By Thubten Chodron

An excellent and interesting advent to the main well known Buddhist deity, Chenrezig often referred to as Avalokiteshvara or Kuan Yin written through a well-liked Western Buddhist instructor.

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There’s no way to see the Buddha when our minds are overcome by negative emotions and when we believe all the nasty thoughts we have about others. How are we going to “see” emptiness and bodhicitta—which are the Buddha—if our mind is filled with rubbish? Working out our convoluted and confused relationships with these people is an essential part of our spiritual practice. ” Surrounding us are all sentient beings as far as the eye can see and even beyond that. Think of them all in human form because we will lead them in taking refuge, and it would be hard to lead squirrels and chipmunks in generating the feeling of refuge.

These are questions for you to contemplate. Please honestly examine your own life experience. I work with prisoners, teaching them the Dharma and offering spiritual guidance. Many of them are incarcerated because of anger: they insulted, criticized, beat, and even killed others. I’d like to share with you a few stories that the inmates told me about working with anger and the instinct to retaliate. Bo wrote: I’m one of a few inmates allowed to take college courses. A few days ago, I was in my business management class, getting ready to commentary on the yoga method of chenrezig take the final exam, when the woman next to me pointed to the person sitting in front of us, and said, “During the midterm a few weeks ago, I saw her cheating, using some notes she had.

These two bodhisattvas welcome those who are born there, but I don’t think they stand at the gate saying, “Hi. Come on in. ” When people talk about seeing the Buddhas and going to the pure land, I’m not convinced that it’s an external physical place that could be found on MapQuest. It seems to me that it’s created by the mind. To be reborn there is dependent on our state of mind—our faith and confidence, bodhicitta, understanding of emptiness, concentration, and the purity of our vision. Chenrezig’s first two hands are at his heart, in the gesture we make when bowing—our palms together with the thumbs tucked in.

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