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Parting from four attachments : Alive Dharma teaching, Aug. 9,2009

Dear worldwide Friends of Buddha Dharma,

today we bring the Dharma that the founder of Sakya order of Vajrayana Buddhism, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, received in vision from Buddha Manjushri. Dharma art photo on our blog of MySpace show these four Dharma verses in Tibetan original.  This Dharma was first published on CD-Rom of Vajra – Garuda e-publications: Manjushri-nama-samgiti: Chanting the names of Manjushri; 2003 ; ISBN 96191189-0-1. It is available in all public libraries in Slovenia. This Dharma publication is also available with dana paramita (donation) from our address.

To be detached doesn´t mean to become “cold stone buddha”. On contrary : to be detached means to be less egocentric, less and less selfish and more loving. May this Dharma accompany you during next week and further while reflecting on its meaning. May all your days and nights be full of peace and natural inner Sound*Light.

I.INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY BUDDHIST STUDIES

1.1 Visual Dharma: Manjushri-nama-samgiti, recited by H.E. Khenchen Pentse Rinpoche (Tibet)

E-learning curriculum :

1.What is the meaning of reading transmission (Tib. Lung) ?

1.2 GENTLE RAIN OF NECTAR BLESSINGS

Vol. II/22

PARTING FROM FOUR ATTACHMENTS

Parting from four attachments is the Dharma which  Buddha Manjusri transmitted in a vision to the Master Kunga Nyingpo, the Founder of the Sakya order  of Vajrayana Buddhism :

1.If you are attached to this life, you are not a true practitioner of Dharma.

What does it mean to be attached to this life ? We speak about precious human life in which we can practice the path toward Enlightenment. If we are attached to this life, we are not on the path toward Enlightenment. Our life is called natural bardo of this life or rangzhin kyene bardo, in which we also experience the bardo of dreams or milam bardo and the bardo of meditation or samten bardo. Look at your life with an unbiased mind, said one of the Buddhist Masters. Unbiased means that such view is „Ris-med“, not belonging to the two. Such View is non-dual.

Beginning meditation for the Parting from attachment to this life is meditation on impermanence .  Buddha is teaching that meditation on impermanence is most important – in the same way as the foot-print of an elephant is the biggest. In Sanskrit foot-print means „Pada“. Deeper meaning of Pada is the Word – i.e. in the title Dhammapada or the Words of Dharma/Dhamma and in the title Vajrapada or Diamond words. Words about impermanence are most important. These are words that awakens us the most. Indian commentator of Manjusri-nama-samgiti is called Smrti. His name has in Slovenian language – which has far relation with Sanskrit – special meaning. In Slovenian language „smrti“ means deaths and in Sanskrit Smrti means mindfulness. The one who is aware of impermanence and death, is most mindful.

Manjusri`s words are indestructable as the Diamond. To be true practitioner of Dharma means to be unattached to this life and to rely on absolute awareness, not on relative perception. This means that you must not be conditioned by phenomena or clouds in the sky, but you must be the sky itself. Many people think that they are true practitioner of Dharma, if they occassionaly partitipate in some public mass initiations or if they occassionally listen to some lecture about Buddhism. This gives them feeling of belonging to something. But the dividing-line between true and untrue practitioners of Dharma is the the unattachment or attachment to one`s life. The one who is not attached to one`s life is praying every day at the Lotus feet of the root Guru : „I offer you my body, speech and mind, my life and all possessions and merit of previous lives.“

2. If you are attached to samsara, you don`t have renunciation.

Renunciation from samsara is the second step on the path of Enlightenment. When we practice prostrations to the Three Jewels : Buddha-Dharma-Sangha or to the Three Roots : Guru-Dewa-Dakini, we practice renunciation from samsara. We go for refuge and we rely on this which is not impermanent, because it is not compouded and which is not conditioned by changes.  This is outer, inner , secret and innermost secret meaning of Refuge.

One of the Buddhist Masters, namely His Eminence Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, is describing the Refuge tree and Guru yoga in this way : „When you practice ngöndro or preliminary practice in Kagyu or Nyingma schools, you see before yourself the Refuge tree. From the bottom upwards there is lineage of Tibetans. And who is on the top of the Refuge tree ? Samantabhadra. And who is this guy, you might ask ? If you ask Sogyal Rinpoche, he will answer, that he was born in East Tibet at this or that time. If you ask other Tibetans from below the Refuge tree, they will also tell you their history. But if you ask Samantabhadra, who is your father and who is your mother, he will answer : „The nature of your awareness, the clarity aspect of your awareness, the energy aspect of your awareness…“ The whole “trick” of the Guru yoga is that you pray to the Guru and at the end you arrive to yourself !“ In this way is Rinpoche explaining the Guru yoga.

When somebody is asking you : „What is your father doing ?“ and you answer : „Oh, he is just hanging arround !“ , you did not yet understand the „trick“ of the Guru yoga and you did not yet arrive to your – Father`s  natural state.

