By Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Do you training meditation since you are looking to suppose solid? Or that can assist you chill out and be “happy”? Then frankly, in keeping with Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, you're much better off having a full-body therapeutic massage than attempting to education the Dharma.

Genuine non secular perform, now not least the Ngöndro preliminaries, won't deliver the type of convenience and simplicity such a lot worldly humans crave. on the contrary, actually. but when your final target is enlightenment, Ngöndro perform is a needs to, and never for Happiness your ideal consultant, because it includes every thing an aspiring practitioner must start, together with suggestion about:

constructing “renunciation mind”
self-discipline, meditation and wisdom
utilizing your mind's eye in visualization practice
why you wish a guru

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The reality is, of course, that we have no power whatsoever, and until we recognize and admit how ill we are, we have no hope of truly appreciating dharma. It is a good idea to remind yourself of these two realities on a daily basis, like a patient surrendering to the treatment prescribed by their doctor, and by doing so you will lay the foundations of humility. ” Throughout the process our teacher is the doctor we rely on to diagnose our illness, and his teachings the medicine he prescribes to cure us.

But isn’t it better to be painfully aware of a failing rather than utterly oblivious to it? If a flaw in your character remains hidden, how can you do anything about it? So, although pith instructions might temporarily depress you, they will also help uproot your shortcomings by dragging them into the open. This is what is meant by the phrase “dharma penetrating your mind,” or as Kongtrul Rinpoche put it, “the practise of dharma bearing fruit,” rather than the so-called good experiences too many of us hope for, such as good dreams, blissful sensations, ecstasy, clairvoyance or the enhancement of intuition.

Were they to follow their argument to its logical conclusion, they would shoot themselves in the head right now! Having said that, karma is almost synonymous with reincarnation, and both are difficult to understand. To do so first requires an understanding of the Buddhist concept of shunyata (emptiness), at least on an intellectual level. Buddha Nature: Develop Confidence That the Worst Kind of Dirt Can Be Washed Away Those of us who take to the spiritual path should try to look at our stubborn defilements in the same way we view last night’s washing up.

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