Saturday, November 19, 2016

Two Methods for Accomplishing the Practice of Dzogchen

After our White Tara practice tonight, Acho Rinpoche did the following sharing.
There are two methods for attaining the practice of Dzogchen (The Great Perfection).
The first method requires a practitioner to learn widely and practise renunciation, bodhicitta and the Six Perfections (offering, discipline, tolerance, diligence, meditation and wisdom), who eventually needs to attain the state of emptiness in order to accomplish the practice.
The second method requires a practitioner to trust his root guru fully, with utmost reverence and confidence in his teacher and believing in his teacher as a Buddha. The greater his confidence is in his teacher as the Buddha, the greater is the power of blessing he would receive in return. In short, a practitioner must find a qualified spiritual guide and trust his spiritual guide completely as a Buddha; however, it is actually very difficult for one to fulfil the second conditions due to his personal ego.
Reported by Sun-Moon KFS on 14-11-2016

View Others as Buddhas

Acho Rinpoche shared a teaching given by Venerable Jin Kong after our Guru Rinpoche practice tonight.
Venerable Jin Kong advised a practitioner to learn the attitude of a bodhisattva by the name of Good Wealth. Good Wealth always regarded others as the Buddhas who meant to help him walk the path to enlightenment and regarded himself as the only commoner. Such attitude can prevent a practitioner from falling in his practice.
“No matter how others scolded me, criticised me, praised me or belittled me, they actually meant well to help me on my spiritual cultivation.” It is likened to another bodhisattva by the name of “Belittling No One” who regarded everyone as a Buddha and prostrated to everyone whom he met with reverence.
          “I’m a commoner. The rest of the people are the Buddhas who meant well to help me in my spiritual cultivation,” which is in fact a key teaching to a practitioner. Only one who beholds such attitude can prevent himself from falling in the practice.

Reported by Sun-Moon KFS on 19-11-2016