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Offline Bodhicandra

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Bring everything on to the path
« on: August 20, 2010, 10:24:47 am »
Greg put the following quote in the 'Is everything perfect "just as it is?"' thread.

When we are able to control our minds through mindfulness, everything that appears in samsara and nirvana becomes an aid in our practice and serves to confirm the meaning of the teachings.

--from Zurchungpa's Testament: A Commentary on Zurchung Sherab Trakpa's 'Eighty Chapters of Personal Advice' by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, based on Shechen Gyaltsap's Annotated Edition, translated by the Padmakara Translation Group, published by Snow Lion Publications

This has given me the thought to start a related thread...

HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche is referring directly to an attitude / an instruction we have in our Dzogchen meditation classes, right from the first steps.

We call it 'Bring it all on to the Path".

You regard every incident, every annoyance, every excess of joy, every forum post with which you disagree as an opportunity to learn, to watch your emotional reactions, to be aware of what other associations / memories are being evoked - and then to watch them dissolve back into nothingness.

This has two great benefits:
  • You remove 'energy' from the external phenomenon - it just becomes 'interesting' for its effect on you,
  • You have a seemingly-endless supply of material with which to practice.

It can also defuse difficult group situations, as when recently, on retreat,  someone let out a loud, odoriferous fart as he sat down at the start of a meditation session. The perpetrator was ever so apologetic, but the person sitting immediately behind declared: 'It's quite all all right, I brought it on to my path - thank you for the teaching'.

Do other traditions / yanas have this practical attitude to apparent phenomena?
"Your first task on the path is to learn to stop being a nuisance to the world"
adapted from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Offline Lobster

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Re: Bring everything on to the path
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2012, 11:00:45 pm »
Do other traditions / yanas have this practical attitude to apparent phenomena?

Where else are you going to bring it?
Creating wind when someone has already passed is just refined farting.

Wisdom, the capacity to offer in someone's path, the awareness one experiences, requires a different yoyo yana.

How do we engage this component in an 'others' path? Humility. Compassion. Taking on the karma.

Ultimate path eh? Learn to change other peoples nappies. Then we can discuss shit.  :namaste:


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