❤✿THINLEY NORBU RINPOCHE : BIRTH CONTROL
Alive Dharma teaching August 31, 2011
❤✿I. _/♥\_ NAMO AMITABHA ༀམཎིཔདྨེཧཱུྃ། 南无阿弥陀佛
Dear worldwide Friends of Buddha Dharma , may this Teachings find you in good health, peace, wisdom and prosperity. We focus on Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche´s advice about birth control – it is not much written and spoken about this in Buddhist centres, but influences the live of many Buddhists. Birth control should not remain taboo topic either. Included are also other post from selected programmes of Buddha Dharma- enjoy Universal learning at the HERITAGE OF MANKIND . Treasure of pure Dharma.
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2.1.Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche : BIRTH CONTROL
Nowdays birth control is widely used . Is it sinful according to the Buddhist teachings ?
Buddhism is neither an eternalist sytem which believes in a creator of all things nor a nihilist system which holds that nothing is real beyond what can be perceived by the senses. In general, Buddhists believe that our mind is the basis and creator of all phenomena, and that all conceptions make karma or habit. Through habit many phenomena arise and the cause of these phenomena is conception or dualistic mind. Though conceptions are invisible, they continuously make karma until all conceptions finally vanish into non-dualistic mind . Although there is bad and good karma, Pandit Dipankara said : “Until all conceptions are exhausted, there is karma”. So, we should believe in the cause and result of karma. Then we should try to abandon bad karma and make good karma.
According to the Buddhist system, there are many bad karmas, but the worst is killing, especially the killing of human beings who are support for enlightenment or the source of benefit to other sentient beings. Even though because of our ignorance we can´t abandon all bad activity, still we should abandon the worst as much as we can. We also can´t carry out all the many possible good actions, but at least we should try to fulfil the most important ones as much as possible.
Our children are drawn to us because of previous karma, so if we use birth control, it seems that we create an obstacle to their birth . Their birth is like repayment of a loan. If we reject it, it makes bad karma and increases the loan interest. So we should try to accept our karma whether it is bad or good without disbelief in the knowledge that all phenomena are caused by karma.
As such as we are always praying to be reborn in the jewel of a precious human body, we are constantly doing things to make obstacles for human rebirth. So mostly birth control serves the purpose of allowing us indulgence in our passions while avoiding compassion for those with whom we have established previous karmic bonds. In general people think of having many children only in terms of their present convenience , seeing children as a cause of problems and obstacles to their freedom. At first there might appear to be some immediate truth to that, but really , if we examine it sharply we can see that some people who have many children have no problems, some with many people have many problems and others with no children have no problems. It can not be foreseen.
We also have a tendency to forget that the mind must take rebirth in one of the six realms regardless of the population in this world. Perhaps it is better to give beings in lower realms the opportunity to gain merit and attain liberation through a precious human body. Population control solves some of the material difficulties for humanity but who is to say that the poor , the wretched cannot attain liberation if given the opportunity ? Is liberation only for those of wealth and power ? Liberation begins with a first step and it is best with a human body .
The best way to have sexual relations is to follow the inner tantric system. First, we find a great yogi or teacher who can pass on to us his experience in high vajrayana practice. We should never have doubts about tantric system. According to this , we should practice without rejecting human birth and always, with seven exceptions, control ejaculation.
If we can not practice this way, we should adopt the vinaya system of becoming a monk or nun, or another vow system of abstinence grounded in wearied mind and general weariness with samsara.
Some people may think that monks and nuns by their abstinence from sex practice birth control. That in the effect is true but there is a major difference . Ordinary people who do not understand or believe in the Dharma have sexual relations to satisfy their desires , their motivation being selfish and impure , whereas monks and nuns are weary of samsara and renounce their desires in order to attain enlightenment and thereby help all sentient beings . Vajrayana practitioners as well may seem to practice birth control by using and controlling desire , but their intention is also pure. They do not have sex in an ordinary way. They visualize pure deities in their practice with the intention to attain desireless wisdom bliss, enlightenment, and to help all sentient beings.
Intention then is what is most important. If we believe in the Dharma , then we should practice in either of these two ways or as normal married couples without forethought of preventing birth.
I did not mean to reject birth control if it is the social custom of a country. For those who don´t belive in karma, it is not necessary to follow Buddhist belief In karma. I am speaking only of my own personal conviction.
Published in Gypsy Gossip , Crystal Mirror Vol. IV, Dharma publishing , Berkeley, USA
Translation of Gypsy Gossip into Slovenian language : Ciganski klepet , Buddha Dharma, Vajra-Garuda e-publications, 2003 , CD-Rom , ISBN 961-91189-1X, translated by Tara Tulku Drimed Drolkhar Rinpoche Bibliographies of researchers & authors at the Institute for information sciences www.izum.si/cobiss 90321
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Questions and answers : sonamtshewang Bhutan on ATIYOGA* DZOGCHEN ❤☀ THREE TESTAMENTS OF GARAB DORJE:
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we Buddhista pray and request a lot to various Lha such as Guru rinpoche, dolma and jamyang etc. Is it right way to pray to external sources for protection and blessing < for me it looks like Hindus view. grateful for your clarification.
@sonamtshewang INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY BUDDHIST STUDIES : this question is interesting, since it comes from Buddhist from Bhutan who has hundred of years of Buddhist history. When we pray to Guru Rinpoche,Manjushri ,Arya Tara and other Wisdom deities , it is not any external source of gods. All Wisdom deities are contained in our innate Buddha nature , as taught in 3 Testaments of Garab Dorje. Discover your true nature by following pure Ati Yoga Dzogchen master .
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Amit Khazum I pray and hope that all people of all religion stop killing innosence animals just for their test and enjoyments. I am very sure Chatral Rinpoche’s teachings ll open the eyes of those lucky people who ll go through Rinpoche’s words. Thank You!
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I was looking for such teaching like a hungry man for food. Helpful and great service to Buddha teaching . wonderful.
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I was looking for such teaching like a hungry man for food. Helpful and great service to Buddha teaching . wonderful.
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