What is the Dharma?

  • What is the Dharma?

    Posted by hilaryherdman on November 16, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters,

    We would like to share several notes with you from the opening days of Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche’s teachings at the 35th annual seminar at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery.

    Rinpoche opened his talk with a reminder on a crucial point that he returns to again and again in his teachings. Here we will share some of his opening remarks. The words have been very slightly edited and are summaries, not direct transcripts.

    Dharma is actually simple when you take the dharma as a practice.”

    Rinpoche then gave a short crucial history of this theme in Buddhist teaching and reminds us how the great masters consistently emphasize this point:

    “Śākyamuni Buddha mentioned taming the mind or the transformation of mind is the Dharma.

    1000 years later, Atiśa Dīpaṃkara mentioned that the main important practice of Dharma means looking at your own mind.

    800 years later great master Patrul Rinpoche –a very authentic, very genuine, very compassionate, very sincere, very respected— master (having respect to the Dharma and respect to sentient beings) —he said :

    “When you cannot change your mind–that means your behavior, your emotions, your habits, and then of course your mind—-when you cannot transform that, you are nor purely practicing.”

    We will continue to post longer messages from Rinpoche in this forum and will also post the summary notes of teachings after the retreat, so please do check back frequently.

    The Samye Content Team

    hilaryherdman replied 8 years, 3 months ago 1 Member · 0 Replies
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