Highland High School teachings continue on Janauary 25th 2012, everyweek on Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm, from the book “The Hundred Verses of Advice: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on What Matters Most” by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Padampa Sangye, Buddhist masters. With the philosophy outlined in this book we achieve joy, bliss and inner peace. The Hundred Verses of Advice was written by the great accomplished Master Padampa Sangye, who was a great Bodhisattva from India. He wrote this root text to bring benefit to all beings.
The commentary is by Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. These two great masters were precious, holy, noble beings. They have both passed away, but their teachings are still alive and are very beneficial. These are not the writings of ordinary people. An ordinary person writes with rational intellect, but they don’t have the capability to teach Dharma because they just gather fragments of teachings from too many sources. Just like a broken glass, if one tries to put it back together, it will never be the same as its original form. Their writings do not have the power of blessings. When reading this you recognize a great master’s quality, just by hearing, seeing or touching a great master you will receive blessings.
Their qualities are like the sun and moon. If you have enough merit you will have the opportunity to learn from great masters, and devotion to them will arise in your mind. If you are lacking in merit, you will not be able to recognize great masters and you will be unable to believe in the power of their teachings. For example, all seeing people recognize the qualities of the sun and moon. But a blind person, no matter how many times it is explained to them, still cannot see the sun and the moon’s quality.
The reason I call this book precious is because if you follow this advice, your life will become more loving,
peaceful, and you will become a better human being. If you keep the advice from this book in your
heart and apply the teachings, your mind will improve with the qualities of compassion and loving kindness for all beings. However, if you don’t keep this advice in mind, there is a possibility of gossiping and destroying other peoples lives. It could be just like stabbing them with a knife. If you are a serious Buddhist, your mind must also become Buddhist. This means having less negative emotions like jealousy or anger. The purpose of publishing this book is to help everyone to reduce these negative emotions.
Traditionally speaking, learn meditation, ordinary being having a mind like a computer. When a computer contracts a virus it doesn’t function correctly. It is the same for an ordinary being who blocks out the positive during times of negativity.
If you study this meditation, love, and compassion you will never block out the positive and become like a waxing moon of mind.Covers Shamatha meditation.