Nyama asked, “Previously, you depended on a teacher and have practiced, so what arose in your mind?”
Milarepa replied and explained, “Its’ ground basis abides like space, and it is boundless as the sky without center or boundaries. When one is looking at mind, one is practicing, one sees the root of all practice is to realize the two types of bodhicitta.”
We have to see our mind like water that has become dirty. We need to clean that water. As long as we grasp and have concepts, it will be murky water. The mind of the Buddha is like clean water. The mind of the sentient beings is like murky water. Clear water shares the same nature as muddy water. The nature of mind is like space, it is all pervasive, the nature of the mind where all concepts have been liberated is empty and clean like space. This is what needs to be realized in practice. Continue reading
Today, we will receive the bodhisattva vow. This adds to the refuge vow you received before. Having cultivated refuge, we engage in bodhisattva vow commitment, the two-fold aspiration bodhichita and activity bodhichita.
Especially in the Drikung Kagyu lineage, this prayer is at the very beginning. In this prayer of mind cultivation, the entire bodhisattva vow is contained.
May they experience happiness, be separated from suffering,
And swiftly I will establish them in the state of unsurpassed, perfect and precious Buddhahood.
We think, “What can I do to liberate sentient beings?” All the Buddhas of the three times have only the thought of this, to liberate sentient beings form suffering, so to have the is ongoing mind state to wish to liberate sentient beings in the aspiration bodhichita, then the bodhisattva prayer is the engaged through the 6 paramitas and so on. So we take on the commitment for all beings, the prayers you recite later are very clear. You can really get the whole meaning from prayers. In Buddhism in general, there are often many questions about the recitations, especially when we first take refuge and cultivate bodhichita. All sadhanas begin with refuge and bodhichita. We talked about refuge before, haven taken refuge; we want to become free from suffering. Only Buddha figured out how to get free from suffering, take refuge in Buddha what will protect us? Dharma – the path. Sangha are the companions. Continue reading
I would like to greet my dharma friends. Thanks for coming. This is a very meaningful gathering with great purpose. It is said in Buddhism, if only 4 sangha members come together, they think of all mother sentient beings, even a small assembly can fulfills something very powerful. So thank you again for coming.
According to the program, I will give instruction on deity Yamantaka. What is purpose of these instructions? In general, according to Drikung Kagyu, it is widespread practice. because it is widespread, many disciples asked about the deity. They feel something is distinct about his deity. So when they engage in this in the 3 vehicles it becomes a great elaboration, many distinct levels of teachings, which created doubts and questions in their minds, to clear these, I will instruct this deity to the best of my abilities.
(ed. note – These notes are my imperfect attempt at a transcription of the great Drikung Kagyu/Nyingma lama Garchen Rinpoche on a teaching he gave right outside DC on the topic of the creation and completion stages in Vajrayana buddhism. Very deep, but also very, very practical. )
There’s not much more I can say about him that’s not said better in this promo from the documentary about Rinpoche’s life, “For the Benefit of all beings
During refuge vow, the spiritual master says “this is the method to slowly attain enlightenment. But the cultivation of that, the practice of that relies on you.”
– H.E. Garchen Rinpoche
There are limitless Buddhas of the past, limitless Buddhas of the present, limitless Buddhas of the future. The present Buddha is Shakyamuni. In beginning, Buddha gave rise to bodhichitta, and then practiced for three limitless eons until he attained enlightenment.
We can take in refuge in 3 jewels, and then attain enlightenment in one lifetime or in the intermediate state, or at least favorable rebirth and enlightenment within 1 or 2 lifetimes.
There are 2 systems in the world. In those, various religions and spiritual paths in order to benefit sentient beings temporarily and spiritually. All are of benefit. But the Buddhist view is that all beings can attain enlightenment. Beings are obscured by temporary stains, and are all Buddhas underneath.