Dear friends near and far,
As always, I hope this message finds you well, healthy and happy. On today’s Guru Rinpoche day, we are consecrating the Guru Sampa Lhündrup (Wish-fulfilling Guru Rinpoche) statue at the new Samye Hermitage Bali.
On this occasion, I would like to clarify for you the framework of the entire Buddhist path, as it is expressed in the very title of Guru Rinpoche’s precious Treasure teaching, the Lamrim Yeshé Nyingpo (Gradual Path of Wisdom Essence), which was revealed by the Great Tertön Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa.
Lamrim, or gradual path, refers to the first pillar of Buddhist practice, namely mind training. The key points of mind training are reflecting on impermanence and forming the resolve to awaken, bodhicitta.
Yeshe, or wisdom, refers to the second pillar, the main part of practice. Depending on where the student is on the path, this can be the four foundations, or preliminary practices; the generation stage of Mahayoga, with the four nails that hold the life-force of the deity; or the completion stage with characteristics, namely the six yogas.
Nyingpo is the third pillar of practice and its essence: meditation. More particularly, it refers to Great Perfection practice, which consists in breaking through to original purity (kadak trekchö) and direct vision of spontaneous presence (lhündrup tögel). Basically, it refers to the recognition of rigpa, naturally present wakefulness.
Thus, the very title of this precious teaching, Lamrim Yeshé Nyingpo, both summarizes the entire path, and provides the framework for every practice session, which should always be structured around these three pillars.
On this auspicious day of inauguration of a new hermitage in Bali for all our students to enjoy, I wish for you all to integrate these key points of the path and practice them to completion.
With all my love and prayers,