AWAKENING MIND (3)




Our mental and emotional similarity is what is important ~ HH Dalai Lama

I believe that every human being has an innate desire for happiness and does not want to suffer. I also believe that the very purpose of life is to experience this happiness. I believe that each of us has the same potential to develop inner peace and thereby achieve happiness and joy.

Whether we are rich or poor, educated or uneducated, black or white, from the East or the West, our potential is equal. We are all the same, mentally and emotionally. Though some of us have larger noses and the color of our skin may differ slightly, physically we are basically the same.

The differences are minor. Our mental and emotional similarity is what is important.

~ HH Dalai Lama

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The goal of dharma study is to dispel suffering

The goal of dharma study is to dispel suffering.

To dispel a part of suffering of samsara – is referred to as Buddhism oriented towards the rebirth of the human and heavenly realms;

To dispel all the suffering of samsara – is referred to as the Shravakayana Buddhism (Hinayana);

To endeavour to dispel all the suffering of samsara for the sake of oneself and all sentient beings – is referred to as Mahayana Buddhism.

From this perspective, Buddhism is the method to dispel suffering.


~ from Luminous Wisdom Book Series


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An Introduction to:

How do the Four Noble Truths directly relate to our experiences of pain and pleasure?
𝘣𝘺 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘪 𝘓𝘢𝘮𝘢

If we examine the nature of reality more deeply, we will find that within this complex world, there are things and events that have a certain degree of permanence, at least from the point of view of their continuum. Examples of this include the continuity of consciousness and the mind’s essential nature of luminosity and clarity.

There is nothing that can threaten the continuity of consciousness or the essential nature of mind.

Then there are certain types of experiences and events in the world that appear evident at a particular point but cease to exist after contact with opposing forces; such phenomena can be understood to be adventitious, or circumstantial.

It is on the basis of these two categories of phenomena that the teachings of the Four Noble Truths, such as the truths of suffering and its origin, become relevant.

When we further examine this dynamic, complex and diverse world that we experience, we find that phenomena can also be categorized in three ways:

1. The world of matter.
2. The world of consciousness, or subjective experience.
3. The world of abstract entities.

First, there is the world of physical reality, which we can experience through our senses; that is, tangible objects that have material properties.

Second, there is the category of phenomena that are purely of the nature of subjective experience, such as our perception of the world. As I mentioned earlier, we are often confronted by a gap between the way we perceive things and the way they really are. Sometimes we know that there is a correspondence; sometimes we know there is a disparity. This points towards a subjective quality that all sentient beings possess. This is the world of experience, such as the feeling dimension of pain and pleasure.

Third, there are phenomena that are abstract in nature, such as our concept of time, including past, present and future, and even our concepts of years, months and days. These and other abstract ideas can be understood only in relation to some concrete reality such as physical entities Although they do not enjoy a reality of their own, we still experience and participate in them. In Buddhist texts, then, the taxonomy of reality is often presented under these three broad categories.

Out of this complex world of reality that we experience and participate in, how do the Four Noble Truths directly relate to our experiences of pain and pleasure?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama continues… https://www.lamayeshe.com/…/chapter-two-features-lam-rim-te…

in 𝗜𝗹𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗼 𝗘𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁
(a LYWA free book)
https://www.lamayeshe.com/…/illuminating-path-enlightenment…


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Everything Depends on the Mind ~ Ju Mipham Rinpoche

“Everything depends on the mind, which in turn, obeys the thoughts that come from its own habits; thus it is buffeted by endless myriads of concepts, pleasures and sufferings…
Alas! If we observe how this lost mind works—when it is happy, it becomes arrogant and its desires multiply; when it suffers, it loses courage and wants to be happy; whatever happens to it, it never takes the path of lasting happiness.
Alas! It wanders endlessly in suffering!
Allow the teacher’s instructions to hit home and strike a chord…”

~ Ju Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912)

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Like a butter-lamp, will soon be consumed ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

“Just as every single thing is always moving inexorably closer to its ultimate dissolution, so also your own life,
like a burning butter-lamp, will soon be consumed.

It would be foolish to think that you can first finish all your work and then retire to spend the later stages of your life practicing the Dharma.

Can you be certain that you will live that long? Does death not strike the young as well as the old?

