Precious Teaching

Interview with Kyabje Khyentse Rinpoche

His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was one of the leading masters of the pith instructions of Dzogchen (the Great Perfection), one of the principal holders of the Nyingmapa Lineage, and one of the greatest exemplars of the non sectarian tradition in modern Tibetan Buddhism. He was a scholar, sage and poet,and the teacher of many important leaders of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He passed away on September 27, 1991, in Thiumphu, Bhutan. Continue reading

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The right and wrong teacher

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Excerpts from The Vase of Amrita by Dzatrul Ngawang Tendzin Norbu, the Wrong teacher The Inner Tantra (nang rgyud) says: Ignorant and proud, Lacking in intelligence he teaches mere words;

He cuts down others with disparaging statements; With little learning and a lot of arrogance He is at true evil for the disciple who fails to recognize such a teacher. Such a teacher does not have even a single one of the many good qualities that are born from listening and meditating. Nevertheless, because he belongs to a good family he claims: “I am the son of so and so,” and, like a Brahmin, conceitedly wraps himself in his noble ancestry. Although he is no different from any ordinary person,

he acts as if he were on the same footing as the great siddhas of the past. When he has done a little study and practice, he puffs up with self-infatuation as soon as others show him some marks of respect. He is so full of pride, so stupid, and arrogant, that he cannot see the qualities of great beings. He is irascible and jealous, and the cord of love and compassion in him is broken. Continue reading

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How to Respect the Three Jewels and How to Keep the Refuge Vow

Part 1: An important message from Buddhist teachings

Buddhist Dharma student you will eventually accomplish Buddhahood even though you may initially misinterpret the teachings.

You may think that Dharma books and other kinds of books are the same, but they are not. Their meaning is different because they were not written by a Buddha or Bodhisattva. Also, other kinds of books offer only temporary support. They should not be respected in the same way, but merely studied. Whoever wrote them may be very intelligent, but that is not necessarily a Buddha or Bodhisattva.

Like our heart, the most vital organ in our bodies, the Dharma is the most vital part of our soul. It illuminates our darkness and purifies our ignorance. The meaning of Dharma is the wisdom of Buddha. Any other kind of book does not have the power to lead you to Enlightenment. Rather they will lead you to activities of samsara.

One sutra says, “‘in degenerated times I will manifest in a form of a Letter. Whoever respects faithfully will be liberated from samsara. If there is no understanding about this, then the Buddhist Dharma texts will be not respected and cannot bring blessings, and then even those who have already received the refuge vow will be breaking vows. But people do not know this, so this message is very important. I’m sending this message because people everywhere consider Dharma books as equal to regular books. Continue reading

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Words for the West

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For Westerners, compassion is not authentic because it is connected to pride. It is from up to down, because it comes from those who are in some way considered better or higher, and goes toward those who are in some ways considered lower.

Almost all western teachers of Buddhism are either nihilists or eternalists, and not actual Buddhist lineage holders. Some times American Buddhism look like communism, some times like democracy, sometimes like socialism, and sometimes like nothing, only circling between worldly systems, never cutting from them but only circling between negative phenomena. Continue reading

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Words of Advice from Kyabjé Chadral Rinpoche

Precious master of unrepayable kindness, Pema Ledrel Tsal,
Remain as the crown ornament on the top of my head, I pray!
Grant your blessings so that we may find freedom here and now
From all the sufferings of samsara and its lower realms!

Listen well, my dear disciples who are gathered here,
And whose hearts have not been spoiled, consider this. Continue reading

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Longing Melody of Faith

Prayer to the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal – Longing Melody of Faith
Mipham Rinpoche’s prayer to Dakini Queen Yeshe Tsogyal from Cascading Waterfall of Nectar, by Thinley Norbu.

Like that, the embodiment of all these immeasurable Dakinis of the Three Kayas is praised by the Triumphant Omniscient Lord, Mipham Rinpoche, in his prayer to the Dakini Queen Yeshe Tsogyal called the Longing Melody of Faith. Continue reading

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Advice from Khyentse Rinpoche

Do not forget the Lama, Pray to him at all times. Do not let mind be distracted, Watch your mind essence. Do not forget death, Persist in Dharma Do not forget sentient beings, With compassion dedicate your merit to them. … Continue reading

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