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It is the Healthy Ego Which Attains Enlightenment

It is the healthy ego which attains enlightenment. That means that the result of correct Buddhist training does not beat our sustaining life force but enters it into correct alignment with higher being. This is the method of the Heruka tantras. There is a renewed life force vigor that comes from aligning our energetic being with higher functioning values of heroic compassion inner models. To damage our life force by beating it into submission when we begin to feel stronger and more capable, weakens the trust between body and mind and would prevent correct tantric practice.

Inappropriate pride that struggles to control what belongs to higher being is the wrong ego and false self. Compassion practices change our perceptions about self and its relationship to others and allows false pride to dissolve. The reduction of self-cherishing dissolves wrong views based on primary self-interest and allows the remaining self-interest to attach to a valid transitional object; whatever is the current…

Quantum Bodhisattvas

Quantum physics are still descriptive science, whereas the quantum shift of perception to a more evolved state of being is the Buddhas way. The bhumis, or stages of bodhisattva development, are clarified perceptual states that are not fixed but generalized. The quantum shifts of consciousness are distinct entries into other states. I teach how living beings are alive, with an inner based view. A gross physical is not necessary to understand inner realities. Most bodhisattvas do not, and have never emanated into the human realm! There are myriad living beings in many forms that are on the path to perfect buddhahood. Domo Geshe Rinpoche

"Die Quantenphysik ist immernoch eine beschreibende Wissenschaft, während der Weg des Buddhas eine Quantenverschiebung der Wahrnehmung zu einem höheren Seinszustand ist. Die Bhumis, oder Entwicklungsstadien der Bodhisattvas, sind gereinigte Wahrnehmungszustände, die feststehen, aber nicht verallgemeinert werden können. Die Quantenverschiebungen des B…

Compassion Awareness

Awareness of the suffering of others opens our hearts and makes us capable of compassion. However, we do not carry suffering into our practice, we carry the results, which is an underlying compassion.
Compassion is not about suffering! It is the great source of enlightened power of the buddhas and bodhisattvas. That is deep joy! DGR

"Das Gewahrsein über das Leiden anderer, öffnet unsere Herzen und befähigt uns, Mitgefühl zu empfinden. In unsere Praxis übernehmen wir allerdings nicht das Leiden, sondern nur das daraus resultierende grundlegende Mitgefühl.
Beim Mitgefühl geht es nicht um das Leiden! Es ist eine große Quelle erleuchteter Macht der Buddhas und Bodhisattvas. Das ist tiefe Freude!" DGR

Empathic Compassion

To break the spell of our own self interest over others situation and needs, we should make strong efforts to see things from their point of view. However, genuine compassion lies beyond empathy, which can result in debilitating sadness, or confusion regarding a correct ethical position, when the remedy of compassion/empathic identification is over done. I have seen many compassionate people who move from empathy to anger instead of continuing on to true cultivation of compassion. Domo Geshe Rinpoche

"Um den Bann zu brechen, der unser Selbstinteresse über die Situation und die Bedürfnisse anderer stellt, sollten wir große Anstrengungen unternehmen, um die Dinge aus ihrer Sicht zu sehen. Allerdings geht echtes Mitgefühl über Empathie hinaus, die in lähmender Traurigkeit oder Verwirrung über die korrekte ethische Position enden kann, wenn das Heilmittel der mitfühlenden/empathischen Identifikation übertrieben zum Einsatz kommt. Ich habe viele mitfühlende Leute erlebt, die von Empat…

How Faith and Trust Issues Apply to Refuge

We might consider that we are not as safe as we want to be in our life, especially if we are going to emerge from our cocoon to be of altruistic benefit to others. Once our natural fears have been somewhat allayed by taking sincere refuge in the Buddha to overcome old feelings of being unsafe, we will automatically feel more confident and capable of opening our hearts into higher, more clarified emotional states. We probably will even feel safe enough to poke our nose out into the world of new concepts, and begin to experience faith arising, the second form of refuge in the Buddha.

Up until that point, there is no faith. Having generalized fear, which generates a lack of trust, and having faith would be mutually exclusive, isn’t that so?  As long we hold trust issues, as long as we are experiencing manifest fear, and a lack of safety, faith is an unreasonable sensation. We have to find somewhere we feel safe, and the intelligent are receptive to hear about the qualities of refuge.

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Overcoming Contradictions in the Dharma Teachings

There are many instances where the Buddha said one thing, and then later said exactly the opposite. How do we understand exactly what we are supposed to do, and which advice do we follow first? To help us, great Atisha wrote the first Lam Rim around the year 1000, which is a guide to the Buddhas teachings in the order needed to gain realizations. It is called “Lamp for the Path” and is still available in bookstores, in many languages. This is a small book, and naturally, as things go on, you get big books out of small books. It should work the other way around, but it does not.

