danger of giving it up regarding those who harm you. To them especially, one should cultivate compassion and make efforts to bring them benefit and happiness.” Continue reading

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Loving-kindness and Compassion – Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin

Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin Rinpoche

“9. You need to turn your mind toward helping other beings with loving-kindness and compassion, both directly and indirectly.”  – From  “Ten Necessary Things” section of Gampopa’s  Precious Garland of the Sublime Path.

‘Love’ I’m not sure it actually works. Sanskrit is ‘maitri’. It’s not love, more becoming ‘dear friend,’ ‘friendship’. ‘Love’ has an element of selfishness. We say ‘I love chicken, I love beef, whatever.” (laughs) Maitri is ‘great friendliness.’ This is much better translation than love. Ordinary love has a sense of self-interest.  “I” is always put there, as in “I love them.” So, Maitri is ‘dear friend.’  Loving-kindness and compassion is not (just) towards those who are suffering. Anyone can develop that. Anyone can develop compassion to someone miserable. It is easy. It is difficult to develop to compassion to someone who is making mistakes and enjoying worldly pleasure. There are the three kinds of suffering. We have to base on all three – that is a bodhisattva.  Only those who are miserable? That isn’t it. Anyone can do that. There is no need for bodhisattva effort and motivation (for them).

“You need to turn the mind toward helping other beings with loving-kindness and compassion, both directly and indirectly.” ‘Ninje’ is Tibetan for compassion. ‘nin’ is heart. ‘je’ is bottom. So, it is ‘ From the bottom of the heart’, wanting more things like good things. It’s not just a sense of sympathy.  In this case, basically, in the 4 immeasurables, it is “want to be free from suffering.” What is suffering here? It’s all three sufferings. It’s not just our perspective of suffering, (but) suffering of suffering, suffering of change, and all-pervasive suffering. We know what the suffering of change is. As much as we enjoy it, it will bring suffering. How much we experience pleasure in world, that much it brings pain. I know this myself! (laughs) The suffering of all pervasive is this body is suffering. If you don’t have this body, you aren’t going to experience that suffering.  It’s why Shantideva said, “if someone punches you, you should have anger at both them and this body for hurting you. “All the store of suffering is this body. Because of this body, we experience suffering. So, it is all pervasive suffering.

(excerpt from teaching on Gampopa’s “Precious Garland of the Sublime Path”, May 26, 2012, Tibetan Meditation Center, Frederick, Md.)

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How to Train Mindfulness in Sleep – Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin

When sleeping, we can’t be mindfulness – It is a little difficult. But when you go to sleep, at that time, if you go to sleep with positive thought, then your whole sleep becomes positive. If we go to sleep with negative thought, then our whole sleep becomes negative.  Second, if daily, we keep mindfulness, then it can be experienced in dreams.  We can have this happen in dreams – A habitual tendency thorough our daily activity can occur in dreams. If we’re not mindful in day, we can be carefulness in dream.  So, two ways we can encourage mindfulness in dreams.  Go to sleep with positive thought, and train day-by-day in positive thought and mindfulness.

(excerpt from teaching on Gampopa’s “Precious Garland of the Sublime Path”, May 26, 2012, Tibetan Meditation Center, Frederick, Md.)

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