Showing posts from August 22, 2010

Success from a Buddhist POV

Become the person capable of success. Being will always be more efficient than doing. Doing should be done only as a last ditch method.
Perhaps leaping to do something could be moderated by first establishing a sense of being. Often there is nothing special to do. When it requires doing, then the action will be more skillful ~Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~
""Werde jemand, der fähig zum Erfolg ist. 'Sein' wird immer wirkungsvoller sein als 'Tun'. 'Tun' sollte immer nur die letzte Notlösung sein.
Vielleicht könnte man voreiliges Handeln zügeln, indem man zunächst einen Sinn für das Sein entwickelt. Es gibt oft garnichts besonderes zu tun. Wenn 'Tun' erforderlich ist wird die Handlung dann geschickter sein." - Domo Geshe Rinpoche ---"

Thoughts on Bodhisattva Attitudes

The skillful means developed in the path of the Bodhisattva is not about sitting in reality. Mahayana Buddhists learn to let go of self absorption to see the real issues facing others and ourselves in daily life, which obstruct our ability to awaken. To solve a problem, take away personal agenda and open up a new view of the situation. Perhaps the problem will resolve to our benefit or perhaps not.
Most problems arise when we try to control others to make them obey us or to allow others to control us.
The third way is to work on the problem without trying to personally win or lose. This is how Bodhisattvas behave with others without neediness or becoming angry. ~Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~""Bei den kunstfertigen Fähigkeiten, die auf dem Bodhisattvaweg entwickelt werden, geht es nicht darum, in der Wirklichkeit zu verweilen. Mahayanabuddhisten lernen die Selbstversunkenheit loszulassen, um die wahren Belange zu sehen, die andere und uns im täglichen Leben konfrontiere…

Dissapointment and Making Real Change

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Domo Geshe Rinpoche is a reincarnate Lama of the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The Domo Geshe Rinpoche lineage includes Je Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and the great Geshe Jampa Chombe. As a reincarnate, Domo Geshe Rinpoche has accomplished extensive training and retreats in the traditional manner. Rinpoche's current incarnation has been teaching in the United States for a number of years, held numerous retreats and given other spiritual training from the Geluk and tantric lineage. The current Western incarnation of Domo Geshe Rinpoche arrived through rare and powerful tantric methods in order to transmit the authentic Dharma to students in the Western cultural context. This incarnation of Domo Geshe Ri…

Buddhist Solutions for Loneliness and Abandonment

Buddhism in the West is often observed to be the practice of dispelling (superficial) suffering while increasing spiritual arrogance by using the same method of education as schools use. Most Buddhist countries, (often 3rd world), practice a more experiential Buddhism dispelling manifest suffering while increasing self confidence that the individual can accomplish the goal. What a huge difference that makes in how Buddhism should be presented so that the desired result of awakening is obtained. ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~~~

Im Westen kann man beobachten, dass der Buddhismus oft als eine Praxis benutzt wird um (oberflächliches) Leid zu vertreiben, während die spirituelle Arroganz zunimmt, indem dieselben Erziehungsmethoden wie in der Schule angewandt werden. Die meisten buddhistischen Länder (oft in der 3. Welt) praktizieren erfahrungsbezogenen Buddhismus, der vorhandenes Leid vertreibt, während das Selbstvertrauen zunimmt, dass das Individuum sein Ziel erreichen kann. Es gibt einen Riese…

Simplify, Make Room to Dance

Simplify; practice reducing the stifling clutter preventing you from living life fully. Simplify; you need physical and mental space to stretch and grow by moving. Living is an uncomplicated art that should lift your essence by hearing the inner music and moving unimpeded. The space that surrounds you could be like a dance floor; safe, smooth and empty. ~Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~
"Vereinfache,...übe Dich darin, den erdrückenden Wirrwarr zu reduzieren, der Dich daran hindert, Dein Leben voll und ganz zu leben. Vereinfache: Du brauchst körperlichen und geistigen Raum, um Dich zu strecken und durch Bewegung zu wachsen. Das Leben ist eine unkomplizierte Kunst, und sollte Deine Essenz anheben, indem Du innere Musik vernimmst und Dich ungehindert bewegst. Der Raum, der Dich umgibt, sollte wie ein Tanzboden sein; glatt und leer." - Domo Geshe Rinpoche ---

a Human Being is Nearly Unlimited and a new Free Podcast

listen to Dealing with Change in Everyday Life
the most recent free podcast teaching

A human being is nearly unlimited in her or his capacity to grow, change and benefit so many others. In general, our related animal realm is limited due to captivity, limited intelligence and more restrictions in its ability to adapt to anything beyond its natural habitat. On the other hand, humans go into the sky and outer space, or under the sea and earth by adapting to harsh circumstances. The human mind can even transcend identity with its vehicle, the human body, and become a cultivated awakened being. This is the greatest feat of a human being! ~Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~
""Menschliche Wesen haben eine beinah unbegrenzte Fähigkeit zu wachsen, sich zu verändern und so vielen Anderen Gutes zu tun. Im allgemeinen ist der uns verwandte tierische Bereich begrenzt, da es dort Gefangenschaft, beschränkte Intellig…

Wisconsin Buddhist teachings

Domo Geshe Rinpoche will be teaching in Madison & Baraboo from Friday, Sep 17 - Wednesday, Sep 22. Bring a Friend!

