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Footprints on the Journey: Dharma Bliss - Khenpo Sodargye
« on: September 07, 2016, 04:05:04 am »
Dharma Bliss

The most reliable and enduring happiness in the world is the great bliss derived from studying Buddhadharma. This kind of bliss is very different from any earthly happiness. Bodhisattva Thogme Zangpo of Tibet is the author of The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva and The Commentary on the Bodhicaryavatara. Anyone who comes into contact with his teachings will spontaneously arouse genuine bodhichitta in the mind.

In his instructions to disciples, he made a detailed comparison between worldly happiness and Dharma bliss: “The pleasure of enjoying good food, women, and entertainment is in no way equivalent to the bliss of realizing the supreme Dharma with wisdom.” Why is that so? “It is because the pleasure coming from food and so on does not permeate the whole body; it is obtainable only through external factors; it is not available at all times at will, but only once in a while; it does not prevail in the three realms; it will not bring the wealth of supreme beings. It is exhaustible after the enjoyment; it is susceptible to enemies’ interference; it is not portable to lives after; it is not a reliance for ultimate contentment; it propagates sufferings of this and future lives; it is called a pleasure simply through its palliative effect akin to that of leprosy patients when they scratch. It feeds confused emotions such as covetousness; it leads to evil actions such as taking lives. On the other hand, the pleasure of Dharma bliss will permeate the entire body; it is available at all times; it pervades the three realms; it begets noble riches; it does not become exhausted after enjoyment but rather increases every day; no enemies can create any obstacles to it; it is portable to future lives; it is a reliance for perfect contentment; it does not multiply suffering of this or future lives; it is not happiness in name only. It has the power to destroy all afflictions and non-virtues. Therefore, the Dharma is immaculate and the utmost supreme.”

Hence, we can see that Dharma bliss is the ultimate happiness. The scripture says:

Chasing after desires, one is destroyed by desires;
Letting go of desires, one attains supreme bliss.

The only way to attain the utmost happiness is to cut off covetousness.

19th of February, Year of RenWu
April 1, 2002


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