Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Losang Jampa: On Helping Others

During a teaching about how to develop bodhicitta, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Losang Jampa said,

“There’s no such thing as a virtue that is too small to be worth pursuing. Instead, if you only want to do the higher, esoteric spiritual practices which you are incapable of doing, then you’ll end up ignoring the basic practices which are within your reach. The question you should ask yourself is what are you capable of doing now so that you can develop the ability to help others.”

August 11, 2012 Mahamudra Retreat, New York City

Translator: Art Engle


2 thoughts on “Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Losang Jampa: On Helping Others

  1. So true, also reassuring, somehow. To know that keeping our practice simple means we are simply keeping our goals achievable rather is rather wonderful. This teaching reminds me that my practice isn’t about me and my minds desire to make things more complicated and ‘clever’, there is no ‘me’. My ability to be helpful to others is of far more use and validity than my complex struggles to with higher teachings. Back to watching the breath for me! Many thanks.

    • Thanks for your candid response. In fact, this morning Rinpoche made the point that there’s both a sutrayana and a tantrayana form of Mahamudra meditation. The latter is the quintessential essence of Highest Yoga Tantra completion stage practice and it is definitely not for beginners.The text that Rinpoche is commenting on (First Panchen Lama Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen, Exalted Path of the Victorious Ones) primarily describes the sutrayana form. Rinpoche also emphasized that developing a correct understanding of emptiness and the true nature of the mind is a gradual process.

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