Later teachers have taken the format of Lam Rim, to present their own extensive commentaries on the Buddhas teachings, some of which have become quite famous. “Lam Rim Chenmo” by Je Tsongkapa, “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” by Je Phabonka Rinpoche and “Words of My Perfect Teacher” by Patrul Rinpoche are only a few of the many Lam Rims.

Generally, the primary teachings or the introductory teachings of Buddh…

Red Lotus Buddhist Wisdom

Even though it might seem that enlightenment is far away, we cannot judge our own progress. If we sit by the side of a lotus pond to observe a lotus emerging, the bud forming and growing tall, its petals opening to full development, it will seem as though nothing is happening. The movements of growth are imperceptible to our senses. Like that, our spiritual growth can be imperceptible to us, but day by day, we approach our own full flowering.

excerpt Red Lotus Buddhist Wisdom by D G Rinpoche

Auch wenn es erscheint als sei die Erleuchtung in weiter Ferne k... See Moreönnen wir unseren eigenen Fortschritt doch nicht beurteilen. Wenn wir am Ufer eines Lotosteichs sitzen, um einen Lotos erscheinen zu sehen, wie sich die Knospe formt und grösser wird und sich die Blütenblätter zur vollen Blüte öffnen, wird es uns vorkommen als ob nichts passiert. Die Wa…

Sound and Balanced Mind

Relying on a sound and balanced mind is like using a strong flexible springboard for diving deep and barely making a wave! DGR

"Sich auf einen gesunden und ausgeglichenen Geist zu verlassen, ist als ob man ein starkes flexibles Sprungbrett für einen tiefen Sprung benutzt und dabei kaum Wellen schlägt!" DGR

Poetry in Buddhism

Poetry has quite come out of favor, except for its loyal followers, because people find verse is not as easy to understand. However, most scripture that remains for us to cogitate upon to grow and meditate with, is in poetic verse form. I suppose that anything that  was worth saying in spiritual advice was generally done in verse form. It was considered good manners and respectful to create verse rather than prose. Buddhist scriptures have been translated into verse structure from the Buddha’s words in Pali into Sanskrit, and from that, into Tibetan, English, and most of the world languages. Right now, we are able to access the poetic exposition of the Buddha’s words in English, hoping that the nuances of His meanings remain and were not carried off by poetic license and pentameter!

Because poetry style is not as common as prose, when we try to understand Buddha’s or earlier masters words in scriptural verse, we feel alerted that this requires a special kind of sacred respect. In addit…

Rigpa and States of Mind

I am observing the large bucket of water outside my door that freezes and thaws daily. It is only water but moves from solid to a liquid states due to conditions, isn't that so? Like that, an enlightened mind is also changeable, forming states of mind but again returns to an uncontaminated natural state. What is described as rigpa, acts as the invitation to the natural unsolidified state of the mind that is more alert to inner balance. Mind with a lack of obstacles is delighted to rest in that state. Eventually, mind will be capable of rest while still active. ~Domo Geshe Rinpoche

Victorious are the Buddhas!

Victorious are the Buddhas already! They have conquered the delusions and held the door open for us to enter the enlightened state! The Buddha has dedicated his huge merits for our awakening. ~Domo Geshe Rinpoche~~~

Understanding refuge and triage

Understanding refuge makes a very good student. The face of the student who is active in good refuge looks bright and clean. They are suitable to receive teachings of the Dharma. Before this, teachings are all triage! Who is the worst walking wounded? Your lama is willing to do a great amount of triage to get committed students to the place where they can actually receive higher teachings. Makes sense? ~Domo Geshe Rinpoche~~

"Wenn man das Zufluchtnehmen richtig versteht, ist man ein sehr guter Schüler. Bei einer guten Zufluchtnahme sieht das Gesicht der Schüler hell und rein aus. Sie sind dann in der Lage Dharmalehren zu empfangen. Bevor dies geschieht, sind Unterweisungen eigentlich nur zur Sichtung da! Wer humpelt am allerschlimmsten? Euer Lama ist bereit eine ganze Menge Sichtung durchzuführen, um engagierte Schüler dorthin zu führen, wo sie tatsächlich höhere Unterweisungen erhalten können. Macht das Sinn?"

Thought for Sunday on vulnerability (read in Eng,Sp,Fr,Ger,It)

Have you ever been in a wonderful butterfly park? Ah, it is so amazing! There are butterflies everywhere you look. If you put your finger out, a delicate butterfly will come and land there. You feel like, oh my gosh, I have to tread softly through this space so that I do not disturb them.

At the appropriate time in spiritual development, our butterflies of higher being are about to emerge from their cocoons, but the rawness of our dysfunctions acts like a big wind to your butterflies! This time of sacred awakening is very tender, very tender. You want to feel that you are in a very safe place where there are no predators, where you can feel comfortably vulnerable. Isn’t that so?

What most people in the West call this bad word “vulnerable,” is actually the tenderness of the environment and you interacting. As soon as feelings of vulnerability come, most people want to just pull in and lock down. Literally, they do not want to emerge. We must learn how to be happy in this correct vulnerab…