Myriad humble thanks to Chamtrul Rinpoche for his visit to Pretoria and Johannesburg. On Monday we completed the Retreat at Sediba Mountain Retreat in Hartbeespoortdam and it was a great success and meaningful time of doing good introspection and dharma practice. OM MANI PADME HUNG!
Rinpoche was well received in Durban and many enjoyed his precious teachings.
Rinpoche is on his way to Cape Town where the Retreat will start tomorrow followed by teachings from 25-30 September. https://safricachamtrulrinpoche.wordpress.com/schedule-in-sa/
Contact Karen: please call 084 760 4630 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to attend teachings.
Welcome Chamtrul Rinpoche!
Rinpoche arrived safe and sound on South African soil today😉
Rinpoche will be teaching in Pretoria this week – all spaces are fully booked in Pretoria venues.
Please note the venue change in JHB below (the space is pretty jam packed for the afternoon talk in Melville. We can still accommodate people for the evening talks as the Lam Rim Hall is a big space, we do appreciate RSVP’s though)
JOHANNESBURG: 13 & 14 September
Thursday 13 September: Afternoon Talk 2pm – 3.30 pm: PLEASE NOTE: VENUE CHANGED to Snow Lion Artefacts shop, Shop 12b 7th Street Melville – just a few shops down from the previous venue Love & Revolution Yoga Studio, 7th Street Melville
Topic: “Applying meditation and mindfulness in everyday life”
Thursday 13 September: Evening Teaching 6:30 for 7pm – 9pm : Lam Rim Buddhist Centre, Vrededorp
Topic: “The Six Paramitas”
Friday 14 September: Evening Teaching 6:30 for 7pm – 9pm : Lam Rim Buddhist Centre, Vrededorp
Topic: “The four kinds of fruits of karma”
Tea & Snacks will be provided by volunteers.
Sherab 071 786 9055 or Samten 074 023 4578
Please RSVP so that we can accommodate everyone😉
A Maitreya Prayer for Future Lives
translated by Alexander Berzin, 1975
In the past, I have wandered down long, lonely paths,
But now, O my Guardian, by remembering you
At the time when the light of my life comes to set,
May the hook of your compassion catch hold of my mind.
When my mind travels on to my future rebirth,
May I sprout without hindrance from the heart of a lotus
In your presence, Maitreya, in Tushita Pure Land,
And may I be nourished on Mahayana’s ambrosia.
O Guardian Maitreya, when you are the spiritual mentor
Of wandering beings, beyond number, at the site of Bodh Gaya,
May I too become one of your foremost disciples
And be able to ripen all fortunate ones.
In short, whatever good deeds I have done throughout the three times
I dedicate as causes for being born in your presence, my Guardian,
And by manifesting and teaching the Mahayana paths,
May I become a true refuge for all exhausted and miserable wandering beings.
Chamtrul Rinpoche, Cape Point 2011
The Buddha said that when we dedicate merit, it is like adding a drop of water to the ocean. Just as a drop of water added to the ocean will not dry up but will exist as long as the ocean itself exists, so, too, if we dedicate the merit of any virtuous deed, it merges with the vast ocean of merit that endures until enlightenment.
— Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche
“Look at your authentic mind; this is the true view.
If you seek a view other than mind, it is like a rich person searching for wealth, O physician monk.
Do not clear away the faults of drowsiness and discursiveness; this is the true meditation.
If you clear away the faults of drowsiness and discursiveness in meditation,
it is like holding up a lamp in daytime, O physician monk.
Do not alternate acceptance and rejection; this is true action.
If you alternate accepting and rejecting in action. it is like a bee trapped in a web, O physician monk.
Rest in the confidence of the view; this is true samaya.
If you seek elsewhere, there is no fruition to attain.
It is like a frog trying to leap into the sky, O physician monk.
Inquire into your mind; this is the true guru.
If you seek for a guru other than your mind, it is like to give up your mind, O physician monk.
Therefore, all appearances are of the mind, O physician monk.”
My Vital Advice – Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro
Homage to the unsurpassed savior, the Lord of Oddiyana.
Now that you’ve found this precious human life with freedom and richness,
Take care not to squander it unconsciously.
Push yourself to uncover the meaning of this life.
Your mind is the source of everything.
It is skilled in deception and manipulation, and beguiling when unexamined.
Once you look into it, it is without basis or root.
It comes from nowhere, stays nowhere and goes nowhere.
Everything, including samsara and nirvana,
Is but a reflection of pure and impure mind;
In reality, neither samsara nor nirvana exist.
The source of compassionate awareness
Is primordially empty. Though free from characteristics,
It is not just a barren nothingness
But is luminous and naturally present.
Pristine awareness is not captured by names and labels.
The endless unfolding of samsara and nirvana pours forth as its radiance.
At the same time, there is no rift between the place from where all these come and that which is coming;
Remain in that nondual place.
Unborn dharmakaya Rigpa
Arises naturally without cause or condition.
Alert, fresh and naked,
It is uncolored by dualistic mind
And unpolluted by intellectual ideas.
Stay in that spontaneously arisen meditation.
Even the words “to meditate” are but words;
In reality, there is no meditator and nothing to meditate on.
Without distraction, always maintain empty awareness,
The true face of dharmakaya.
The deluded karma of samsara will never run out.
The more you work to solve your problems, the greater they become.
Belief in enemies and friends grows and grows,
And the causes for incarnating in lower realms pile up.
Direct yourself toward the dharma,
And if you can bring dharma to every action, word and thought,
You will uncover the great awakening, the path to liberation.
When death falls upon you, you will regret nothing.
During this life and in those to come,
You will walk the path of ever-growing happiness.
