Ven.Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Losang Jampa PATH TO BLISS review: Sat. May 7, 2011
Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche began this session describing how to teach and how to listen to the dharma.
As a listener, we must have faith and respect for the teacher and the Dharma – understanding the kindness of the teacher. How do we develop faith? By listening to the teachings and putting them into practice – this will subdue your emotions and allow faith to grow.
How To Teach The Dharma
* Think of the benefits of hearing the teachings
* Respecting the teacher who delivers the dharma – (similar to the benefits of listening)
The teacher giving the teachings must be free from craving and delusions – (for example pride or wanting honor or desiring students to see you as knowledgeable)
Respecting the teacher refers to the Buddha – the source of the Dharma – at one time, Buddha was like us, but through practicing the dharma he became purified – so when teaching we pay respect and honor to the Buddha and the precious dharma teachings
* Attitudes to maintain while teaching and what to think
– abandon stinginess, give full instructions – holding back is a form of miserliness
– don’t talk about yourself, (ex. “I received this from so and so..”)
– abandon drowsiness, do not be tired while teaching
* Abandon jealousy, do not criticize other’s views or religions
* No postponing requests from students – give out of love and compassion
* Keep teachings simple and clear as to not confuse students
The 5 Attitudes on How To Listen To The Dharma
- Teacher as the Doctor
Dharma as the medicine
Listener as sick person
Buddha as a holy being
Wishing the Dharma to remain forever
Before you teach – 3 kinds of purification – outer, inner, and secret
- clean your body – wear clean clothing
- inner purification of non-virtuous actions – inner cleansing by confession of non-virtuous acts and broken vows
- suchness purification – secret – develop an understanding of selflessness
Before you teach, do 3 prostrations to the throne – imagine lineage lamas of that particular teaching -prostrate to lineage lamas – then snap your fingers and recite verses about impermanence – once you sit on the throne offer mandala – then set motivation – sometimes the lama touches the text to be taught to their head while setting motivation
Distinguishing between those you should teach and those you should not –
wait for the student to request – or if you see someone for whom the time is right and they are an appropriate vessel then you can make an exception and give the teaching
In the Lam Rim there are 26 examples of behaviors to keep in mind while teaching –
Ex. Do not give teachings to someone who is sleeping, laying down or standing etc.
Practice the 6 Perfections this = aspirational Bodhichitta
Refuge, then mind-generation – practice patience – generosity – and morality = the 3 easier Perfections for the lay person to practice + doesn’t require meditation or study
For ex. Just by not reacting with aversion, attachment or hatred you are practicing patience –
Making a commitment to actually practice – one may wish to take daily, weekly, monthly or yearly vows or until you die ex. Morality = not to kill
Before generating Bodhichitta – The 4 Immeasurables
Meditating on boundless equanimity – “I wish I could see all sentient beings as equal”
Meditating on boundless compassion
Meditating on boundless love
Meditating on boundless joy – “I myself will cause them never to be separated from happiness”
“I wish to see all sentient beings as equal, I wish to make it happen, I will make it happen (commitment),
I request the blessings of my Lama to be able to free all beings from suffering”
**Even swifter than Highest Yoga tantra is Guru Yoga Practice
Life practice in the Lam Rim = Guru Yoga as primary practice
By recognizing or catching the clarity of sleeping – first you must understand emptiness = purpose is to recognize emptiness while dying – can practice catching this moment of understanding emptiness during sleep in preparation for dying – to assure a good rebirth moving towards Buddhahood – understand the next life is very close to us! It could happen at any time! Therefore avoid the 10 Non-Virtuous actions –
Try one day a time and gradually eliminate the 10 non-virtues.
Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche then gave some visualization instructions which are in the De Lam (Path to Bliss) text.
Recordings of this class are available on the Guhyasamaja website.
posted by Rebecca Freeman, SPC