refuge discipline

refuge discipline

Okay. So now, where does the discipline comes in. For someone who has taken refuge lets say to the Dharma. For someone who has taken refuge to the Dharma, meaning for someone who has genuinely accepted that all compounded things are impermanent, or many other aspects, or everything is interdependent, everything depends on cause, condition, and effect. So on and so forth. So if you have accepted that truth, it does not make sense, by doing something opposite such as harming others. This is why when you harm somebody you are forgetting that cause and condition exist. You are forgetting, on many levels, that everything is interdependent. Harming somebody, this is on the most beginner level by the way. Actually means that you are forgetting the fact or the truth that everything is interdependent. Similarly, if you have taken refuge to the Buddha, it doesn’t make sense – a little bit more on the Dharma. If you have taken refuge to the Dharma, it doesn’t make sense by practicing another path that believes in extreme view. If it is an interfaith religious conference, again I have to be hypocritical and I have to sort be careful, oh ya ya all religion are same. You know like everything leads to the heaven and all of that. But that’s actually a bullshit. Because it is not. I am not saying that the other religion are bad. Definitely not. In fact the great Nyingmapa master Longchenpa he said that all religion, anything that believes in some kind of a right and wrong, is, what you call it, indirect teaching of the Buddha. So we cannot really leave out anything. But what I am saying is every religion, every path have their own aim. Buddhism is a path of no extreme. Buddhism is path of non duality. If you follow that it doesn’t make sense by practicing – there are people who sort of say I am kind of practicing both Buddhism and Christianity. It doesn’t work. If you want to practice buddhadharma, then anything that believes in extreme view that such as truly existing god, permanently existing god, truly existing heaven, truly existing sort of soul that is full of sin. All of this, they contradict. So one has to choose. If you are going to Kathmandu you go to Kathmandu. You don’t go to Delhi. You cant do it together. So this is the discipline you have to take. You have to really take this discipline. Similarly if you have taken refuge to the Sangha, ???, you are not supposed to have people who follow the extreme view as your spiritual companion. Spiritual companion you should underline that. I think you can go for a drink of a beer or hang around in the bar talk about other things. But someone as a spiritual friend, meaning someone who will give you the influence of extreme view. If you hang around with a person who can slowly or with a speed give you the influence that if you kill chicken every day you will go to heaven and there you will be greeted by, you will be greeted by not so fresh virgin girls. How is that? It’s only chicken you see, there are other levels too. Things like that. If you have, if you want to follow that, then that’s up to you. The discipline is that you have to follow this. Basically what I am trying to tell you is the Buddhist discipline has nothing to do with monotheistic discipline. In the monotheistic discipline if you, you have to follow this. If you follow the other you are doomed or something like that. And this is only the right way. That is what monotheistic I believe discipline. In Buddhist thing, it is very very practical, it is very logical. It is simply that if you believe in that, if you want to follow a path that believes in interdependent reality, then it doesn’t make sense to follow also – you know it doesn’t make sense, you believe in the path of interdependence, call it, interdependent origination. By around three o’clock you switch to something that believes in a truly existing, independently existing path. This is very, is not imposing, it is a choice. It is a privilege, that if you want to partake, it is up to you. But if you do it, and if you want to achieve a certain goal, then you have to take this discipline.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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