No matter what you are doing, therefore, remember death and keep your mind focused on the Dharma…”

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

from The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones

“The root text is a teaching in verse written in the nineteenth century by Patrul Rinpoche, one of the outstanding teachers of his day. In the accompanying commentary, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910–1991)—lineage holder of the Nyingma school and one of the great expounders of the Dharma in Europe and North America—expands upon the text with his characteristic compassion and uncompromising thoroughness. Patrul Rinpoche’s fresh and piercing verses combined with Khyentse Rinpoche’s down-to-earth comments offer a concise yet complete examination of the Buddhist path.”

https://www.shambhala.com/the-heart-treasure-of-the-enlight…

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Stages of practice (Bodhisattvas) ~ H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche

When one is in pain, the best response is to abide in emptiness.
If one has not yet reached this stage of practice,
one could call upon his [her] own bodhicitta to bear the burdens of others,
visualizing other sentient beings who are suffering in the same way, doing ‘tonglen practice’ to relieve them from the pain.
By acting this way even just once, one will gain the rations needed to sustain his [her] journey through the kalpas, and one’s suffering would be immediately transformed into merits.

– H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche

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Thought Transformation Teaching: Whatever You Are Doing, It Should Become Meditation on Emptiness ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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The “I” exists, but only in mere name, Rinpoche explained in this teaching. How the “I” exists is extremely subtle; so subtle it is as if it doesn’t exist at all. Whatever is happening, it is not true. As His Holiness has said, “What exists is something else” from what ordinary people believe.

Our mind has been habituated—like a waterfall, so heavily since beginningless rebirths—with ignorance. Everything that has appeared to us has appeared as truly existent—and you 100% believed it! From that, all the delusions, karma, and the oceans of suffering of hell beings, hungry ghosts, and animals arise. Everything appears real, but what is there is only existing in mere name. This is unbelievably subtle.

To counter this wrong habituation, we need to train in meditating on emptiness.

Whatever you are doing, it should become a meditation on emptiness. Rinpoche emphasizes that it is not that you can only meditate on emptiness while you are sitting on a cushion!

There are three ways that you can meditate on emptiness while going about your daily activities.

1. Meditate on everything as a hallucination: In every activity you do, look at the “I,” action, and object as a total hallucination, as they are a total hallucination. Whatever you do—such as shopping, using the toilet, eating food, or going to work—transform it into a meditation on emptiness by looking at it as a hallucination or as like a dream.
[* Hallucinations are where you hear, see, smell, taste or feel things that appear to be real but only exist in your mind. Instead of being pulled/ distracted outside pay attention to inner awareness].

2. Meditate on everything as merely labeled:
 Another method to meditate on emptiness in daily life is to think that the merely labeled “I” is doing the actions of your day. For example, when you are eating, think that the merely labeled “I” is doing the merely labeled action of eating merely labeled food. 

3. Meditate on everything as empty of true existence:
 Whatever you are doing, meditate that the real “I” that is doing the activity is not there, the real action you are doing is not there, and the real object of your action is not there. They are all empty of true existence; they are not there at all.

Of these three meditations, do a different one each day, or each week, or each month, Rinpoche recommended. This is the way to develop a positive habituation with emptiness and counter the wrong habituation with holding everything as real.

Whether you know a lot about emptiness or just a little, this daily meditation on emptiness is the most important thing to do. 

Rinpoche concluded the teaching by citing two verses from Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way. If you destroy ignorance, you destroy the delusions.

When you see dependent arising, ignorance doesn’t arise. Therefore, Rinpoche said we should try to realize the meaning of dependent arising. 

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Please enjoy this video of Rinpoche’s full teaching recorded on October 30, 2020: ~  Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Read full blog, link in bio #lamazoparinpoche

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Follow the practices of training the mind ~ Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

Each step may seem to take forever, but no matter how uninspired you feel, continue to follow your practice schedule precisely and consistently. This is how we can use our greatest enemy, habit, against itself.

~ Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

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No longer being overcome by thoughts ~ Thrangu Rinpoche

No matter what kind of thought arises, simply recognize that in essence it is always intangible, ungraspable; then no matter what kind of thought arises, it will subside and you will no longer be overcome by it.

– Thrangu Rinpoche

from the book “Crystal Clear: Practical Advice for Mahamudra Meditators”

translated by Erik Pema Kunsang

Thanks to: Gems of Wisdom

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Perceiving everything in its natural purity ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

https://justdharma.org/perceiving-everything-in-its…/

Someone who has been captured with a hook has no option but to go wherever he [she] is led.

In the same way, if we catch hold of our mind – which risks being distracted by the objects of the six senses – with the hook of mindfulness, and with vigilance and carefulness, this will be of enormous benefit. We should use this watchman to constantly check how many positive or negative thoughts and actions we produce during the day. When we are able to control our minds through mindfulness, everything that appears in samsara and nirvana becomes an aid in our practice and serves to confirm the meaning of the teachings. All appearances are understood as being dharmakaya. We perceive everything in its natural purity, and there is nothing we can call impure.

