Lopon Andre – first talk – morning 9/19
Begin with the right intention. The best intention we could have for anything we do on the land- meditating, studying, or hearing a talk is – being with the benefit for all sentient beings. May we all work with our own minds to be a cooling oasis for all sentient beings, to free all sentient beings from suffering, and ourselves as sentient beings from suffering. We call this raising bodhicitta: a sense of my intention is “I am expanding outward so I am working not for just my own benefit, but for the benefit of all.”
I also like to remember those who came before us, without whom we wouldn’t be studying Buddhism in an air-conditioned room. Going back to Shakyamuni Buddha 2500 years ago, all the way up to His Holiness Mindrolling Trinchen Rinpoche, who died in 2008, and of course His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and of course our dear Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, who is director of our center. Just a sense of connection to lineage and a sense of connection to who we might be appreciative of. Continue reading
(Continued from December 26)
Making Adversity the Path of Awakening (continued)
Yesterday, we did “making adversity the path of awakening.” So there, environmentally, facing all kinds of difficulties– emotionally, defilements are increasing. So for those reasons sometimes, world is full of misfortune. In Buddhism, we talk about the relationship between the outer environment and the inner mental state. So when the mind mental state goes to a more negative way. I think we talk about karma. Sometime people misunderstand. Mainly, if we come into a lack of fortune of good qualities, then conditions can attack easier. Humans, non-humans, environmentally, attacks happen easily. If our good fortune is strong then other things can’t hurt us much. Sometimes, we think “just practicing this or that deity will solve things.” But we need to create vessel to receive that conditions. So, in the same way, decreasing the degeneration of the mind is needed. 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.”
(continued from talk 2)
A Step by step guided meditation on the profound Mahayana text of Bodhicharyavatara by Patrul Rinpoche called “The Sun of Brilliant Clarity”
We begin the day again studying the very helpful text that compliments Bodhicharyavatara called “the Sun of Brilliant Clarity” composed by the great 19th century master Patrul Rinpoche to give us a structure of Step by step instructions to contemplate on the basis of the Bodhicharyavatara. In short, how we may best train step by step to give rise to bodhichitta, in order to incorporate it in our own conduct.
That bodhichitta is what Shantideva has defined as “a mind untainted by defilements, so it may become a way to liberate all sentient beings.”
We begin with generating bodhichitta in intent and generating the aspiration that all become accomplished in hearing, contemplating, and examining the teachings and all qualities particularly become accomplished in all qualities of cultivating. May they apply merit to become the seed to freedom from suffering, and have courage to awakening the enlightened mind in one’s self. So that that illumination is Intrinsic in oneself may completely dispels the darkness of ignorance, transforming oneself into a vehicle of happiness for self and other. So, with this intention generated as sincerely as possible, bringing direction to one’s path of practice, yesterday, we talked about text, providing a structure to follow clearly.