Khenpo Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche
is the power of strength. It is feeling free from fear.
With windhorse energy, all things go without obstacle. Those
who have good windhorse have good fortune, good luck.
Sometimes when a Lama says you're wind energy is very low, it means
you face obstacles. Your mind is irritated, physically you are
not so well, and generally things don't go well. You go here, run
into an obstacle. You go there, and run into another obstacle.
Back and forth bouncing in the obstacles, back and forth. This
is called 'low windhorse.'
To deal with that, sometimes a Lama will recommend that you raise
prayer flags on the mountain and make special smoke offerings. The
prayer flags have a lot of prayers, and those prayers are taken by
the wind. This harmonizes the whole environment.
Basically, this is conservation of the environment, respecting the
environment. That way, you balance your inner five elements
and outer five elements. When we destroy the outer five
elements, it also destroys our elements because they are
interdependently related, connected. That's why we need to
respect the elements; for our own benefit.
When you pollute the outside air, you still have to breathe
in. People have no wisdom. They pollute the air, then
they work on how to purify the air. This is called: 'to free
from suffering, you create suffering.' In the first
place, don't pollute the air. Then there's no need to work so
hard. Actually, we are torturing ourselves. First we
pollute the air, then we just fight, quarrel. The same thing
is true with water. When water naturally comes from mountain,
it is so fresh and pure. Just drink that. But now water
is so polluted, we need water purification. That makes life
We can raise wind energy mentally and physically. Mentally, we
raise windhorse through developing compassion, loving kindness and
wisdom. This is more important than anything else. When you
have confidence in your mind and fearlessness, that is mental
windhorse. Physically, we raise windhorse by respecting the
environment, and protecting the elements both outside and inside.
So, with pure motivation, you raise wind energy.
Basically, windhorse is related to karma. The root is karma
cause. Whatever causes we create, we experience the result.
teaching was excerpted from a commentary on the long-life practice
of Amitayus given by Khenpo Rinpoche in June 1997 at the Peace
Village. Khenpo Rinpoche is an accomplished practitioner,
scholar and Abbot in the Drikung Kagyu order, and an advisor to