In the Guru yoga we learn how to rest in the natural state of awareness. Attachment to samsara means tensions. Just think on the wheel of samsara which Yama is holding in his gullet. He is one big tension – we must part from all tensions of samsara. This is very efficatious approach of Ati yoga or the teaching of great completeness, called Trekchö. Trekchö means to cut through all tensions or resistances. When we cut or part from all tensions – what is remaining ? Clear and shining sky – awareness of five wisdom lights and sound, Adi Buddha Samantabhadra. We renounce all ignorance or unawareness which causes tensions of attachment and rejection. The activity of Ati yoga means to master the natural state of awareness with five wisdom lights and sound.

3. If you are attached to oneself, you don`t have the Bodhicitta.

To be attached to oneself means to be egocentric and not being open. Openess is first condition to realize Shunyata or voidness. First commitment or samaya of Ati yoga is openess. In Shunyata the Bodhicitta is like the sun, shining naturaly and warming. We do not need to make the sun shining and warm : splendour and warmth are inherently present in the sun. Bodhicitta is the birth-place of all Buddhas. Many Buddhist Masters sing praises to Bodhicitta and they show the Path without attachment to oneself, continuously teaching pure Dharma. In the Prayer of Bodhicitta I spontaneously wrote :

May we, disciples and Masters

of precious Buddha`s teachings

always remain in great compassion,

generously teaching the Path of liberation

and receive the teachings with gratitude,

expressed in countless ways like the rays of the sun.

We don`t express Bodhicitta only when we recite Prayers. Bodhicitta is expressed also when we see the gipsy woman with the child in her lap, sitting at the edge of the “Hofer” or “Aldi” store. What would our Bodhicitta be, if we would at such times turn away in embarassement, pretending that we do not see her ?! Yet many people – also Buddhists – are behaving exactly like that !

There is a story about true Bodhicitta of Buddha Shakyamuni . This story is briefly mentioned in my Open letter to the Buddhist teachers in modern times. Because many people don`t know this true story, I will tell it as it is written in the book „Empty Cloud – Teaching of Xu Yun and a remembrance of great Chinese Zen Master“ (122. book , published for free distribution by the Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation in Taiwan). So it is written in the connection with fifth part of the Noble Eightfold path, namely with the right way of living or right livelyhood. Shakyamuni Buddha has true Bodhicitta and he is not conditioned by person`s appearance. Listen with attention to this ancient, yet so relevant true story :

„So the Buddha wasn`t influenced by person`s occupation or social rank. The Buddha, you see, posessed the „eye of discernment“. No pious fraud could fool him. He only had to look at a person to see just how holy that person was. Not too many people had this gift.

It so happened that near Shrawasti there was an outcaste named Sunita,

a man so low on social scale that he was not permitted to work fo a living.

He was an untouchable and nobody would dare to break the caste rules to hire him.

So Sunita earned money for food by being a flower scavenger.

Every day he`d go to the town dump and rummage through discarded flower bouquets,

searching for that occassional flower which inexplicably manages to stay fresh

while all the others have wilted.

Sunita would arrange all the scavenged flowers into a bouquet and sell it to people who passed on the road.

There may have been other people in Shrawasti who were just as poor as Sunita,

but certainly there was no one who was poorer.

Yet despite his poverty, Sunita has attained enlightenment.

He was a gentle and loving man.

Needless to say, he had heard the Buddha preach and was a devout believer.

One day, in a procession, the Buddha came down the road near the dump

where Sunita was picking through the trash.

As soon as Sunita saw the procession approach,

he quickly crouched behind a rock.

But the Buddha had already seen Sunita,

and with his Eye of Discernment he recognised an enlightened being.

„Hello, there!“ he called to the crouched man.

„Please, stand up and let me see you.“

Abashed, Sunita slowly stood up, keeping his head bowed and

his hands prayerfully pressed together before his face.

„Why were you crouced behind that rock ?“ the Buddha asked.

„Blessed One,“ said Sunita, „I didn`t want the sight of me to offend your eyes.

I am unworthy of your glance.“

Many people in the Buddha`s procession agreed. They tugged at his sleeve,

trying to get him to continue walking away from the outcaste.

„He`s unclean,“ they said. „He`s just a trash picker,

an untouchable !“

„Is he ?“ said the Buddha stepping accross some refuse

to put his arm around Sunita`s shoulder.

„Look! I have touched him, and still he lives.“

Then the Buddha asked Sunita, „Good Sir, if you are not too fond of this labor,

could I induce you to come to assist me in my ministry ?

I could use a good worker like you.“

With tears streaming down his face, Sunita agreed.

And it is said that for the rest of his life,

in accordance with Buddha`s wishes,

Sunita always stayed close to the Buddha`s side,

where the Buddha could reach out and touch him.“

Lord Buddha, Teacher of gods and man, is the manifestation of true Bodhicitta and non-attachment to oneself.