Atop your head and in your heart,
Imagine as a single being
Your most kind guru and the great Lord of Oddiyana.
Feel an upwelling of unbearable longing and devotion.
Whatever joy or sorrow befalls you, whatever favor or misfortune,
Pray forever to the lord Guru.
Let your minds flow together, yours at one with his.
As death draws near, let go of all attachment and hatred.
Picture Guru Padmasambhava above your head;
Imagine your consciousness as an orb of light, marked with the syllable Hri;
Dissolve that into the heart of the guru.
If you practice regularly now
And recite “The Aspiration to Be Born in the Copper-Colored Mountain,”
At death, a clear visualization will be easy.
To put it briefly, the essence of dharma
Is to cut through clinging to samsara,
To cultivate love and compassion toward those in the six realms
And to completely tame one’s mind.
Without distraction, please always practice thus.
Even though I am immune to dharma, have no experience of meditation, and just use up the donations, I, Chokyi Lodro, wrote this according to what the past masters have taught, to fulfill the request of the yogini Pad Lu.
by Longchen Rabjam
As an individual who takes up the practice, You must have faith, perseverance, renunciation and a sense of disenchantment.
You must be saddened and wearied by samsara, and strive for freedom. Renouncing the concerns of this life and seeking eventual enlightenment.
You must leave distractions and busyness far behind, and have few mental afflictions, Be easy-going and tolerant, and have pure perception and great devotion, As well as stability of mind[i] and deep respect towards the teachings— [Practitioners such as this will accomplish the most supreme liberation!][ii] You must serve, in the best possible way, a noble teacher, And purify your mind through study, reflection and meditation.
In particular, you should spend your days and nights Diligently applying yourself to the essential instructions of the aural lineage. Without becoming distracted for a moment by ordinary concerns.
Diligently apply yourself to the profound innermost meaning. Never transgressing the precepts of the shravakas, bodhisattvas and vidyadharas, With your own mind under control, help others in any way you can, And take whatever you experience onto the path to liberation.
As a beginner, it is most important that you secure your own well-being, Guarding your mind in solitude, abandoning distractions and busyness, Avoiding unfavourable situations, and subduing the mental afflictions with appropriate antidotes.
Ensuring that your view and conduct are in harmony, enthusiastically devote yourself to meditation. Whenever any of the ordinary five poisons arise, in that very moment, Catch them with mindfulness, and, without distraction, apply the antidotes. With conscientiousness, introspective vigilance, self-restraint and a sense of dignity, bring your own mind under control.
See the equality of praise and blame, approval and disapproval, good and bad reputation, For they are just like illusions or dreams and have no true existence. Learn to tolerate them as if they were mere echoes, And sever at its root the mind which clings to an ‘I’ or a self.
In short, by never transgressing the Dharma in all that you do, Bring your mind under control, do no harm to others, And without succumbing, even for an instant, to the mental afflictions.
Devote your days and nights to virtue—this is crucial! Nowadays, when people are so unruly, It is vital that you first achieve your own well-being in solitude. Just as a bird can not fly without both wings.
The welfare of others cannot be accomplished without the higher faculties of perception,
So diligently strive for your own wellbeing, whilst mentally considering the welfare of others.
Without letting your mind be deceived by the devious maras of distraction and busyness, It is vital that you apply yourself to the practice— Do not cause yourself to suffer regrets at the time of death! Therefore, make your mind ready now, And consider this: Were you to die now, what would become of you? Without any assurance as to where you’d go or what might happen, [iii] To spend your days and nights in the grips of confusion and distraction, Is to squander and make meaningless the freedoms and advantages.
Meditate therefore on the essential meaning, alone and in solitude. For it is now that a long-term strategy is really needed. How can you be sure where you will go in future? You must diligently apply yourself this very day! These delusory appearances of samsara are like treacherous pathways. Keep this in mind: You must find the methods to free yourself.
For if you remain deluded now, you’ll wander in delusion forever. So arouse perseverance and keep this in your heart. The ocean of mental afflictions and the sea of self-grasping are difficult to cross.
But now that you have the vessel of the freedoms and endowments, use it to reach the distant shore! Now that you have gained this rare opportunity through the force of your merit—access to the path of liberation and enlightenment— Secure your own benefit and happiness by striving with heartfelt sincerity!
Life is impermanent and changes from one moment to the next, And we expertly deceive ourselves with distractions, postponing virtuous practice. When we have long become accustomed to delusion,
In each moment we’re naturally drawn into the mental afflictions, And even if we apply ourselves to merit and virtue, We find they do not easily arise. Strive, therefore, to avert the miseries brought about by your own actions! [iv]
There is not the slightest joy to be found within the states of samsara. The sufferings of conditioned existence, if you think of them, are impossible to bear. Therefore apply yourself right now to the means of gaining freedom. If you do not earnestly devote yourself to the essential meaning,
The state of leisure and intermittent Dharma will bring no benefit.
So develop a strong sense of weariness for all that is impermanent, And, without being distracted even for an instant, generate enthusiasm for the practice!
If you realize this at the very outset, You will swiftly achieve the state of an Arya! Accomplishing your own welfare, the welfare of others will come naturally,
And you will find the supreme path of liberation from the states of samsara.
When everything that you do is in accordance with the Dharma, Then you are one who has the basis for attaining enlightenment.
This concludes the second section, being an explanation of the individual practitioner who cultivates samadhi, from Finding Comfort and Ease in the Meditation of the Great Perfection.
[i] As H.V. Guenther noted, the word bstan meaning teachings appears in the root text and also when the root text is given in the auto-commentary, but in commenting on this line, Longchenpa uses the wordbrtan meaning firm or stable. I have tried to incorporate both senses into the translation.