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
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
(Editor’s note: These notes were taken a couple weeks ago at a teaching by the Great Abbot of the Drikung Kagyu, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche, on the Drigung (sometimes spelled “Drikung”) Kagyu Fivefold Path of Mahamudra. This text is one of the defining text of the lineage, and the teaching was very dense. So, I am putting this up section by section as I get the notes edited, so anyone reading can digest each part instead of reading them all the way through. Quotes from the text are in blue. – JTR/LWWD)
Introduction: Setting intention
…the culture of the defiled nature of samsara. We all share the same thing: a desire for freedom from suffering, to have peace and happiness, co-emergent. We all want this. Reflect on this. We all want peace and happiness. We [in the shrine room; dharma practitioners] are doing nothing special, we are just trying to find peace and happiness. Samsara is very intractable, the defiled emotions are so deeply rooted… So, to face (life on a) day-to-day basis, the dharma teaching is so precious. It gives us an opportunity how to get free from suffering. This is not in some magical way to (get) free from suffering, but in an empirical way. Everyone has the opportunity, if we have interest. So to have this interest, to be here like this, and go through step-by-step is so precious. Continue reading
I was up in Frederick at the Tibetan Meditation Center a week or so ago for some teachings by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche on a text called the ‘Five-fold Path of Mahamudra’, which is one of the defining teachings of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. (FYI – according to Dr. Sam, one of Khenchen Rinpoche’s disciples going way back, His Holiness the Dalai Lama taught on this text a few years ago). I am still digesting all I heard and getting my notes in order. My plan is to post them section by section, as I get edits finished. Continue reading
(editor’s note: This was part of a teaching Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche gave at TMC Frederick the weekend of October 1-2, 2011. This Lord Jigten Sumgön Guru Yoga was covered and practiced the morning of the first day before Rinpoche taught on his text “Prescriptions and Prohibitions: Their mode of abiding.” I plan to get those notes up in the near future. Khenchen Rinpoche had previously taught more extensively on A Guru Yoga that Brings the Dharmakaya onto the Path at TMC in the Summer of 2009. I will attempt to link to those teachings as appropriate. – JTR/LWWD)
…nowadays, more than ever before, we need that wisdom we can apply in our daily life. There are many levels of practice. If you want to go on retreat, you can go on retreat. If you want to go for years, you can do like Milarepa. You can read his life story. He utilized the optimal power of the human capacity in that very lifetime because of that he achieved the ultimate benefit. That why the precious human life has so much ability, opportunity it is there, if you choose.
A Guru Yoga that Brings the Dharmakaya onto the Path: a practice profound of meaning and rich with blessing for the modern regular practitioner with limited time by Khenchen Könchog Gyaltshen, composed October 27th, 2008 – Teaching from Spring 2009 Retreat, TMC, Maryland
(editor’s note: Khenchen Rinpoche also taught in October of 2011 at TMC Frederick on this Guru Yoga of the great Lord Jigten Sumgön (1143-1217), the founder of the Drikung Kagyu school of Vajrayana Buddhism and a teacher revered by masters of many lineages through the centuries.)
“You are so fortunate to be here together and share some dharma knowledge. This is something very precious. I believe this is not easy to get because of the collection of causes that brought us here. Our dharma sangha, practitioners from different places, Boston, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, is precious. You came here because of seeing benefit of dharma. You know how it is precious, how it helps to daily life. And of course it is the way to help others, and to enlightenment, the state free of all confusion and suffering.
In the world, everyone is busy to be free from suffering, to have peace and happiness. Regardless of what we do- politics, business, science – everything is for knowledge of more peace, less suffering. That’s the idea. Our Dharma has got that. Continue reading
I’ve been asked by several newer students to explain my lineage. My path is not exactly the usual “person-curious-about-meditation-comes-into-the-shambhala-center-and-follows-the-curiculum”. Ok, it’s not even CLOSE to ‘normal’.
If I had to describe my stream, it would be Drikung Kagyu-Mindrolling/Nyingma-Shambhala-Karma Kagyu.
You were warned it would be a mouthful! 🙂
To give the short version:
- Soto Zen practitioner – 1995-1997 (sporadically)
- Shambhala practitioner- 1997-present
- Dharma Art practitioner – 1998-present
- Mindrolling lineage practitioner – 1999-present
- Drikung Kagyu practitioner – 2000-present
…and Karma Kagyu mixed in with all the other lineages.