Therefore, it is said that training in absolute bodhichitta completely eliminates self-cherishing. Finally, mind training is likened to a medicinal tree, whose roots, trunk, branches, flowers and leaves are all therapeutic, making the whole tree medicinal. So that is why all these teachings talk so much about taming your mind. I want to meditate but it seems I am very lazy and cannot do it. The Tibetan word is shagpa and has the sense of chipping away, e.
It is as easy as changing and transforming our mind and attitude; there is nothing to transform externally. If this accomplishment creates a negative emotion such as pride, then it is like a demon. In the post-meditation experience, one should become a child of illusion. In my practice as purely a shamata and vipassana practitioner, I have no technique for specifically applying devotion in a particular way. Bless me with the full development of love, compassion, and Bodhicitta, and the ability to dismiss and dispel. In this society, with its hurly-burly pace demanding of our time, it is ever so easy to let life slip by.
We may not be able to help them, but we can still help someone who is not that terribly distressed and troubled. With the direct understanding that what is ultimate has no origin, cessation, or duration, is emptiness, yet what is present arises from dependence and coincidence like an enchantment, May I come to see everything and work naturally for the welfare of limitless beings as long as samsara exists. We might feel that spiritual practice is beyond us, but if we think and examine this carefully we will realize that spiritual practice is very easy. The child does not want to do what the mother says and gets angry, and the situation starts from there. Sometimes more fuel is necessary to help us move along.
Once we have contemplated them repeatedly, then we can again go back to Mahamudra practice. This person is an intelligent person. People who do not procrastinate, do their spiritual practice with a decisive attitude. Atisha went to Tibet in 1044 C. In other words, the main intent of the first turning is the understanding that the personal identity of a self is non-existent, and that the main practice is to develop realization of egolessness. I think it was just answered. All living beings are born, grow up, age, become sick, and pass away.
. The final one is the key instructions of the sixteen spheres which are practiced by everyone. Now, even in death, I shall have no regrets. Basically, we promise to work for the benefit of all other beings. It is not a matter of being successful, but of trying our best. Chekawa Yeshe Dorje 1102-1176 , for whom the practice had special significance, composed the seven points and taught them openly. In the completion stage, we dissolve everything into emptiness and remain with our mind resting in the nature of mind, the nature of all phenomena.
There are two things to consider: your previous karma and the immediate circumstances. Is everything we see in our dreams there? Geshe Chekewa decided to make these precious teachings more open out of his concern that they would be lost. If we have done generous and charitable acts during our lifetime, then there will be no shortage of possessions in the next rebirth. This has to be continuous and for a very long duration. Therefore, the path of Mahayana is the ground that leads to enlightenment attained when one has accomplished Tantrayana, the foundation being Hinayana, i. Practice ends at night when we examine ourselves to see if we have followed the mind training principles.
For example, when we are sleeping, our dream seems real to us when it is absolutely unreal: if it were real, then the dream would really be happening. What is it that prevents us from being liberated and attaining complete enlightenment? Suddenly a voice sang from somewhere in the sky, saying that the rod that had been circulating over the heads of these people would now stop and the people did not have to suffer any more. When this happens, we can visualize the root guru in the form of Gampopa or Atisha , because these teachings of mind training come from Atisha, who passed them down to Gampopa. These two should be made to ride on the breath. It may appear to be superstitious, but it really helps.
Our sole option, then, is to meditate on patience and compassion. For example, our eye consciousness will not be present or functioning when our eyes are closed or it is completely dark. The sixth verse of mind training deals with the commitment. It is a great pleasure for me to be here and to talk to you. Even up to this present moment, we have spent most of our time pursuing things totally related to this life only. At that time it is necessary to acknowledge this so we can be more diligent in ridding ourselves of the negative forces and put more energy into promoting the good forces. I am so tired, both mentally and physically, of spending time with so-and-so.
Supreme Bodhicitta in its two aspects is the secret for never veering from the Mahayana path. These teachings are very pithy and profound and they are especially aimed at achieving the ultimate level of reality. The condensed heart instructions are the five strengths: Practice them. It is very important to make a container for Shamatha practice. If we have any kind of suffering, we think that it is unbearable and that nobody else suffers as we do.
It is important to generate and develop loving kindness and compassion that everyone already has. Atisha almost died on the way because of violent storms, but whenever obstacles arose, he made fervent prayers to his chief deity Tara and always practiced loving-kindness and compassion. I guess you can never tell. We can begin by feeling for a friend in trouble and need; we can begin with someone close to us. So, first we examine outer phenomena to establish that they are like a dream ; then we look at mind itself and see that it is without birth, abiding, and cessation. In the following century, Tibet fell under the influence of King Langdarma who almost obliterated the Buddhist teachings, the lineage of precepts, and its institutions.