WORDS OF WISDOM

hether we choose to practice or not, it is essential to all of us regardless of our background.

Our focus hereon is the practice, not burning incense, prostrating to the buddhas, or reciting the sutras. If we read Diamond Sutra in the morning and KŞitigarbhasūtra in the evening, this constitutes recitation, not practice. Although reciting the sutras can contribute to the accumulation of merit and help the practice, it is not true practice.

What constitutes a true practice? It is contemplation on precious human birth, the impermanence of life, and the other preliminaries. This discussion on the practice of the Four Dharma Seals is based on the teaching of Mipham Rinpoche, but overall, it is training in renunciation and bodhicitta, and gaining realization of emptiness of self through practices in Madhyamaka and Dzogchen.

This is the library of Harvard University. I have always liked books ever since my childhood. Books give me a sense of peace, a touching feeling, and joy. The Buddha also said, "In the future, I will appear in the form of words."

~ Khenpo's blog published on May 4, 2018

When fundamental ignorance arises, our mind has already moved away from clarity to its second level. What is fundamental ignorance? At this level or state, the mind, prior to entering clarity, is very calm and relaxed and totally free of thought — correct, incorrect, good, bad, painful, happy... .

To be more specific, the origin of mind is clarity; subsequently, within clarity, slight undulations begin to form; when these undulations appear, the first moment of fundamental ignorance is produced. Although the innate clarity of the mind remains unchanged at this time, fundamental ignorance has already separated from clear light to form our consciousness. Here fundamental ignorance is likened to a ripple in the ocean. Although the ripple is not yet a wave, the calm ocean surface is not quite the same and is showing signs of undercurrent.

~ Depicted from Luminous Wisdom Book Series : The suffering of the paper tiger

Whether we can live a happy life at any time, any place all depends on our minds, not the condition of external environment. If so, why don't we train our minds instead of trying so hard to change the environment we are in?

~ Inspirational Quote from Khenpo's blog

This is the third time to Harvard University where I hope to learn more from the neuroscientists there about the scientific results from research done on meditation. Buddhist practitioners all know the effect of meditation, but it has never been quantified in the Buddhist system. I think it is very meaningful how scientists use data to support their theories. -- April 25, 2018

If the deceased received empowerment in his or her lifetime and was a serious practitioner, the guru or dharma friends can guide the deceased to liberation now by following the instructions contained in Bardo Tödröl. If liberation is not attained at this stage, the deceased will face rebirth next.

When rebirth is about to take place, the bardo being will encounter a man and a woman in sexual intercourse. If the being is to be reborn as a male, it will feel anger and jealousy toward the man but desire for the woman; if the being is to be born as a female, it will harbor anger and jealousy toward the woman but desire for the man. As long as desire and anger are both present, rebirth will take place immediately. The first few months after taking rebirth, one remains unconscious. Because this period of unconsciousness lasts a long time, one forgets everything that happened in the last life after being born.

Depicted from Luminous Wisdom Book Series : On Death And Rebirth-How to Take Rebirth

Having reached the ninth level of the building, our goal now is to realise the nature of emptiness. There are a variety of effective practices to accomplish this realisation, such as those presented in the Dzogchen teachings, the Mahamudra teachings, and in the Chinese Chan tradition.

Depicted from "Buddhism in the 21st Century - Part 59" June, Sydney, Australia

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking chose the birthday of Albert Einstein to leave this world. The unfinished journey of physics that he left behind seems more mysterious and troubling. But impermanence is the hardest truth in the world; everything looks so fragile in front of it.

~ Khenpo's blog published on 14 March 2018

It is important that we remind ourselves of the significance of bodhicitta when we are engaging in any kind of positive act, whether that be making offerings, reading sutras, prostrating and so on.

Depicted from "Guide to the Four Preliminary Practices 3 - Part 2" April, 2015, Vancouver, Canada