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sense of urgency

sense of urgency

Once you look at the preciousness of this opportunity you will realize attachment to this life, and specially, when I say this life we are talking about fame, gain, attention, happiness, trying to get away from criticism, lose, unhappiness, being ignored, all of this are really useless. They have no essential qualities. So sense of urgency is what you will develop if you think of precious human body and impermanence. Sense of urgency.

?? Rinpoche said in his very famous text ?? that a person must practice the dharma as how hungry yak searches for food. When hungry yaks if they see one blade of grass, they don’t think oh this is just one, let me go walk for the more, I will eat where there is lots of grass. If it is one grass they eat, if it is two grass they eat. If there is a lot of course they eat. So this is the attitude we have to build. Sense of urgency, and this is quite an important advice.

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precious human body

precious human body

We should, even us here, even so we may have become the buddhist practitioner, even so we may have actually met great masters, even so we have dharma books, we should really think, okay at glance, yes maybe I have a precious human body. Because I have, we can go further, I have been reborn as a human being, this is a big one, meaning someone who has a little bit of understanding of what is good and what is bad, some one who can have access to language that can lead you to the dharma. I am very lucky that I am not a maggot for instance. Also I am so lucky that I was not born on that earth two thousand seven hundred years ago. Because there was nothing around that time, even though you were a human being, very great actually, during those days its called before when human being can live more than hundred years. It is believed that during those days human beings could issue lights from their body. I am very lucky that I was not born before that. I am lucky that I was not born in a place, some earth where buddha, dharma, sangha, interdependent, words like emptiness, compassion, words like non-duality has no meaning at all. There are so many countries like that. There are much more than us. I am very lucky. Then I am very lucky that I have met masters who actually can teach this.

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true to the truth

true to the truth

Accepting the truth such as the impermanence is not a deceiving path, it is not a delusion. It is true to the truth. Even though it is a relative truth, still it is true to the truth.

Outer, Inner and Secret Refuge, London 2010

see you later

see you later

I’ll see you tomorrow for instance. Even that. See you later. We don’t know. Maybe there is no later. But constant forgetfulness of this impermanence indicates that you have not really taking refuge to this truth, this truth of impermanence. And this has caused, it is not like it hasn’t caused any problems, it has caused so much problems. People talk about ecology and what, global warming and all of that. Who do you think is the culprit, it’s the forgetfulness of impermanence. Insatiably thinking that we are going to be here for ever. Forgetfulness of that.

Outer, Inner and Secret Refuge, London 2010

then Buddhism is collapsed

then Buddhism is collapsed

If you are listening from the classic Buddhist teachings, one truth is that all, everything that is made, everything that is gathered, everything that is put together, everything that is produced which basically is everything that we have, they are all impermanent. Nothing, there is nothing that is permanent. Before the Buddha, it was impermanent, while he was teaching it was impermanent. It is not because Buddha said all compounded things are impermanent somehow everything became impermanent. It is going to be impermanent looks like. Until a scientist or some technician manages to produce one produced good as a permanent thing the Buddhist refuge of I take refuge to the Dharma is not going to change. If one day scientist or engineer manage to produce something that will not fall apart yes then Buddhism is collapsed. Then I take refuge to the Dharma is completely collapsed. Then we should really go and have lot of fun actually. Otherwise, but until then, this is the truth. All compounded things are impermanent. All produced, made, put together, composed, created, fabricated, made are all impermanent. This is one truth that we take refuge. And that’s why we call it, we say I take refuge to the Dharma. When we say I take refuge to the Dharma we are not taking refuge to a book. Book is produced. It is going to fall apart. It is already falling apart. The truth is what we are taking refuge, this impermanence.

Outer, Inner and Secret Refuge, London 2010

not an outdated path

not an outdated path

Essentially the study of Buddhism is not really a study of some kind of a moral or theistic code of conduct. And as I was saying, teachings like all compounded things are impermanent, everything is interdependent, these are very much up to date. Today things are very much impermanent as it was during the Buddha’s time. It is not an outdated path.

Buddhism beyond boundaries and time, Nepal 2007