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Lojong, Mindrolling Lotus Garden – June 18- 21, 2015 Lopön Helen Berliner and Lopön Andre Papantonio – Talk 1

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


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Khandro Rinpoche 2012 annual retreat: August 28th, Talk 1, Part 3- Outer preliminaries – The Four Reminders

(continued from part 2)

The Four Reminders

It is possible your shamatha is distracted. If distracted, following thoughts sound, forms, and going back to mental chatter, read the first verse of the Four Reminders. *

This precious human existence is, like an udumbara flower, difficult to attain.
If found, it is of greater benefit than the wish-fulfilling jewel.
However, having attained such a precious existence just this once,
we do not accomplish the ultimate aim of great benefit,
but instead waste it meaninglessly.
Guru, embodiment of the Three Jewels, look upon us with compassion.
Bestow your blessings so that we fulfill the meaning of this precious existence. Continue reading

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Remember Four Things (The Four Reminders)

(Originally posted Friday, September 5, 2008)

I’ve been asked by a few people to talk about ‘The Four Reminders”, which are in the Tibetan (/Bhutanese/Nepalese/etc.) tradition the very bedrock of the Buddhist path. Everything else is built upon these. as my teacher Khandro Rinpoche has said many times, “Any obstacles that can’t be overcome, it’s simply because one has not contemplated the Four Reminders enough.”

For you non-buddhists, this will give you a good overview of the core of what we practice.

So, here they are.  At the top of each, I will include the traditional passage from the Karma Kagyu and the Drigung Kagyu describing each of the four.  I will also include how -I- contemplate them daily, in hopes that some of you might be able to adapt it to your own practice lives.

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Third reminder – Karma – DC Khandro Rinpoche study group – 4/7/11

The basic definition of karma from Patrul Rinpoche’s Words of My Perfect Teacher is that one’s present condition is the result of former actions.  Present actions lead to future conditions. Karma is the impulse that drives the action. Some people say the karma is the actual effect, but this is not so.

Karma is something that follows consciousness after death. Karma is never the action, it is the impulse that takes us to the action. Impulse is what draws us towards a specific action. The intention is the wish to do something with that action. Impulse and intention are always related.

Karma is the 10 virtuous actions and the 10 un-virtuous actions. Karma is never something that you leave. It’s almost like your body; it is a structure. This is a new structure.

The karmic fruition of virtuous and unvirtuous actions is never lost.
From this infallible path [truth] of cause and effect
Appears the phenomena of samsara and nirvana.
We understand that one’s actions ripen upon oneself.
Yet, we are unable to engage and disengage in the appropriate manner.
Guru, embodiment of the Three Jewels, look upon us with compassion.
Bestow your blessings so that we cultivate virtue and abandon unvirtuous deeds.

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