In October, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Losang Jampa was asked to share his thoughts on how to cope with the economic downturn. The following is a loose transcription of Rinpoche’s response.
With his characteristic good humor, Rinpoche explained how to practice tong len by making offerings by transforming our virtuous stock of karma into wealth and whatever is needed by sentient beings. At the same time, we breathe in and take upon us all their suffering – their poverty and anguish.
If we are suffering during this crisis, we should understand and accept this as the ripening of our karma. Our lives will end whether the economy is good or bad. We need to urgently practice Dharma now. Only Dharma can be taken to the next life, and this is much more important than accumulating wealth. Wealth can not be taken to the next life. For those of us who are close to the next life, there’s nothing to be worried about, even if we die of poverty, that’s just a lack of mental contentment. But if we experience the poverty of the Dharma, that’s a real problem.
If something can’t be changed there’s no point in worrying about it. If you want to practice Dharma, you have to relax! In times like this, it’s the people who have no money, who have nothing to worry about because they have nothing to lose.
To hear the audio clip, http://www.guhyasamaja.org/Recordings/KR_economicAdversity.mp3.