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Qualities and Results of Study and Practice

This sangha talk was given on the occasion of Rinpoche’s leave of absence from Naropa University, May 31, 1994, prior to leaving for a trip to Tibet and Asia. His advice to students of MSB on how to proceed with their study and practice, and the results of being a practitioner, are as relevant today as when they were first spoken.

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Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and the Sangha of Mangala Shri Bhuti,

Would like to honor and acknowledge, with immense gratitude and deepest appreciation and respect, all those who, day after day, bravely and tirelessly risks their well-being to serve others in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. We all thank you from the very bottom of our hearts.

Cuidándonos Durante una Pandemia - Reflecciones de Nuestras Prioridades Mentales.

Extractos de una charla por Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Consejospara transformar el miedo y cultivar la  Bondad ante la pandemia.
 

We all hope the global upheaval from the spread of corona virus does not last long. Of course, if it does persist there will be devastating effects on many fronts. That will be something none of us have seen in our lifetimes. Considering the challenge and difficulty that the whole world is facing, we must pay heed to the suggestions and advice of the health authorities. We need to get ourselves organized and act accordingly. 

 It is said that the bond between sangha members who have the same Root Guru is among the most profound and deep relationship one can possibly have with another human being. Only the relationship between a student and their Root Guru surpasses this. That means the bond between sangha members is said to be far greater than that found between parents and children, friends, relatives and so on. Why is that so? Because the sangha is based upon a mutual vision of realizing the enlightened path. Since the goal is the most profound goal possible for beings to strive for, the community which supports such a vision is built with bonds that surpass all others.

In this world, the Buddha Shakyamuni displayed twelve deeds and Guru Rinpoche eleven. The Buddha demonstrated passing into parinirvana – the twelfth deed – but Guru Rinpoche did not and will remain until the universe is destroyed at the end of the kalpa. This is why Guru Rinpoche is, for Nyingmapas, the most precious of all masters. Where our meditation is not stable, Guru Rinpoche’s meditation was stable. And not only that, it remains unchanging to this very day. No-one can affect it. If even a billion mara armies tried to alter it, they wouldn’t make the slightest impact. This is the calibre of meditation that Guru Rinpoche mastered, and it is known as the ‘vajra-like samadhi’.

Making Friends with the Mind: An Approach to Egolessness of Self

One of the points that has helped me as a pratictioner when I am out in the world, traveling, or simply not in retreat or the supportive context of, for example, a sangha event, is to constantly come back to egolessness of self. Not egolessness of dharma, not egolessness of other people and the emptiness of other things. But rather, to reflect more deeply upon a sense of selflessness. How I approach selflessness is from the perspective of being friends with myself. 

- Excerpted from the introduction to A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems, in which Sogyal Rinpoche recounted the teachings of Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.

“One who is in harmony with emptiness is in harmony with all things.” – Nagarjuna

The prevalence of technology in modern society presents us with a dilemma: the more dependent we become, the more we begin to see technology as a sort of savior, as something that will become our ultimate friend, our source of joy and comfort. Our love affair with technology increases day by day, and we rely on it far beyond its original, practical application; it’s place in our lives is at this point beyond our control. At this moment, human society is at risk of losing its moral and ethical basis as we work less and less with one another as fellow human beings. Unless something changes dramatically in this co-dependence between people and technology, the isolation between fellow human beings will only increase. The prevalence of technology in modern society presents us with a dilemma: the more dependent we become, the more we begin to see technology as a sort of savior, as something that will become our ultimate friend, our source of joy and comfort. Our love affair with technology increases day by day, and we rely on it far beyond its original, practical application; it’s place in our lives is at this point beyond our control. At this moment, human society is at risk of losing its moral and ethical basis as we work less and less with one another as fellow human beings. Unless something changes dramatically in this co-dependence between people and technology, the isolation between fellow human beings will only increase. 

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