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Title: Khenpo Tamgrin Rinpoche:3Questions and Answers
Post by: Melodious Conch on March 28, 2016, 06:40:56 pm

Questions and Answers:

Is the Buddha Dharma Idealism or Materialism?
Khenpo Tamgrin Rinpoche Answer:
The Buddha dharma is neither idealism nor materialism. All phenomena are empty while the causes and effects are not, so Dharma is accommodative and unhampered. The “mind” referred to in idealism is existent, while the “mind” referred to in Dharma is empty, and in the emptiness everything can manifest.

There is “the vow to learn the boundless Dharma gates” in the vast vows of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra. If it is boundless, how can we complete the learning?
Khenpo Tamgrin Rinpoche Answer:
The Dharma gates are boundless, while the power of your mind is also boundless. Master one and you will master all. Therefore, when you can really inspire your inner power, even though the Dharma gates are boundless, you can immediately understand all of them without any obstacles.
The Dharma gates are boundless, but our mind is also everywhere, and they are of the same truth and the same principle. When having returned to the nature of mind, everything is the same one, and all are talking about the same thing—the mind. Right because the Dharma gates are boundless, it can be completed; otherwise, it cannot.

My health is always not so good, minor illnesses never stop, and serious illnesses also come occasionally. Some fortune-tellers told me that the fengshui of my residence was not good and I needed to change the house. Whether do you think it is necessary?
Khenpo Tamgrin Rinpoche Answer:
Many problems in our lives can be solved through confession. Say, you are always obsessed by illness, at this time if you go to spirits or Taoists for fortune telling, then go to hospital, that means you do not have the right view on causes and effects. The real reason of a sickly and short life is that the karma of killing accumulated in your past lives was too heavy, and this is the effect of killing. If you want to get liberated from the sufferings of illness and want to be healthy, you need to confess and diminish the bad karma. Just like the smoke comes right after the fire is lighted, to solve the problem of smoke, one has to extinguish the fire at first. As long as the cause ceases, the effect ceases automatically
One with correct awareness and right views need not go to fortune-tellers, since Buddha Sakyamuni already predicted for us more than 2,500 years ago, and also provided us with the solutions. The Buddha’s prediction is the most accurate, which means only the causes and effects are the real source of all problems, nothing else; only the methods taught by the Buddha is the ultimate solution, nothing else. You entreat spirits or Taoists, but all of them do not have the method to solve the problems from roots. The only method to solve the problems from roots is the Dharma taught by the Buddha, which is confession. As long as the karmic hindrances are eliminated, the fate will automatically get transformed.

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