Rinpoche is teaching Creating a Balanced Yoga and Meditation Practice at Joyful Path this Sunday, August 29th.
See Joyful Path for more info.

Madison & Baraboo Teachings!

Making Your Life Count

Domo Geshe Rinpoche
Words of My Perfect Teacherby Patrul Rinpocheteaches the Lam Rim stages of the Buddhist path to enlightenment and is suitable for both beginning and advanced students. Rinpoche will give ongoing commentary on this text which will focus on the impermanence of life. How can we make the most of this precious human life and move forward on our evolutionary path to transformation? Evening Teaching Series
BarabooNo Time to Waste: Understanding Why You Are Really HereSeptember 17th, Friday, 7-8:30 pmCafé of Life, 701 Ash St.
What is the purpose of life? Why are you really here? Understanding deeply the answers to these questio…

The Human Brain is Fantastic! Who Created It?

A healthy human brain is amazing in its complexity and functions. Who could argue that the causes and conditions of a human body and mind could be anything other than God? So, what are the causes and conditions of God? ~DGR ~~~

"Ein gesundes menschliches Gehirn ist unglaublich in seiner Komplexität und in a...ll seinen Funktionen. Wer könnte bestreiten, dass die Ursachen und Bedingungen des menschlichen Körpers und Geists etwas anderes als Gott sein könnten? Also, was sind die Ursachen und Bedingungen von Gott?" -DGR---

How Previous Lives Make it Too Easy!

A giant tree has a huge root system to nurture and hold it through rough weather and dry times. It holds its energy during the hard winter as sap, rising again when spring is warm enough to begin new growth.
Traditional practitioners, (people who have been strong meditators in previous lives), are like this. Their root system is made from unactivated positive karma, virtue and merit that cushion hardships as well as inner connections with enlightened beings established during times of great progress.
While waiting for the opportunity to continue their growth, some who are qualified to make effort in their present life do not, and instead become discouraged and stop looking for a suitable way of life to support their inner growth.
Do not give up! Spring is arriving! ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~

""Ein riesiger Baum hat ein enormes Wurzelsystem, dass ihn bei rauhem Wetter und in harten Zeiten ernährt und aufrecht erhält. Während des Winters enthält es seine Energie als Saft, der wiede…

Shifts in Identity toward Awakening short video

Excerpt from the 2010 Summer Retreat with Domo Geshe Rinpoche, on 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva by Thogme Zangpo.

What is a Sentient Being?


Grand Transitions Hospice and Institute

So little is known about end of life in the West. People are only now becoming aware that there are special processes and/or arrangements that need to be made for an individual at the end of life. The most important process at end of life is to realize that the individual who is in the process of passing away is energetically returning to their source. The individual is literally reabsorbed into his or her original being (which, by the way, has no gender). This process can go on for a significant amount of time before that individual passes away. And during that time that individual needs to have a very different kind of care, in order for that process to go smoothly.

The Highest View in Buddhism

The real beauty of the Buddhist Prasangika Madhyamika view is that it does not contradict even simple ordinary observation. Yes, things do exist; even fleeting thoughts have an existence. How they exist is by interdependence: cause and effect. The cause of more subtle objects, such as a human consciousness, is a previous moment of consciousness, which acts as a container for mental objects such as perceptions and thoughts.
To deny that thoughts exist is to pretend to be beyond cause and effect as a method to stop suffering. This will lead to nihilism and a dry unforgiving nature. Objects, subtle and gross such as thoughts or chairs do not ultimately exist or produce their own existence. They have an illusory existence which means that they do not exist in reality in the manner that they appear to a perceiving base such as a mind.
Instead of trying to shame ourselves for being illusory, let us use our thoughts to improve the basis of our human nature, achieving a real perceptual awakenin…

Thoughts on Worldly Religion and Lotus Pond

Worldly religion leads to self satisfaction, the very perception that must be discarded. Even transcendent based religions can become worldly. The preservation of the liberating teachings should be held like a lotus... not like a stone or a hammer. ~DGR ~~~

""Weltliche Religion führt zu Selbstzufriedenheit, genau jener Wahrnehmung, die losgelassen werden muss. Selbst Religionen mit transzendenter Grundlage können weltlich werden. Die Bewahrung der befreienden Lehren sollte wie ein Lotus gehalten werden... nicht wie ein Stein." -DGR---"

As cool as a lotus pond, bottoms covered with pearl and silver dust. May you pass your days in delight, refreshed in the Dharma. ~DGR ~~~

Thoughts on Circular Time and Virtue

We will become transformed by our virtue and by no other means. Virtue is the natural path of evolutionary development toward Perfect Awakening called Complete Buddhahood. The pure lands are places where living beings are inspired by clarity which manifests as beneficial conduct called virtue. ~Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~

‎"Wir werden durch unsere Tugend und nicht durch andere Mittel transformiert werden. Tugendhaftigkeit ist der natürliche Pfad evolutionärer Entwicklung hin zum Perfekten Erwachen, das man Vollkommene Buddhaschaft nennt. Die reinen Bereiche sind Orte, an denen lebende Wesen durch Klarheit inspiriert werden, die sich in wohltätigem Verhalten äußert, welches Tugend genannt wird." - Domo Geshe Rinpoche ---

Some say time is circular, but as perceptual beings, how could we experience that? It certainly is possible to open to a more vast view of time in the present moment, (actually the only time we are alive). We can and do predict that a future exists by extra…