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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Prescriptions and Prohibitions: Their Mode of Abiding (Part 1) – Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – 10-11-2011
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.
I am crying with joy that I am able to give this great bodhichitta generation in the traditional way.
You are all very fortunate to receive this.
Originally, I was going to do it simplified. But then I thought, after the past week of teachings on the Uttaratantra Shastra, when you have been listening so intently, I should do the traditional way. Also, this center is one of the oldest in this country, and there is much blessings in this month, according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar.
First condition for generating bodhichitta in one’s mind: accumulation of merit
…Rejoicing in merits and good deeds of others.
Continuing from this morning with the 7-limb prayer.
We are now relating to the accumulation of merit through rejoicing at other’s good deeds, as in the story of when a king invited Buddha and his retinue to his palace and made a big offering. At the end, the Buddha asked the king, “should I dedicate the merit of this to you – the king – or to the person who has gained more merits than you?” The king thought “Since I am the benefactor, I may be the one who gained most merit,” so the king said “yes, dedicate to person with most merits.” At that time, there was a beggar at the door of the palace. He really rejoiced at the merit of the king, and that the king was making such a grand offering to Buddha. When Buddha was about to dedicate, he surprised everyone when he used the name of the beggar at the door. This shows that just by rejoicing at the good deeds of others, we can gain the same amount of merit.
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
Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – the Drigung Kagyu Fivefold Path of Mahamudra – Part 4: Mahamudra – TMC May 2012
‘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
Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin- TMC Frederick – Lojong – December 26, 27, 2011(Note: This teaching was a commentary on Jamgon Kongtol the Great’s now-classic Lojong text, The Great Path of Awakening. Khenpo Rinpoche read from the book itself (in English) and then expanded on it. The quotes from Jamgon Kongtrol appear below bolded and indented without quote marks. Quotes from other teachers appear with quote marks.)
…Need reasons for bodhichitta.
So, need to meditate on love. There are 2 kinds of love: one that leads to suffering, and one that is bigger. (In answer to question) Tonglen will come shortly. (Laughter) It is part of bodhichitta. But need a purpose first, otherwise, won’t do it. You can do anything with parents or kids, but not for strangers. Westerns always ask that question – “why?” That’s good. We have to figure out, what is the purpose for bodhichitta. You have to love someone who is kind to you. Before meditating love, you need to see reason to love this one. The kindness. What kind of kindness? Generally, Buddhas say “your mother.”
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
Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – the Drigung Kagyu Fivefold Path of Mahamudra – Part five: Dedication (of Merit) Meditation Practice – TMC May 2012
(Part five: ) Dedication (of Merit) Meditation Practice
This is the last 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 bodhichitta. If you wish to pacify the outer and inner obstacles and accomplish the actvities 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 inseperablity 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.”