hearing, contemplating, meditating

hearing, contemplating, meditating

On top of the discipline then what we do is thöpa. Thöpa means actually more like a receiving the teachings such as what’s happening now and reading the text. Reading the texts, very important. Lord Maitreya in the, towards the end of the Uttaratantra, Maitreya has stressed that it is only through the hearing that one will open the door to the spiritual path. So important. So one must do a lot of hearing, reading. Now if you are really a serious dharma practitioner, if you seriously want to engage in the Dharma path that is not enough, contemplation is necessary. And when we are talking about contemplation we are talking about basically analyzing. Is this path any good for me, can I do it, does it make any sense. Is it logically or is it just a big you know like – you have to contemplate, really. You really have to contemplate. Because, just because it is coming from the Buddha you cannot take it on face value so to speak. Because there are so many religion or religious teachings. I for one, I don’t do much contemplation but a little contemplation when I do some of the religious instructions are not for me. Some of the religious instructions basically for me it is a survival kit that is designed for certain part of the world, for a certain society. Mere for few people who are afraid of sand storm or stuff like that. So you have to really contemplate. You really have to contemplate whether this is suitable for you, does it make sense, all of that. Hearing, thöpa sampa, hearing and contemplation. So now if you have, let’s say, if you have, that is hypothetically, an example, if you have one hour of free time, you should do hearing 15 minutes, contemplation, 15 minutes. So I am giving hearing and contemplation equal standing, and equal importance. Then, half an hour, if you are really want to follow a path, you have to meditate. Because if you are not meditating then it’s a bit like cooking all day and not eating. Or reading the menu over and over and over and not eating. There is no point. You have to meditate. And meditation is basically, once you develop a certain confidence through the hearing and contemplation, completely, one pointedly remaining with that confidence is meditation

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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