asking the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to remain

asking the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to remain

And then we have asking Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to remain in samsara. Remain, asking them to live long I guess, live long is maybe the way we put it, but asking them to remain. Now this again very very important. The reason why it is so important is because it actually counters wrong view. Now this is a big subject. Let me explore this a little bit. No matter who you are, what you are, you can be scientist, physicist, philosopher, critics, I don’t know, skeptics, existentialist. No matter how you think you really are not a believer, you really proud that you are not a believer. No matter how you think like that. On this earth, maybe even beyond, there is only thing we can do at the end of the day, there is only thing that is useful and that is, what you call it, we can do. And that is the only way. And that is called believe. In other words devotion. Trust. That is the only way. Even Buddha himself said: Ultimate truth can only be understood by devotion. Ultimately. This logic, analysis, all of this can bring you from here to here, maybe two inch, but you still have a journey from here to here. This has to be brought by devotion. Logic doesn’t work. Because at the end of the day, logic is actually a really very sophisticated tool to make yourself idiot. When you believe something, you have a logic that you are believing on this something. But when you also don’t believe in anything you have a reason which you believe. This reason is what you believe. So you also have a blind devotion there. So actually, there is only one thing that you can do. Even going to the toilet. I think I gave this example long time ago. You can have a doubt, is this really a – let’s say you are a woman and then you go to the toilet and there is a female sign there. In front of it, you really need to go to toilet. Right. And you are right in font of the toilet and you can invoke a doubt. Is this really women’s toilet. Maybe it is not. Maybe it is men’s toilet. Maybe somebody put it wrongly. Maybe the W and M got upside down. ??? all kinds of logical mind you can think. It is not helping your bladder. After a while you have to make a decision. You just have to go in. Otherwise, you will not get the result. This kind of believe is very important. Okay. You have only one tool which is the believe. This is what the Kagyupa, they say “meditation is the head of the path” or something like that. It’s really the most important. We can talk about the devotion later but because of that what is the opposite of devotion. Doubt. Doubt is the biggest problem. Doubt is actually flavor of ignorance if you like. It is, you know salt has a shape and it has a flavor. And when we say salt, immediately we are referring to the flavor not its shape right? Salty. We don’t really care whether it looks like a brown salt or pink salt or anything like that. We refer this to flavor. Likewise, actually ignorance is something to do with the doubt. A doubt comes from many things. Okay, yes, bodhicitta makes sense, logically it makes sense. Depending arising makes sense, logically. All of these makes sense. Logic, teaching, we have met a lot of people, actually not only the westerner even the Khenpos. I have, as some of you know, I have a Khenpo factory by the way. And many of them are good. And I have told them honestly that I am really proud that they are really good learned. But the thing is, maybe I have many Khenpos and several hundred potential Khenpos but I told them, Dharma practitioner almost none. Almost none. Many many Khenpos, yes, but Dharma practitioner almost none. Because more you learn more you become doubtful. More you are sharp. So you actually learn how to be doubtful. Even better. So in this kind of situation what do you need. You need source of inspiration. Source of inspiration. This is so important, we need an example. No matter what you do we need a model. So asking the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to live on this earth. Of course we have a teaching and all of that. You know, logic, logic teachings, all of this you can go to borders book shops, online book shops, amazon book shops, you can read, you can analysis. All of that. But you still need a person or a living proof. Living proof that really has that quality or something that is just beyond logic, beyond rational.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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