“Ah, powerful lord of space, omnipresent vajra, you must come to the definitive conclusion that none of the phenomena of samsara and nirvana exist, but are all empty, and realize their nature to be that of ineffability (med-pa).” — Vajrapani
The Dharma has two aspects exposition and practice. Exposition is only the work of the mouth, and many there are who do not practice the teachings explained. As the saying goes “Many have heard the Doctrine, but those who implement it are few. Often those who have practiced a little are side tracked and get lost.” As far as the Dharma is concerned, practice is more important than teaching and talking. The Dharma is something that we really have to do… It is better, moreover, to follow single-mindedly the instructions received from our teachers than to practice on the basis of our own book-learning and intelligence…
Of all our activities, the most important is to sit and practice. We should not move around too much, we should must remain on our seat. We will only stumble if we get up. We should sit properly, not too stiffly, and remember that the best practitioners wear out their meditation cushions, not the soles of their shoes.
Translated by Padmakara Translation Group
Excerpted from Enlightened Courage
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Permissions and Prohibitions: Their Mode of Abiding.
May it be virtuous.
You master the objects of knowledge,
you are the embodiment of compassion, the friends of living beings.
I bow down with devotion to the lamas,
who show unmistakenly what is to be adopted and what is to be abandoned.
You fortunate ones who apply yourselves to the Dharma,
with your intelligence, the vast door for entering,
apply yourselves in this way to the training
of what is to be stopped and what is to be accomplished,
according to cause and result, just as they are!
Desire, hatred and delusion:
What is born from those is unwholesome.
The suffering of Samsara in general,
and in particular that of the three miserable realms.
Arises from those causes and conditions.
Because it is not permitted
in neither the vows of individual liberation,
of Bodhicitta and of the Secret Mantra,
all that is prohibited
is prohibited since eternity.
Blessing must come from within your own mind. When the positive qualities of your mind increase and negativities decrease, that is what blessing means.
It is not something that comes from outside, even though we talk about a lama’s blessing or the blessing of the Three Objects of Refuge.
When the positive qualities of your mind increase and negativities decrease, that is what blessing means.
The Tibetan word for blessing is [byin rlab, pronounced “chin-lap”] can be broken into two parts — byin means “magnificent potential” and rlah means “to transform.” So byin rlab means transforming into magnificent potential.
Therefore, blessing refers to the development of virtuous qualities that you did not previously have and the improvement of those good qualities that you have already developed. It also means decrement of defilement of the mind that obstruct the generation of wholesome qualities.
So actual blessing is received when the mind’s virtuous attributes gain strength and its defective characteristics weaken or deteriorate.”
We read in the Vimalakirti Nirdesha Sutra, that Tara says:
“In this life there is no such distinction as ‘male’ and ‘female,’ ‘self-identity,’ ‘a person,’ nor any perception (of such). Therefore, attachment to the idea of ‘male’ and ‘female’ is quite worthless. Weak-minded worldlings are continually deluded by this.”
However, the sutra goes on to record the following vow by Tara:
“There are many who wish to gain enlightenment in a man’s form, and there are but few who wish to work for the welfare of sentient beings in a female form.
Therefore, may I, in a female body, work for the welfare of beings until samsara has been emptied.”
Sublime and noble Lady with your circle,
Lovingly regard me with compassion, free of thought.
Bless me so the aims of all my prayers
Can be fulfil led without obstacles.
May the Buddha’s teachings spread and flourish !
May its holders live in harmony and good health !
May obstacles that threaten them subside !
May their teachings and practice prosper !
May sickness and famine, fighting and strife, all recede !
May spiritual richness increase even further !
May the spiritual rulers’ kingdoms expand !
May every country, near and far, have harmony !
Protect us from untimely death and the sixteen threats,
From menacing dreams and sinister omens,
From the miseries of samsara’s lower realms,
From every peril, now and always !
Increase our life, merit, capacity, experience and realization !
May harmful notions not intrude!
May the twofold awakened mind arise, free of effort !
May our aims be fulfilled in accordance with the Dharma !
From now until supreme enlightenment,
Always guard us with your kindness
Like a mother protects her only child.
May we be indivisible from you !
This book is a collection of insightful quotes, inspirational sayings and heartfelt advices from His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche – a Tibetan lama of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, a highly accomplished and realized yogi, a skillful teacher, and the beloved Guru of many of us – whom I dearly call “Apa-la”.
The current 8th Garchen Rinpoche was the incarnation of a 12th century highly realized yogi named Gar Chodingpa, one of the heart disciples of the famed Jigten Sumgon, Kyobpa Rinpoche – founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage that traces back to the great translator-yogi, Marpa Lotsawa, and the greatest poet-yogi of Tibet, Milarepa.
Garchen Rinpoche, well-known for his vast realization, kindness and compassion, is highly revered not only by masters and disciples of his own lineage but also masters and disciples of other traditions.
The book contains 108 exceptional insights and wisdom on the essence teachings of the Buddha, addressing the Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, the infallible law of karma, and the ultimate practices of the relative Bodhicitta and the absolute Bodhicitta. It is hoped that these quotes of love and wisdom can spread far and wide with the sole wish to bring peace and happiness into the world and to benefit all sentient beings without exception.
Each quote is illustrated with a special photo of Garchen Rinpoche – just that we always remember vividly and diligently follow the wonderful qualities, enlightened activities, profound teachings and direct instructions of our Guru.
This book is not possible without the unconditional support from many Dharma teachers, brothers, sisters, translators, friends and Centers around the world that have graciously shared these special words and photos of Garchen Rinpoche through various media channels and social networks. Special Thanks go to Ina Dhargye for translating and transcribing Rinpoche’s quotes and making them available to everyone.
Our deepest gratitude goes to Garchen Rinpoche for all of the precious teachings especially the examples and experience of his life that he has been providing and sharing with all of us.
May I never be separated from the precious Bodhicitta. May I always follow in the footsteps of the Precious One to benefit all beings and to help eliminate the sufferings for as long as space endures and for as long as living beings remain.
With Prayers and Love,
Drikung Dharma Surya Center
Centreville, Virginia, U.S.A.
Garchen Rinpoche reviews the Book while sangha members are watching
Question: A friend’s … died about … She wants to know how she can best support him/her- especially during the next few weeks. Your mind is connected to your father’s mind through a bond of love. If you send him pure love, it will melt his self-grasping. But, your love must also be selfless.
Your mind is connected to your father’s mind through a bond of love. If you send him pure love, it will melt his self-grasping. But, your love must also be selfless.
Garchen Rinpoche: Your mind is connected to your father’s mind through a bond of love. If you send him pure love, it will melt his self-grasping. But, your love must also be selfless. Therefore, you should practice a deity, such as Amitabha or Chenrezik, and recite their mantra.
When you think of your father, cultivate love for all beings who have been your fathers, and then meditate. As our minds are connected, it will reach him.
When you think of your father, cultivate love for all beings who have been your fathers, and then meditate. As our minds are connected, it will reach him. When his self-grasping then diminishes, he will be liberated, or at least be born as a precious human being.