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aspiration versus attachment

aspiration versus attachment

Student: Can Rinpoche tell me what is the difference between a very strong aspiration and attachment. And how strong is not over strong.

Okay. For the beginners like us, very difficult to differentiate. But here, the practice of the bodhisattva, aspiration, it has to have an element of wishing for enlightenment. Then it eventually, it cannot be the ordinary attachment. Because ordinary attachment is something to do with making your life more comfortable. The enlightenment is different so it has to have that element.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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dualistic path

dualistic path

This is kind of ironic. Dharma, not as the truth but as the path, the teaching. Do you know the path exists because there is a dualism? Because there is a confusion. Therefore there is a path. Once the dualism or the confusion is finished, path is also finished. Not only it is not necessary, it is also gone, simultaneously. Meanwhile, wish to achieve that, wish to attain that enlightenment is necessary.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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entering to the door of infinite bodhisattva activities

entering to the door of infinite bodhisattva activities

By the way applying the practice of motivation is not an excuse of easy way out from all these infinite bodhisattva activities, it is not. It is in fact entering to the door of these infinite bodhisattva activities.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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tuning the motivation for teachings

tuning the motivation for the teachings

There are two indispensable method or a skill in order to, to achieve enlightenment. And they are purification of defilements and accumulation of merit and wisdom. If you closely observe the path of the Buddha you will realize a big aspect or character of path consist of this two elements, the element of purifying defilements and accumulation of merit or wisdom. Accumulation of the merit or the wisdom, and specially accumulation of the merit, such an important attribute of the path can begin even here, now, this very minute with the right motivation of listening to the teachings. And myself with the right motivation of sharing this teachings to you. And when I say right motivation not just to make ourselves loaded with all kinds of scholastic information. Not just out of curiosity, anthropological curiosity, but really genuine kind heart to help others and ultimately place them in the state of enlightenment. With this motivation, if you begin listening to this teaching then as Shantideva said, even if you fall asleep during the teaching, somehow you will accumulate the merit effortlessly. And I am not making this up, you can always refer to the Bodhicharyavatara. I think it is in the second chapter. So for this reason, I remind you to tune, generate, tune the right motivation, generate the right motivation.
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beginner bodhisattvas

beginner bodhisattvas

Most of us, people like you and me, we are beginner bodhisattvas. Infant bodhisattvas. For younger bodhisattvas, infant bodhisattvas like us, actually according to the bodhisattva manual, we are not really allowed to do extreme things like cutting our limbs and giving to hungry tiger. Such as what happened near by here by the way. That we cant do. But we must get used to these great paramita practices already. So what would I suggest to someone like you and me. Aspiring bodhisattvas we call it. I know I will have attachment to my artwork, my whatever profession, but no matter what happens, may it one way or another, directly or indirectly lead to benefit sentient beings. And benefit not only just temporary, giving them temporary happiness, but actually put them into the enlightenment. That you should to. Forget about art, even a bright colored T-shirt, you should wear it, and walk in the street and really have aspiration that today I am really some wearing some obnoxious red, you know like shirt, whoever sees me, whoever even gets a little startled by my presence, may they have connection to the bodhicitta and the Mahayana path. That is very right thing to do for people like us.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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we need to need enlightenment

we need to need enlightenment

Aspiration, really, aspiration is so important. May I be able to control my mind. May I be able to see the balance. May I be able to decode this matrix. Aspiration. Because if you have aspiration – you see the problem with us is that we are not wanting the enlightenment enough. That is the problem. So develop this aspiration again and again. Make it want, more than want, we need to need enlightenment. That is so important. So develop aspiration. And not only for oneself but to others.

Outer, Inner and Secret Refuge, London 2010