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “Zurchungpa’s Testament”

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Non-thoughtful[l] wisdom ~ Milarepa

“Non-thoughtful wisdom constantly shines in the pit of thoughts. “

Bhattarak Milarepa

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Unification ~ Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

Our aim should be to reach a level of realization that unites the wisdom of emptiness with the spontaneously present skillful means of compassion― emptiness with compassion as its very essence. We must carry this onto the path, and apply it in every stage of the practice for the duration of our life.

Recognizing the emptiness of thoughts instead of solidifying them, allows the arising and subsiding of each thought to clarify and strengthen the realization of emptiness.

~Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche.

The Great Medicine That Conquers Clinging to the Notion of Reality. Shambhala Publications.

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Can you do that ~ Shri Singha
https://justdharma.org/can-you-do-that-shri-singha/

You understand that all phenomena are false, but this does not help anything. This understanding, that everything is dream-like, illusory, unreal and false should be assimilated in your being. Without taking it to heart it becomes mere platitude. This does not result in enlightenment.

If you think that appearance and emptiness are indivisible, you should be detached from appearances. Are you?

If you think that buddhas and sentient beings are indivisible, you should honor and serve sentient beings to the same degree as you would the buddhas. Do you do that?

If you think, ‘I will have no karmic ripening even if I engage in the ten nonvirtues,’ you should be able to accept the ten nonvirtuous actions of others directed towards yourself – even if you yourself are killed. Can you do that?

If you think, ‘Even if I were to engage in the ten virtues there would be no benefit,’ you should not have any sense of joy when you are benefitted by others who are practicing the ten virtues – even if your own life is saved. Do you?

Now, go again to a solitary place and let your body remain like a corpse, let your voice remain like that of a mute and let your mind remain like the sky.

– Shri Singha

quoted in the book “Treasures from Juniper Ridge: The Profound Instructions of Padmasambhava […]

translated by Erik Pema Kunsang 

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Putting the teaching into practice ~ HH Dalai Lama

” Many Buddhas have come among us,
and yet humanity continues to suffer.
That is the reality of samsara.
It is not the failure of the Buddhas,
but the human beings, who have not put the teachings into practice. “

~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

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Why the Buddha’s teachings are revolutionary


A short snippet of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche talking about why the Buddha’s teachings are revolutionary and introducing the emphasis of the need for lojong (specific techniques of mind-training) in a clip from the Bonus Features of the documentary feature film called “When the Iron Bird Flies.”
Google the film title and director—Victress Hitchcock— to learn more about it, and to rent or buy a digital copy of the film go to: alivemindcinema.com/film/whentheironbirdflies ]

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Two kinds of ego identity ~ Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

Check for yourself. See what comes up in your mind when you think of your name. The huge mountain of your self will arise. Then check exactly where that mountain of “me” can be found. Where are you? Somewhere around your body. Are you in your chest, in your head?

You feel this instinctively. You don’t have to study philosophy to learn it; you don’t have to go to school; you parents didn’t teach you. You’ve known this since before you were born.

Buddhism describes two kinds of ego identity: 𝘬𝘶𝘯 𝘵𝘢𝘨 and 𝘭𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘬𝘺𝘦.

The one I’m talking about is 𝘭𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘬𝘺𝘦, the simultaneously born one; the one that exists simply because you exist. It was born with you; it needs no outside influence for its existence. Like the smell that comes with a pine tree, they’re one. The pine tree doesn’t grow first and then the smell comes later. They come together. It’s the same with the innate sense of ego; it comes at conception.

𝘒𝘶𝘯 𝘵𝘢𝘨 means the sense of self that’s philosophically acquired. It’s something that you learn through outside influence from teachers, friends, books and so forth. This is the intellectually derived ego.

Can you imagine? You can even acquire an ego through reading. This one is easier to remove, of course, because it’s more superficial. It’s a gross conception.

The simultaneously born sense of self is much, much harder to get rid of.

~ Lama Yeshe

in 𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗕𝗲 𝗙𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱

https://www.lamayeshe.com/…/who-are-you-and-where-can…


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Developing our wisdom ~ Lama Yeshe

The normal world-oriented state of mind prevents us from letting go of emotional problems as they arise. These distractions invade our mind and constantly impede our concentration.

When we recite a mantra this mental agitation spontaneously subsides, leaving our mind at peace. Mantra brings a stronger, more integrated, single-pointed concentration. It quickly rids us of interruptions caused by our habitual sensory response to external stimuli.

