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Absolute Guru; Dharma vs. Samsaric Happiness
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Although the teaching event was titled Eight Verses of Mind Training, Rinpoche did not give commentary on that text. Instead he taught on various lam-rim topics such as stories of Asanga, samsara, guru devotion and emptiness.
that which is bound with infinite compassion to oneself and to all the sentient beings without exception, so that which guides us to liberation, the cessation of the whole entire suffering of samsara and the cause, the delusion and karma.
So now here it’s easy to think, with this understanding, with this basic understanding that knowing that the guru has conventional guru, absolute guru, so that guiding us, educating us and persuading us to engage in virtue, cause of happiness, and then that way we achieve or receive happiness,
The Buddha, Dharma, Sangha that we take refuge, that we rely upon to not be reborn in the lower realms, to receive a higher rebirth, and that we rely upon Buddha, Dharma, Sangha to not be, to be free from samsara, the oceans of samsaric suffering and cause, delusion and karma,
Sangha, so we achieve liberation and by relying upon Buddha, Dharma, Sangha we achieve full enlightenment and liberate each and every single sentient being from the oceans of samsaric suffering and bring them in full enlightenment.
So this Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, by relying upon them that we achieve all this, so came from guru, so all the doer is guru. And all the three-time happiness came from guru, so as mentioned before. So that’s the reason, so all the doer is guru.
Guru is Dharma, that’s the absolute guru, the absolute guru is Dharma, that is the ultimate Dharma, that is the ultimate Dharma that we, Rinpoche starts to lose his voice, drinks] that absolute guru, that dharmakaya,
For what purpose? To benefit for others, to liberate numberless sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric suffering and cause, delusion and karma, and to bring then in full enlightenment, by ceasing even the subtle defilements.
That, like the Asanga, the same story I mentioned before, at the beginning cannot see anything then later, after twelve years having done retreat then in the road saw, it’s Maitreya Buddha but saw animal form.
So many mention Arya Sanghata Sutra so even Asanga become Arya Sanghata Sutra. So Asanga, so it’s according, so that time there’s some karma to see but it’s animal form, karma to see animal form, so manifest in the animal form.
As Vajradhara said in the tantric text, Gyu Takpa, in this tantric text that, might be Hevajra root tantric text, I think, Gyu Takpa, I think maybe second chapter or something, In the future degenerated time I will manifest as a vajra master, in that form.
And also say, I am Vajrasattva, so Vajradhara, Vajrasattva, same, names just for different aspect, at least their hands, one is called Vajrasattva, one is called, if this embrace this with a vajra, then Vajradhara.
for controlling, controlling deities, increasing deities and then wrathful deities, so various, even to guide one sentient being, to accomplish various activities, then manifest various different aspects of male and female. [pause]
So by developing the guru devotion then, sorry, I didn’t finish the quotation. Tibetan So in Gyu Takpa, the tantric teaching, mentioned by Vajradhara, Tibetan I, who’s called Vajrasattva, in order to benefit for other sentient beings, Tibetan I will abide in ordinary form, Tibetan in the form of ordinary being. Tibetan
And so those quotations then, so there are many quotations that Vajradhara himself predicted that he will guide us.
life becoming shorter and shorter, the degeneration of sentient beings, degeneration of time, degeneration of view, that less people, the view has worldly, worldly beings’ view, [pause] the perfect view and then the view of the worldly beings, jig ten ?kyi tawa. [pause]
So, this is also called jig ten ?kyi yang tapai tawa, the perfect view of the worldly beings, so that’s karma, the correct understandings, the correct education of from where the happiness comes and from where suffering comes, correct education.
So the other one is the, from the four schools of Buddhist philosophers, it’s not talking about the four traditions, the four Tibetan Mahayana traditions, it’s not talking these. It’s talking about the four schools of the Buddhist philosophers, which happened in India,
or ?che ta me wa, Sautrantika school, ?do depa, and then Chittamatrin school, ?sem sampa, then the Madhyamika school, umapa, then the umapa has two, rang gyurpa, Svatantrika school, then teng gyurwa, the Prasangika school.
So Prasangika school’s view, Madhyamika school, the second one, the Prasangika school view, that is the, their view’s, the perfect view that is the Prasangika school, the Madhyamika school, the Prasangika school’s view, the unmistaken, the perfect one, the ultimate one.
So however, degeneration of view, yeah, so it means more people they find very easy to believe no reincarnation, no karma, all these things, and more difficult to understand, to have faith in the right view of the worldly beings, the karma.
And then so difficult to understand, there are so many people in the world easy to believe in the wrong view and the most perfect correct view of Prasangika school, then very difficult, don’t understand.
So however, degeneration of time, then many wars, sicknesses, many new sicknesses coming, wars and all these difficulties happening, tsunamis, all these earthquakes and dangers of fire, water, all these things.
So and as well as Guru Shakyamuni Buddha, the hundred-age time, in this world when the human being’s age is a hundred, when their age become shorter and shorter from 80,000, the very original human beings, the very first human beings on this earth, then ?tse la pang me,
means unimaginable, it doesn’t mean you can’t count, it doesn’t mean it has no beginning, but it means unbelievable number, so it’s said ?tse la pang me, unfathomable life.
