When practicing guru yoga, we are not only visualizing Guru Rinpoche, but also visualizing the union of inner guru and outer guru, we receive empowerment through the blessing from outer guru, and the benefits of the empowerment is the cause of vast, secret, wisdom and word empowerment bestowed by guru, and the consequence is we can reach the achievement of the five kayas and widoms such as dharmakaya, sambhogakaya and nirmanakaya…etc in the future, the empowerment in the same time will also cleanse the most subtle habits and obstacles of three gates. Under the moment, we need to focus on our guru, and Guru Rinpoche, and in the same time dedicating the merits of practicing guru yoga to all the sentient beings, praying for reaching the great accomplishment of buddhahood, or even attaining vidyadhara in Guru Rinpoche’s pureland (Oddiyana) before buddhahood. We need to pray for these great accomplishments not just for small worldly benefits (health, wealth…etc), and these worldly benefits will follow without pursuing deliberately.
— Dudjom Sangye Pema Shepa Rinpoche Repost from – 敦珠法王官網 – H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche Official Page
By the request of the Vajrayana Foundation Ngondro Program, Thadral Tulku Rinpoche began a new monthly Ngondro Teaching Series on “How to Meditate with Confidence” which coincidently began in January 2023. Because the Annual Ngondro Retreat occurred in April, here is a brief review of the March 8th teaching to prepare us for the upcoming Monthly Ngondro Teaching on May 10th at 5 pm. If you are a Ngondro Program Participant, please watch your registered email for the YouTube link to join by livestream. You will find a list of the YouTube Teaching links from January to current at the end.
“Omniscient Wisdom arises from the root of compassion.
It arises from the object of Bodhicitta.
And through skillful means it is perfected. “
~ Shakyamuni Buddha
“Whether we are doing Ngondro Practice or whether we are doing some other Main Practice, all the practices we do have to encompass the view or be sealed with the view. First, we establish our understanding of the view through study and reflection and study that meaning. From this, I will begin the teaching on the stages of meditating on the view.
Whether we are trying to have the authentic view of our mind stream or whatever kind mediation, we must first begin with laying the foundation for Shamata or Vipassana Meditation. The ultimate goal is accomplishing perfect omniscience or state of complete and perfect Buddhahood, the way to accomplish what Buddha Shakyamuni taught in the sutras.
Whatever practice we are engaged in, before we begin, it is important for us to cultivate compassion, to cultivate the mind of Bodhicitta, set our motivation in that way.
Setting our motivation is indispensable and extremely important to do before whatever practice we do. With all the Mahayana practices that we, whether the practice is dharma or not, depends on bodhicitta.
We need to understand that all the worldly and transcendent virtues of the Buddhas are all the result of Shamata and Vipassana.
What things do we need to understand Shamata and Vipassana? To be able to practice Shamata we need to distance from physical busyness and metal concepts. In order to have Vipassana arise in our mind stream, we must rely on sublime beings and study and reflect on the teachings.
What foundation do we need to study and reflect on the teachings? “
Thadrul Tulku Rinpoche takes us step by step in explaining:
The Five Faults and How to identify the Five Faults
The Eight Antidotes to Understand to Abandon the Five Faults
Familiarization of the Nine Methods to Still the Mind
The Six Powers to Meditate
Four Ways to Accomplish Meditative Concentration
If we practice in this way, the five samadhis will surely arise in our mind stream.
“Our minds are like untamed wild horses. we must tie them up with the rope of mindfulness, put them in the pen of equanimity, and place the bit of diligence in their mouth.”
“It is rare to find people who practice according to these instructions, but it is so good to understand these instructions, it helps with learning about the dharma, to have some knowledge and understanding about the dharma and that is why I wanted to share this with you. Later when we get into the actual main part of the meditation practice, it will be easier to understand.”
Rinpoche notes: This teaching has been based on Patural Rinpoche’s teaching.
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