Losar Message from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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ViestiKirjoittaja ... » 25 Helmi 2014 18:44

Year of the Wood Horse, 2014

I have a special request to make of those who are connected with me – who consider themselves to be my friends and students but who are in reality merely my victims – and of those who are karmically indebted to each other.

From the first day of the new Tibetan year, the year of the horse – 2 March 2014 – whenever you have a spare moment, day or night, please chant the mantra of interdependent origination:

om ye dharma hetu prabhawa | hetun teshan tathagato hyavadat | teshan tsa yo nirodha | ewam vade mahashramanah soha

Then, dedicate the merit, primarily towards the flourishing of the Buddhadharma throughout the world, but also whatever you wish for personally.

On new year’s eve I will send another message explaining the benefits of reciting this mantra and how to practise it. The aim is that together we accomplish one hundred million recitations.

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Buddha’s teaching on dependent arising distinguishes him from all others as the supreme expounder of the truth. Once dependent arising has been pointed out to us, it’s a truth so blatantly obvious that we wonder how we missed it. Yet in our daily lives, our craving for independence is so strong that we forget how entirely dependent we really are.

We may notice that we depend on food, for example, on shelter and even friendship, but we forget, or perhaps fail to notice, the fine and intricate web of subtle phenomena upon which we are equally reliant. And because we ignore this reality, we find ourselves falling over and over again into a realm of disappointment, where we become numb because we are too hopeful and then sink into the agony of hopelessness.

But the truth is that our conditioning rules us. We both create conditions and depend on conditions, some of which are good, and others we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies. Those of us alive today are extremely fortunate because the name of Shakyamuni Buddha still exists and still has meaning. Shakyamuni Buddha is therefore an important condition, a "dependent arising," that can help us shape our lives.

This Losar, to strengthen dependent arising, I would like to ask all those who follow the Buddha’s Dharma, and all my friends, to accumulate 100 million mantras of dependent arising as quickly as we can, and to pray fervently that the Buddhadharma continues to flourish and spread throughout the world.

How to Practice

Visualize Shakyamuni Buddha high in the sky before you. He is surrounded by his disciples—monks, laypeople, arhats, bodhisattvas, and mahasattvas—who gaze at you with compassion. As you chant the mantra, rays of light emanate from their hearts, and the conditions of everything touched by this light instantly become auspicious and truly beneficial. If you prefer, you can visualize Shakyamuni Buddha sitting directly above your head.

Please count the number of mantas you say, even if you only recite one. As soon as a system for collecting your accumulations has been put in place, we will let you know how to contribute your total toward our collective goal of 100 million.

om ye dharma hetu prabhawa | hetun teshan tathagato hyavadat | teshan tsa yo nirodha | ewam vade mahashramanah soha

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UPDATE - HOW TO CONTRIBUTE YOUR MANTRAS OF INTERDEPENDENT (DEPENDENT) ORIGINATION:

Please submit your weekly count every Saturday to the email address below that corresponds to your region together with your name, until we collectively reach the 100 million recitation goal. Please restart your count to zero after each submission.

Australia/New Zealand:
Brazil:
Bhutan:
Greater China (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau):
Europe:
India:
North America:
Southeastern Asia:

(If your region/country is not listed, please choose the nearest region above to send your mantra count to.)

Happy chanting!

Johann_

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ViestiKirjoittaja Johann_ » 26 Helmi 2014 07:37

"my victims", I like honest people. How ever, less would believe honesty. :) Good that Buddha found a way out.

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ViestiKirjoittaja ... » 02 Maalis 2014 11:01

Buddha’s teaching on dependent arising distinguishes him from all others as the supreme expounder of the truth. Once dependent arising has been pointed out to us, it’s a truth so blatantly obvious that we wonder how we missed it. Yet in our daily lives, our craving for independence is so strong that we forget how entirely dependent we really are.

We may notice that we depend on food, for example, on shelter and even friendship, but we forget, or perhaps fail to notice, the fine and intricate web of subtle phenomena upon which we are equally reliant. And because we ignore this reality, we find ourselves falling over and over again into a realm of disappointment, where we become numb because we are too hopeful and then sink into the agony of hopelessness.

But the truth is that our conditioning rules us. We both create conditions and depend on conditions, some of which are good, and others we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies. Those of us alive today are extremely fortunate because the name of Shakyamuni Buddha still exists and still has meaning. Shakyamuni Buddha is therefore an important condition, a "dependent arising," that can help us shape our lives.