So now here, so there’s, from the unfathomable life goes down ten age, then goes up, then again goes down, again from ten age, then again goes up, so there curves like that, goes down ten age then goes up, so curve like that, twenty, so that’s, one curve is one intermediate eon,
So one great eon has a curve like this, life become shorter, shorter, shorter, from the unfathomable life, shorter, shorter, shorter, ten, then from ten again, by creating merit become longer and longer, then 80,000, so like that now there’s two curves, so like that, twenty, so twenty intermediate eons so that is one great eon.
And how long it takes time to dissolve, to finish, then, yeah, the whole, including the hell realm of this world, this universe, including the hell realm, that’s the lowest one of this universe, so there is those realms, form realm, formless realm,
Then later, I don’t know, maybe another time, I’m not sure anyway. So then the crops growing it happened later. So due to the karma, crops growing.
So beginning the crops, you plant in the morning and they grow, like one day’s like a season, plant in the morning, evening time you can enjoy, you can take, it grew.
In the past I used to feel that, by eating, it affects the body. So anyway, with attachment then, due to karma, then eating that impure food, the earth or something, then sex came out, male and female sex came out.
Due to food then this body become gross, then sex, then attachment opposite sex. Then that’s why they build shelter, that’s why they, to hide, so then they started to have sex and then other human beings throw rocks or dust, always they throw things when they have sex, so then they build the shelter .
The shelter’s, the very first time why build a shelter, at the beginning there’s no shelter, so I think there was no need of shelter, so I think the purpose of building shelter came after that, I think. For, I think, privacy. So anyway, something like that.
Then there was no owner for the land or food, things, plenty, so then some human beings they tried to collect, so I think they, past karmic imprint, I think, dissatisfaction, tried to collect the grains, in the house tried to collect.
Because I think before there was no collecting, there was nothing to collect because there was plenty, morning plant, evening you can get.
So then it started to become, I think created disharmony or things like that, so then the leader, then the reason why there’s need a leader. Before there was no need leader, there was no need at all, no problem, no need leader.
But then because of the, some people that have more dissatisfied mind so then the reason to have leader, to control, to make rules, then that leader came, issue of the leader, so that happened after. So this is how it is explained in the teachings.
Due to karma, due to karma of the living beings, the living beings who are going to live in this universe, so then, in that universe, so due to their karma then the wind comes from another universe, then again the same thing, the whole evolution starts.
So here the main thing what I was going to say is that, I don’t know, I don’t know why I came to this point, again I lost.
Yeah, so like this. Yeah, what Buddha Vajradhara said, what Buddha said, degenerated time I will guide sentient beings, so degenerated, so I’m talking about the degeneration of life, why life become, getting shorter and shorter is because of the degeneration of mind, delusions becoming grosser and grosser.
Once it’s achieved it’s forever, there’s nothing to change, like samsaric pleasure, temporary pleasure. [pause] It is one time, the ultimate happiness, total liberation, once we achieve it never decreases, impossible, and it’s forever.
You abide in that state forever. And also this is one time work, to achieve this, one time work, so working for this is one time, actualizing the path to achieve liberation, there are five paths to achieve liberation,
The highest realm of samsara is the formless realm, where there’s no suffering of pain and suffering of change, temporary samsaric pleasure, but they are not free from the pervasive compounding suffering.
And then that karma of the future rebirth, and then that leaves, from delusion, motivated karma, the action, which leaves imprint, seed, on the mental continuum and from that imprint that is left on the mental continuum produces the future rebirth, the future samsara.
So that it compounds, the present aggregates, nature of suffering, and then it compounds the future life sufferings. So the formless realm beings they are not free from pervasive compounding suffering.
So anyway, the mind in great peace, happiness, free from the attachment that’s grasping to these desire realm, form realm, formless realm, by discovering all these three realms are only in the nature of suffering, as they are in reality as they are only in nature of suffering.
So this is one time work, one time practice. Whereas samsaric pleasure, the comfort, the pleasure of food and shelter, clothing or pleasure of sleep, pleasure of sex, all these pleasures, because their nature, by analyzing what you discover is only suffering nature, and so therefore, the feeling on which one labels pleasure is only suffering.
It appeared as pleasure to one’s own hallucinated mind and believed as pleasure and then attachment rises, as ultimate pleasure or as independent pleasure, ultimate pleasure, independent pleasure, that pleasure exists from its own side.
So then, on the basis of that then attachment rises, grasps on that, clings on that, then that attachment becomes, makes us to tie again to samsara, so makes to be reborn, that’s the immediate cause, makes to be reborn again and again in samsara.
Doesn’t increase, doesn’t get bigger and bigger longer and longer, doesn’t become bigger and bigger, doesn’t increase.
So first of all, the first thing, it doesn’t increase. Second thing, it doesn’t last. So then you repeat again, do again, again, again and again, so there’s no end, never finishes.
Still the same, try again, try again, try again, doing again and again, so the work, trying to achieve those pleasures has no end, never finishes, like the ripples of the ocean, the waves, like that, never finish.
And Dharma happiness covers all the three realms, desire realm, form realm, formless realm, but samsaric pleasure doesn’t cover all three realms. So there’s big differences. So therefore, the other one is meaningless.
So here, it’s just one time work. No matter how difficult it is, no matter how long it takes time, to achieve the realizations of the path to liberation, to enlightenment, no matter how many eons it takes time, not only lifetimes but how many eons it takes time, it’s one time work. You never have to repeat again.
So huge differences. So here, so working for Dharma happiness, the liberation, enlightenment. Then, I mean, this is not only for your own happiness but this is, after you’re liberated then you’re able to liberate the numberless other sentient beings with your complete experience of the path and enlighten all sentient beings.