Showing posts from July 10, 2011

Compassionate Chanting

For capable practitioners, her or his compassionate power of chanting of mantra and recitation of prayers can dramatically change the environment of a troubled space. The influence of mantra can either/both cleanse and empower the surroundings, people or even objects. It is important to understand that this ability can only come with authentic transformation of the practitioner and not simply an opening to gain powers. This is Tantric dharma! ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~~

Die mitfühlende Kraft des Mantragesangs oder der Gebetsrezitation durch fähige Übende kann eine schwieriges Umfeld dramatisch verändern. Der Einfluss des Mantras kann die Umgebung, Menschen oder sogar Dinge sowohl reinigen wie auch mit Kraft ausstatten. Es ist wichtig zu verstehen, dass diese Fähigkeit nur durch authentische Transformation des Übenden entstehen kann und nicht einfach eine Öffnung ist, um Macht zu gewinnen. Dies ist tantrisches Dharma!" - Domo Geshe Rinpoche ---

Displacing Perfection

Regarding the path of preparation to the awakened state, the delusions are displacing perfection. Practicing the delusions will never result in discovering perfection. ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~

"Was den vorbereitenden Pfad zum erwachten Zustand betrifft, so verdrängen die Täuschungen dort die Vollkommenheit. Täuschungen zu praktizieren wird niemals zur Entdeckung der Vollkommenheit führen." - Domo Geshe Rinpoche --

Teaching Dharma advances the view of karma in order to improve it. Each day has a special meditation to sample new views of the intricacies of root, rot and rejoice karma.

Karma is Like a Bird Dog

Karma is like a bird dog who brings you the dead things you shot that now you will need to deal with. ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~~

"Das Karma ist wie ein Jagdhund, der Dir die toten Dinge bringt, die Du geschossen hast, mit denen Du Dich jetzt befassen musst." - Domo Geshe Rinpoche ---

Good Deeds and Poison

We can do with our mind what is impossible with the body.. isn't that so?
Classic Tibetan Lojong mind training aphorism: “Give up poison food.”
When we do virtuous actions with hidden motivations, there are many difficult states of mind that will be also be invited to participate and fed. Traditional Buddhist teachings focus on the problem of self-cherishing as the primary target of our transformative work. However, out of habit and deluded self-protection, even long time Buddhist practitioners will continue to choose self-serving elements that do not superficially appear as self-cherishing.
That is why it is difficult to root out the rot of virtue. It is easy to spontaneously select a tainted justification for actions. Virtuous activities can be done with a contaminated agenda, while still feeling that you are doing something good, it is actually poisonous to yourself.
The unawakened continue to suffer by consuming the food of massaged motivation, which has bec…

Lies, Clowns and Control Freaks

Classic Buddhist mind training advice: “Do not lie in ambush.” A common strategy for a controlling-type personality is to energetically lie to someone by giving a good poker face, and leading someone on. It is often used as the basis for telling a good joke too. This same strategy, in its high form, is also a Socratic method of teaching.
So, what is the difference between these? One has motivation to control another, to draw someone into a position by making them fear to do otherwise, and then punishing her or him, while others have more beneficial intentions.
The underlying structure for telling a good joke is to wait in ambush to make them laugh and enjoy. A good joker pretends to do one thing, then springs out with another way to see it. For example; at a circus, a tiny car roars into the ring, and many clowns get out. We laugh because it is unexpected, and we release tension in a positive way. Or a clown chases another clown with a bucket that we are certai…

Your Parents Live in You!

In a way, you are still alive in your parents and in a way, your parents live in you. Can you feel them inside you sometimes reminding you? Even sometimes hearing their voice? In a similar way, it is possible to give a piece of yourself to someone you love... perhaps that was done too soon, but it seems the way many develop close relationships. Perhaps we might have inappropriately given away the very part of our self that helps us feel more alive and happy and still it sticks to them. Then, we might feel punished by them and want to feel whole and safe again.
Long life practices such as white Tara help to call back lost energy or connections that have become source of suffering and sometimes even make us feel ill. That is why it is a part of long life practice. ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~

"Buddhistischer Rat zur Überwindung von Schwierigkeiten

Auf gewisse Weise bist Du noch in Deinen Eltern lebendig und sie leben auf gewisse Weise in Dir weiter. Kannst Du manchmal fü…

Mental Freedom

We could say that the outer dharma teachings are like the ink on a page while valid mental constructs are stimulated by the configurations of letters and words.
May living beings be free
Not just political freedom
Not just freedom of choice
Not just freedom of movement

May living beings have mental freedom
May living beings have freedom from suffering
May living beings have freedom of the liberated state ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~~~

Mögen alle Lebewesen frei sein
Nicht nur politische Freiheit
Nicht nur die Freiheit der Auswahl
Nicht nur die Freiheit sich frei zu bewegen

Mögen alle Lebewesen geistige Freiheit haben
Mögen alle Lebewesen frei von Leiden sein
Mögen alle Lebewesen die Freiheit des befreiten Zustands erlangen" - Domo Geshe Rinpoche

I have suggested to students to sometimes see other drivers as dear brothers from previous times. It changes the way they relate to others on the road. (Works for fellow travelers to enlightenment on the path as well)