if this life is important

if this life is important

And if this life is important, then you are not really a Dharma practitioner. Wow, this is really a very very big statement. You might think, okay I should resign my job, tell goodbye to all our family, and then become a nun or a monk in some monastery here, and then therefore you have at least accomplished the first parting from the four desire. You should not kid yourself thinking like that. Because you don’t have to go anywhere to really witness the living proof that that’s not always the case. And that living proof is myself. We, the dharma practitioner, so called dharma practitioner. And in a way, in many ways I envy you. You don’t have Rinpoche name, you don’t have all these things that comes with the Rinpoche package so to speak. I don’t know with many other Rinpoches but I for one I can tell you, so called the monasteries, dharma centers, teachings, all of these, no matter how much we try, there is always an element of serving this life. It always ends up becoming a tool or a means to serve this life. For instance as I was saying yesterday, during the motivation, if I am teaching you right now and if my motivation is to really make you, I don’t know, make you fall for my words, if my motivation is to impress you. What I am trying to do is, I am giving you teaching and my motivation is trying to impress you, so it is coming back to this life. By making you impressed with me, marketing strategy has been successful you see. And just a side note, you have to be careful with me specially because by birth I belong to the zodiac sign of gemini. And I read somewhere that the gemini people can sell ice cube to Eskimos. So anyway, really, thinking about this life, fame for instance, so much hypocrisy, really, I will use myself as an example. So much hypocrisy, and specially, I don’t know about the west but we in Asia and specially Indians, Chinese, Tibetan, we have so much old culture and tradition. As much as old culture and traditions are so valuable in one way, they also create lots of hypocrisy. There are things that I am at the moment not doing, such as I didn’t turn up today with a Che Guevara T-shirt. And this is because I do care about my outlook, specially in Kathmandu. I still depend on lot of the approval of the Tibetans you see. So I have to be careful here. I have to really behave. So my behavior, my well behave, my really well behaved is actually not coming from this good disciplined, practice of discipline. It is just, I don’t want to be outcasted. And this, not wishing to be outcasted, is very much attachment to this life. Because if Tibetans, my colleagues, my fellow Tibetans or Chinese, I don’t know whoever, if they talk behind, if say bad things about me then I will lose my disciple. I might lose my friends and might not get a job. So there is so much fear, there is so much of serving myself only.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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