When trying to develop penetrative insight into emptiness, it would be absurd if we had plenty of time for eating and sleeping but no time for reciting mantras.

Normally, we have plenty of time for listening to meaningless gossip but no time to develop our wisdom by listening to our inner sound.

In actual truth, our inner sound can be the means of attaining perfect samadhi, perfect absorption into reality.

~ Lama Yeshe
in 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗮

https://www.lamayeshe.com/article/mantra

This short teaching on the power of mantra was Lama Yeshe’s response to a question from a student at Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1975.

Photo of Lama Yeshe teaching at Manjushri Institute, England, 1976.

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The root of samsara ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

https://justdharma.org/the-root-of-samsara-lama-zopa…/

Nothing exists in reality. Nothing exists the way it appears to exist, as real from there. Everything is totally empty. It’s like a dream, like an illusion.

If we are able to meditate in this way, looking at all this as like a dream, an illusion, a mirage—all the different examples—then it becomes very interesting. There is nothing to become attached to because it is not real.

For example, if we recognize a dream as a dream, there is nothing to be attached to and there is nothing to be angry about. In a dream, somebody abuses us but if we can recognize the dream as a dream, the abuse does not bother us at all. Similarly, some object of desire appears in our dream, but recognizing it as just a dream, we are not agitated. Nothing disturbs us; our mind remains utterly peaceful. Anger and attachment do not arise, so we have a very, very interesting life.

Because things appear to us not as a dream but as real from their own side, which is how it has been since beginningless time, realizing emptiness is vital. It is more important than any job, than all the money in the world, than anything. To cut the root of suffering, ignorance, and be free forever from the oceans of samsaric suffering, there is nothing more important than realizing emptiness.

We need to cut the wrong belief that whatever object that appears to us is real, which is how it appears. As I have said, in the first moment the I appears as merely imputed; in the second it appears as real, as a real I; then, in the third moment, we believe that I to be real. That wrong concept is the root of samsara.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

source: https://www.lamayeshe.com/…/chapter-12-cutting-root…

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No self, no problem ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

More self, more problem. Less self, less problem. No self, no problem.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche Khandro Tseringma Rinpoche

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You Exist As An Idea In Your Mind

Ultimate reality is obscured by the concept of self. It is not the concept alone that is obscuring ultimate reality. Rather it is the reification, the grasping on to the concept, that creates the obscuration.

The Tibetan term for reification (dendzin) means grasping on to inherent existence, grasping on to true existence. You decontextualize, you grasp something as existing independently, by its own nature.

One example is to believe that there really is an inherently existing person—you or me or anyone—that could be praised or insulted. Moreover, anything believed to exist by itself is a product of reification. This reification is the root of samsara, the cycle of existence.

~ Alan Wallace

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Habit ~ Tai Situ Rinpoche
https://justdharma.org/habit/

Habit is also a factor to be dealt with. The Tibetan term is ‘pa chache dipa’. Defilement is also, of course, habit, but it is a little bit different. ‘Pa cha che dipa’ is a very subtle obstacle. An example is the way we project our own thoughts, feelings, or motivations on others. This can be very difficult to see and overcome, and it takes effort to do so. When we always find ourselves making the same mistake by misunderstanding others and judging them in an inaccurate, stupid, or uncompassionate way, we are being blocked by this habitual pattern. Later we find out that we were wrong, but usually by then it’s too late, the damage is done. We can only learn from the mistake. These are subtle habitual obstacles stemming directly from the concept of “I”.

– Tai Situ Rinpoche

from the book “Awakening the Sleeping Buddha”

Source 🙏 Gems of Wisdom – Kagyu Tradition

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All conditioned things resemble flashes of lighting, bubbles on water, or clouds ~ Ju Mipham Rinpoche

“All entities, once they have come into being, do not remain as they are in the second instant but undergo immediate change. From the very first moment they arise until their final moment of cessation, they are subject to a continuous process of transformation. It does not matter whether something is like lightning, which disappears in a single instant, or the outer world, which endures for an aeon, as long as it is conditioned it will pass through a succession of moments during which it arises and ceases anew.

Settle in the understanding that everything is similar to a waterfall or the flame of a lamp. Meditate on how all worlds—environment and inhabitants alike—are formed and ultimately perish, on the passing of the four seasons in the external world, and on the phases of life and changes in circumstances—youth and old age, high and low status, happiness and sorrow—that beings must pass through. Consider your own experience and what you have witnessed and heard concerning others.

Meditate in these various ways until you develop clear certainty that all conditioned things resemble flashes of lightning, bubbles on water, or clouds.”

~ Ju Mipham Rinpoche

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