This Losar, to strengthen dependent arising, I would like to ask all those who follow the Buddha’s Dharma, and all my friends, to accumulate 100 million mantras of dependent arising as quickly as we can, and to pray fervently that the Buddhadharma continues to flourish and spread throughout the world.

How to Practice

Visualize Shakyamuni Buddha high in the sky before you. He is surrounded by his disciples—monks, laypeople, arhats, bodhisattvas, and mahasattvas—who gaze at you with compassion. As you chant the mantra, rays of light emanate from their hearts, and the conditions of everything touched by this light instantly become auspicious and truly beneficial. If you prefer, you can visualize Shakyamuni Buddha sitting directly above your head.

Please count the number of mantas you say, even if you only recite one. As soon as a system for collecting your accumulations has been put in place, we will let you know how to contribute your total toward our collective goal of 100 million.

om ye dharma hetu prabhawa | hetun teshan tathagato hyavadat | teshan tsa yo nirodha | ewam vade mahashramanah soha

Johann_

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ViestiKirjoittaja Johann_ » 03 Maalis 2014 08:49

Christians will love it as a alternative. At least to paint a picture of Buddha is not forbidden. I thought just "Purelanders" have such desires and hopes.

I fear that the further existence of Dhamma will require a little more and different effort. But hope dies always on the end.

Good that Buddha did not put much stuff into hope and found a alternative after looking deeply into the desert, otherwise we would just have prayers left.

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ViestiKirjoittaja ... » 17 Maalis 2014 12:15

Johann_, yes.

UPDATE - HOW TO CONTRIBUTE YOUR MANTRAS OF INTERDEPENDENT (DEPENDENT) ORIGINATION:

Please submit your weekly count every Saturday to the email address below that corresponds to your region together with your name, until we collectively reach the 100 million recitation goal. Please restart your count to zero after each submission.

Australia/New Zealand:
Brazil:
Bhutan:
Greater China (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau):
Europe:
India:
North America:
Southeastern Asia:

(If your region/country is not listed, please choose the nearest region above to send your mantra count to.)

Happy chanting!

Johann_

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ViestiKirjoittaja Johann_ » 17 Maalis 2014 12:51

To say yes, and do not mean so would be a deliberated lie. That is the Sila part of training. Basics, no further on Dhamma at this place.

Just for the case if some are open to it: That the True Dhamma Might Last a Long Time

There will be, in the course of the future, monks undeveloped in bodily conduct, undeveloped in virtue, undeveloped in mind, undeveloped in discernment. They — being undeveloped in bodily conduct, undeveloped in virtue, undeveloped in mind, undeveloped in discernment — will give full ordination to others and will not be able to discipline them in heightened virtue, heightened mind, heightened discernment. These too will then be undeveloped in bodily conduct... virtue... mind... discernment. They — being undeveloped in bodily conduct... virtue... mind... discernment — will give full ordination to still others and will not be able to discipline them in heightened virtue, heightened mind, heightened discernment. These too will then be undeveloped in bodily conduct... virtue... mind... discernment. Thus from corrupt Dhamma comes corrupt discipline; from corrupt discipline, corrupt Dhamma.

This, is the first future danger, unarisen at present, that will arise in the future. Be alert to it and, being alert, work to get rid of it....


And again, there will be in the course of the future monks undeveloped in bodily conduct... virtue... mind... discernment. They — being undeveloped in bodily conduct... virtue... mind... discernment — will not listen when discourses that are words of the Tathagata — deep, profound, transcendent, connected with the Void — are being recited. They will not lend ear, will not set their hearts on knowing them, will not regard these teachings as worth grasping or mastering. But they will listen when discourses that are literary works — the works of poets, elegant in sound, elegant in rhetoric, the work of outsiders, words of disciples — are recited. They will lend ear and set their hearts on knowing them. They will regard these teachings as worth grasping and mastering. Thus from corrupt Dhamma comes corrupt discipline; from corrupt discipline, corrupt Dhamma.

This, is the fourth future danger, unarisen at present, that will arise in the future. Be alert to it and, being alert, work to get rid of it.


[Brahmans] of the Western Land

... "Suppose a man were to throw a jar of ghee or a jar of oil into a deep lake of water, where it would break. There the shards & jar-fragments would go down, while the ghee or oil would come up. Then a great crowd of people, gathering & congregating, would pray, praise, & circumambulate with their hands palm-to-palm over the heart [saying,] 'Sink, O ghee/oil! Submerge, O ghee/oil! Go down, O ghee/oil!' What do you think: would that ghee/oil, because of the prayers, praise, & circumambulation of that great crowd of people sink, submerge, or go down?"...


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