Showing posts from August 9, 2009

Marshmallow Determination

In Tibetan society, when someone becomes ill, he or she begins to practice hard. They redouble their meditation practice and their prayers. However, it is so interesting that in the west, sometimes this is different, but as soon as we get a little sniffle, we say, "I am not going to meditate today. I do not feel quite well enough." It should be instead, “When things get tough, the tough go to their meditation cushions!” The tough increase their meditation time. This is determination. I have students, when their pet passed away, stopped meditating for a long time because they could not sit, they felt too sad. It is better to pray for your pet's arrival in pet heaven or for a good rebirth, but do not stop meditating. Do not discourage yourself from meditating. Find ways within difficult situations that make it imperative for you to practice. In that way, the nature of diamond motivation comes alive in you. Do not be like marshmallow inside. Have diamond determi

How Do You Know When You Are Enlightened?

Student: When enlightenment comes, you dissolve into nothing, and that's what it is. You would know, because you would not know anything. Student:To receive blessings to become enlightened, we have to give up relationships with our loved ones and with those we choose to be near and dear. Maybe it's a Western idea; if you want to become enlightened, you must stand alone, leave your spouse and children behind, and that is sad to me. You have left everything that you like or been committed to behind. Or you kick them out? You have to sacrifice them. Rinpoche: The fact that it is not true bears no relationship to the way that you think it is. Many in the West are ripe for transformation, but cannot, because they were indoctrinated into strange ideas about what enlightenment is, or how you will be, how you will feel once enlightened. There you are: enlightened, poof! You disappear! I see bits and pieces of valid path here that have become fearful instead of balanced and ca

Theravada and Mahayana stages of Buddhist development

There are three stages of training. Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana, as well as within each of those, the outer practices and the inner practices. New Buddhists should understand the different approaches most clearly in the similarities and differences between the first two stages. There were 18 original Theravadin schools in the earlier times, but none exists in the pure form anymore. They have evolved into Buddhism practiced in Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand, as well as other places. Hinayana is a term used by the Mahayana. Hinayana means small vehicle. Mahayana means greater vehicle. You can see who named it. However, Hinayana practitioners call their tradition Theravadan or the path of the elders. The outer practices of the pure Theravadan emphasize a reduction in interest in samsaric or worldly involvement. We are calling this the first of three stages of training, which means that in Tibetan Buddhism, the Hinayana does exist, not as a process in and for itself. It is an

Liberty Diner Memories and the Albuquerque Balloon Festival

Photo is in front of the Liberty Diner in Liberty NY where I enjoyed many meals in my just previous life before passing away in September of 2001. I remembered it well because we used to stop here after shopping in town. When I went in, I saw the hostess and remembered her face although I never saw her in this new life. I said hello, do you remember the small Tibetan monk who used to eat here often? She said yes I do, but I have not seen him in a long time. I said to her that is because I passed away. I am the reincarnation of that one. Oh, she said, I remember that I took a photo of him in front of the diner once. Yes, I remember that too. Then I sat down to order my usual vanilla ice cream. Place not change at all. a teaching I gave at the fantastic balloon festival- more than 1000 balloons! I am describing how advanced students behave before transformation and inner structure of higher level beings. Enjoy!