4. If there is grasping, there is no view.

Manjusri`s Diamond words are warning us about the most important – about the view, which must be liberated from all grasping. Grasping for the six realms of existences of samsara, grasping for positive and negative experiences. If there is grasping, you don`t have the view. Truly it is better to say : „If  there is grasping, there is no view.“ Because there is nobody who would grasp or what he would grasp. The view means to abide in non-duality without subject and object. The one who is grasping and that what he is grasping, is the ego. In the view there is no grasping and no ego : only pure and naked continuous awareness of Samantabhadra.

Non-grasping also means not to grasp after terminology and intelectualizing . Greatest Masters of Ati yoga knew and still know to introduce the View of Samantabhadra in a very simple way, without using any complicated terms. Indeed the Dharma of the view is non-verbal doctrine or word-less doctrine. Words, if the are necessary, are only sign-post into the natural state of non-duality. Only after directly experiencing the View and A-biding in it, we can say that words are manifesting from the View. May all beings be accomplished in enlightened dinamic of Kuntuzangpo who is praying :

„Also I, Samantabhadra have realised the nature of the base

without causes and circumstances.

This is in the base self-existing awareness

not obscured by mistakes of outside and inside,

with confirmations or rejections,

not covered with the darkness of unattention.

Therefore this self-existing display is not obscured by mistakes.“

May the Wish-granting Prayer of Samantabhadra continuously liberates sentient beings,

limitless as the sky.

Homage to Manjusri, the Wisdom Body of all Buddhas,

who is teaching in Manjusri-nama-samgiti :

„He delivered three vehicles,

standing on the fruit of one vehicle.“

„The best of all gifts is the Gift of Truth.“

D h a m m a p a d a

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E-learning curriculum

1.Write down your insingts into four verses : Parting from four attachments .

2. How can you apply the Dharma  :  Parting from four attachments in your daily life ?

1.3. Questions and answers :

Watergrass, USA asked : a) When Buddha Shakyamuni left his family for the search of enlightenment, did he behave selfishly ?

Prince Siddharta truly left his wife and a son in search for enlightenment. First of all : for his spiritual progress. He was not satisfied with luxurious life in the palace, knowing almost nothing about sickness, old age and death. Bertolluci´s movie : Little Buddha presents  this period of the Buddha´s life very authentically. Prince Siddharta was not born into Buddhist family where all family members would be devoted and practicing Buddhists. It is the story of many of us who were not born into Buddhist families – when we later find true Buddha Dharma, it becomes even more precious to us as to those who are Buddhists “by birth”. No, Buddha Shakyamuni was not selfish to leave his Hindu family . In such unselfish way he showed the Eightfold noble Path to all of us who follow on His footsteps.

b) Buddhism does not teach about God. What is then the base of ethic in Buddhism ? (Both questions are quoted by memory, because the original questions  were lost).

Although Buddhism does not teach about God or creator, there are manyfold teachings on ethic. Sila (ethic), samadhi (meditation) and prajna (wisdom of discernment) are three pillars of Buddhism. Sila (Tib. Tsul-trim) means something that is right and virtuous. Human beings don´t need to be afraid of God who will punish them for unvirtuous actions. Human beings need to perform only virtuous actions (kusala kamma) and avoid all unvirtuos actions (akusala kamma) and purify their minds (ways of thinking). This is the basic teachings that Buddha Shakyamuni is teaching about the laws of cause, condition and effect (karma).

Note: questions from Nutier, France, will be answered in next Dharma teaching.

II. WISDOM WITHOUT BORDERS

From our viewer from U.K.

Re:answer to your question

Thanks a lot for your advice, I of course recite chants and meditate before a buddha daily, I have not been a Buddhist for a very long period of time, so I am attending meditation classes in a few weeks with the Edinburgh Buddhist centre. I like the idea of daily Chikung workout, and will definetly do some research on this subject. Of course I cannot go walking around in a blindfold when i go out onto the street, where subtle erotic images can be seen in many places. But I will follow your advice as best I can, and again, thanks.
Drew   P.S. forgive the lateness of my reply, I was on holiday and could not get access to a computer.

64th anniversary of Nagasaki nuclear disaster : August 9,2009nwin In our minds we join prayers at the peace park commemoration , praying for nuclear free world ! At the same time may US President Barack Obama  be strongly encouraged to promote world without nuclear weapons in very near future. OM MANI PADME HUM

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Saturday August 22, 2009 from 3-6 pm (GMT +1) at the healing meditation place of Mr. Marjan Rupnik, Slovenia.

Her Eminence Lama Tara Tulku Drimed Drolkhar Rinpoche will teach the practice of Dharma in daily life, with questions-answers, meditation , Verses of prayer to Eight noble auspicious ones , Sang offering and planting of the nut tree for world peace. Open to everyone .

To attend , contact Mr. Marjan Rupnik :

Email: spio4@hotmail.com tel. +386 70 26 23 09

Zg. Recica ob Savinji 25, SI-3270 Lasko, Slovenia, EU.

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