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The second 25 lessons in the Delam – Five day teaching, August 2012 Malaysia Lessons series
Lesson Number 26 of 50
Rimpoche further discusses taking refuge and karma, emphasizing that every action of ours makes a difference. He boils Buddhism down to the bus-stop speech: “Avoid negativities, build positivities, watch your mind.”
Lesson Number 27 of 50
Nobody can hide from death. This awareness helps us to cultivate a mental state free of attachment to samsaric goodies; the perfect ground for dharma practice. Rimpoche describes the pain of rebirth, and then gives the visualization for taking refuge to protect against lower rebirth.
Lesson Number 28 of 50
Buddha said karma is more difficult to understand than wisdom-emptiness. Karma is affected by the basis of motivation, so keep a fundamental basis of virtue. We carry a huge amount of negative and positive karma, so purification of transgressions is an important part of the seven limb prayer. Comprehending karma, along with guru devotional practice, the importance of human life, impermanence, death, and rebirth, completes the common with the lower level practice.
Lesson Number 29 of 50
Guru devotional practice makes the struggle of spiritual practice easier and more uplifting. Brief “picnic spots” of pleasure keep us hooked in the misery of samsara, but we must build the mind of disliking samsara.
Lesson Number 30 of 50
Common with the medium level includes generating the desire for liberation, and the way to do so. Meditation is part of this, especially the type that makes our minds more active, rather than relaxed. There are many medical benefits known to come from the mental relaxation of meditation. But Buddha taught meditation for the mahayana path that focuses on a subject, such as “as long as we have this attachment to samara, we will not be interested in liberation at all because attachment will hold us back.”
Lesson Number 31 of 50
Rimpoche describes visualizations associated with meditation on renouncing samsara, and the request to Lama Tuwan Dorje Chang, giving the blessing to develop common with medium scope.
Lesson Number 32 of 50
Our samsara is actually the contaminated continuation of identity. Rimpoche describes how this continuation, through reincarnation, is very subtle. Renouncing samsara is renouncing this contaminated continuation.
Lesson Number 33 of 50
Buddha gave three basket trainings, the three higher trainings of morality, sutra, and metaphysics (or morality, wisdom, and concentration). These are the way to liberation.
Lesson Number 34 of 50
Rimpoche defines the bodhimind mental state, and defines a bodhisattva as someone who has this mental state. This mental state has ultimate, unlimited, unconditional compassion and love. One way to develop bodhimind is the seven stages of development.
Lesson Number 35 of 50
Compassion can be limited and conditional: we pay more attention if the one suffering is someone close to us. Conditional compassion results from attachment-oriented thinking. Bodhimind grows out of a commitment to liberate all sentient beings.
Lesson Number 36 of 50
Bodhimind involves a genuine, naturally-arising commitment. That can only happen with greater compassion. Greater compassion requires ultimate love. Love is born from appreciation and gratitude. Buddha tells us to look to all living beings as mother sentient beings, to whom we are grateful for their gift of life, nurturing, and saving our lives. A key part is the desire to seek buddhahood oneself, in order to have the best tool to help others.
Lesson Number 37 of 50
Rimpoche describes the details of the visualization for meditation on the seven stages of development, starting with Lama Buddha Buddha Vajradara in the space before me, and ending with yourself as Buddha, sending out five-color nectar to all living beings, giving them the temporary benefit of a wonderful life, and the permanent benefit of ultimate liberation.
Lesson Number 38 of 50
The goal and struggle of the spiritual path is the purification of our contaminated identities. Our identities are impermanent, so these good changes are possible. Even with some mistakes, we usually don’t fall back from our positive changes, which shows that the spiritual path is right.
Lesson Number 39 of 50
Our simple basis for judging right and wrong is whether things are helpful or hurtful. This includes not hurting ourselves; Buddha was non-violent and against harming oneself. Even rules for celibate disciples had many exceptions for individuals with special needs. Rimpoche also cautions against power struggles, black magic, and engaging with crazy people.
Lesson Number 40 of 50
Using hurt vs. help to draw the line between right and wrong agrees with how karma works. Samsara makes people think that they must hurt others in order to protect themselves or others, which is how most wars are justified. Renounce this thinking, set it as our target for changing, not for destruction. Spiritual parctitioners don’t destroy their target, they transform it.
Lesson Number 41 of 50
One quality of the Lamrim for the individual is to bring all teachings of the Buddha together. Theravada, mahayana, and vajrayana teachings all have equal importance. A bodhisattva might have the motivation to help, but without theravada practice, they would not have the experience and qualification to help. Recognizing and repaying kindness is good, normal, respectable behavior.
Lesson Number 42 of 50
Rimpoche describes the development of bodhimind by exchanging self and others. This practice helps us to decrease our self-cherishing, by collecting the sufferings of others onto ourselves, and giving our virtues and merit to others. Developing bodhimind through exchange corresponds with many practices, including the Lama Chopa.
Lesson Number 43 of 50
Developing bodhimind through ritual involves taking bodhisattva vows. There is a ceremonial component and a commitment component. The ritual ceremony utilizes all the senses to move one’s consciousness and draw emotional attention. One joins the family of the Buddhas by taking the bodhisattva commitment.
Lesson Number 44 of 50
Bodhimind must be maintained continuously. Avoid the four dark activities, and the root and secondary downfalls. Rimpoche answers some audience questions about the nature of vajrayana vows, and their persistence even after death.
Lesson Number 45 of 50
There are so many paths to delivering the ultimate spiritual development to the individual. Rimpoche lists the divisions within Tibetan Buddhism, and Buddhism in general, explaining that a great yogi will see Lamrim and Delam as the real essence of Buddha’s teaching in Pangya Paramita (Transcendental Sutra).
Lesson Number 46 of 50
Rimpoche reviews guru devotional practice, emphasizing that effort/meditation and practice are needed to truly learn. Training the mind is next, and the importance of life. Rimpoche summarizes the first two layers of the actual practice.
Lesson Number 47 of 50
The three higher trainings (Tripitaka) allow us to safeguard the future through morality, and transform the identity through concentration and wisdom. Rimpoche gives a rare glimpse into the evolution of his own recent spiritual practice (including the Guhyasamaja Sadhana), and how long it takes. Practice transforms our character, making bodhimind become part of our lives, turning all of our actions beneficial.
Lesson Number 48 of 50
We are physically, mentally, and emotionally involved in the melodrama of samsara… but not really. If we don’t move along with this melodrama of life, we become crazy. But if we completely fall into it, we become stupid. Bodhimind development completes the third layer, after the lower and medium scopes.
Lesson Number 49 of 50
After developing bodhimind, Delam includes a meditation on the six perfections.
Rimpoche succinctly describes the six paramitas: Generosity, morality, patience, enthusiasm, concentration, and wisdom.
Lesson Number 50 of 50
Except for a few more details on concentration and wisdom, this completes the Delam teaching, which is the three scopes and the six paramitas. Rimpoche gives acknowledgements to his hosts, and urges us all to retain and digest as much as we can.