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Prescriptions and Prohibitions: Their Mode of Abiding (Part 1) – Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – 10-11-2011

Prescriptions and Prohibitions – These are prescribed what to do, all the virtuous deeds we are proscribed to practice, and all the non-virtues are prohibited. Buddha didn’t make rigid rules that he made up himself as ruler. He taught on the basis of the reality nature of phenomena. We don’t want suffering. Peace and happiness is what we want. That gives us a great opportunity, and opens your heart-mind. Think, ‘I was confused, but now I know the right things to do, and the wrong things to avoid. I have all the choice, now I’m so happy.’ That kind of nature.

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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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Vajra Splinters / Diamond Slivers Reasoning – Analyses of Madhyamaka – Khenmo Trinlay

(ed. note: I had been asked some senior student friends for an explanation of the Buddhist logical argument called by some “The Tiny Vajra” (also know as the ‘Vajra Splinters’), and got this response from Khenmo Trinlay Chödron, who is well known as a teacher and Dharma scholar, and for being the editor of several books by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche including what many regard as the definitive translation of Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation.  Khenmo-la said I could post this piece she wrote several years ago if it seemed like it could be of benefit. – JTR/LWWD)

Context

We are trying to determine the ultimate nature of phenomena: reality as it (actually) is, not necessarily the way we ordinarily perceive it. Vajra Splinters is just one of many lines of analysis that examine this question. Others look at whether motion or activity can actually happen, some examine “where” or “when” phenomena can be said to exist. Some cut phenomena into infinitesimal pieces to determine whether matter exists. Others look to concepts such as dependent origination or impermanence for answers.

The point of all the different types of analysis is to break down our stubborn view of reality. This, in turn, will reduce our afflicting emotions; suffering is also proportionately reduced and enlightenment is that much closer. Continue reading

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Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – the Drigung Kagyu Fivefold Path of Mahamudra – Part 5: Dedication (of Merit) Meditation Practice – TMC May 2012

This is the last part of the fivefold path of mahamudra.

Dedicate without the interruption of other thoughts. If you wish to benefit and bring happiness to the migrators, dedicate with love, compassion, and bodhicitta.  If you wish to pacify the outer and inner obstacles and accomplish the activities of the Secret Mantra, dedicate by seeing yourself in the form of the yidam deity. If you wish to appease and be accepted by the guru, and achieve his excellent qualities, then dedicate with in the state of devotion to him. If you wish to progress in the realization, experience, and inseparability of meditation and post-meditation, then dedicate within the equipoise of mahamudra. Thus, say, “May I and all sentient beings achieve unsurpassable, perfect, complete enlightenment.” If you seal the dedication in this way, you will accomplish according to this dedication.” Continue reading

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Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – the Drigung Kagyu Fivefold Path of Mahamudra – Part 4: Mahamudra – TMC May 2012

(Part 4) 

‘Should we touch on mahamudra? We are very advanced now.” (laughter)

“Thus one’s own Body, speech and mind and methods of the guru become inseparable.“ Your mind and the mind of enlightened beings are inseparable.  This is how to unite your confused mind and enlightened mind. So all confusions are dispelled. Continue reading

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Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – the Drigung Kagyu Fivefold Path of Mahamudra – Part 3: Guru yoga practice – TMC May 2012

“The Secret place” –  at your heart- Of your yidam body- Chenrizig, Tara, Chakasamvara, Hevajra, the same as before. Then meditate on the holy lama –

Vajradhara. Who is Vajradhara? In the nature of the Nonduality of the body, speech and mind of Buddhas of past, present, future.  Vajradhara – or like Lord Jitgon Sumgon, or like Milarepa. In your heart, light radiating- your mind is in that nature.  If one abides in the state of the Nonduality of the holy lamas and ones’ own mind, purifies all obstacles.

With confidence and devotion – “Vajradhara or Lord Jitgon Sumgon is at my heart – the nature of all the Buddhas of the 3 times.” Meditate on that.

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Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – the Drigung Kagyu Fivefold Path of Mahamudra – Part 2: Yidam deity practice – TMC May 2012

Maybe you know about this better than I do. (Laughter)  (Start with) our body as the yidam deity, like Chenrizig, Tara, Manjushuri, Chakasamvara, Hevajra, and Kalachakra.   Any (yidam) you have bring that to mind, thinking “I am in that deity state.”  Your ordinary body dissolves into that nature, which is the nature of the bodhichitta. This is one of the VERY significant points in the Buddhist tantra practice. The bodhichitta MUST be there as a ground. (We must start with) a foundation on reality nature. Then, we can notice that deity practice we are doing. 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 – the Drigung Kagyu Fivefold Path of Mahamudra – Introduction part 2: Paying Homage and Taking Refuge, Overview, Impermanence – TMC May 2012

Paying Homage and Taking Refuge

“With devotion, I pay homage and take refuge with body, speech and mind in the body, speech and mind of the precious, unparalleled Drigungpa, embodiment of the non-dual wisdom awareness of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas of the three times.”

Who is Lord Jitgon Sumgon? The great Drigungpa, Lord Jitgon Sumgon, is the embodiment of the Buddhas of the past, the Buddhas of the present, and the Buddhas of the future.  He is unrivaled, un-equaled, and inconceivable. We can’t imagine that great teacher’s activities.

As the writer took refuge in Lord Jitgon Sumgon, our mind should too to experience his wisdom, the perfect mind. Reflect on this. We are so fortunate getting this opportunity to hear the name of such a great teacher who came to this planet and benefited so many sentient beings, and continues to (do so). Continue reading

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Top Five Dharma books for beginners

Several  people  have asked for reading suggestions, since there are so many dharma books out there.  It is really, really difficult to know where to start.  So, here is my list of a beginner’s guide.  I start with the disclaimer that I am mostly coming from the so-called ‘Tibetan’ form of Buddhism.  This is not meant to suggest it is ‘better than’ other forms. It just happens to be where I am. SO, without further ado:

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