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Experiencing the Ambrosia
(ABC Newsletter, Feb-Mar 96)
While doing confession, if one can meditate on the emptiness of each negative
karma, it becomes unbelievable purification --- powerful and unbelievable merit.
If one can't get the feeling of emptiness, then one should think that it is
merely labelled. After confessing each negative karma, think, ‘This is merely
labelled, this is merely labelled’. That gives you an idea of emptiness --- that
it doesn't exist from its own side. If this doesn't give directly the feeling of
emptiness, then think: ‘Dependent-arising, merely labelled, subtle
dependent-arising’. This can help one get the feeling of emptiness.
Every time one meditates on emptiness, so much merit is accumulated. As we
have the freedom to practise the Dharma, we should make use of this opportunity
to purify and accumulate inconceivable merit in such a short time.
(Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 30 Jan 95)
On accumulation of merit
Meditating on rejoicefulness is one of the most profitable practices for
accumulating merit. It is the easiest way to accumulate most extensive merit and
good karma. The more good karma we are able to accumulate, the quicker we are
able to achieve enlightenment. Achieving enlightenment depends on how fast we
can accumulate merit, how quickly we can finish the work of accumulating the two
types of merit --- the merit of wisdom and method.
Therefore in everyday life, the more we are able to accumulate merit, the
closer we come to enlightenment. This is the greatest among all the
achievements, the greatest success and the most important thing for all sentient
beings. So I usually emphasize to stop there for a while (after the limb of
rejoicing in the Seven-Limb prayer) to meditate on rejoicefulness --- rejoicing
in one’s own three times’ merits and the three times merit of all the Buddhas,
bodhisattvas and sentient beings.
(Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 30 Jan 95)
the good heart
So now, if one has compassion, all the sentient beings --- starting from the
nearest person, animal, or (any) being around oneself --- don't receive harm
from oneself Instead they receive peace and happiness.
So all the peace and happiness that other beings receive from you is up to
you. It is in your hands whether you offer all this happiness and peace to other
sentient beings or not.
Therefore having a good heart, practising loving kindness, compassion,
bodhicitta, and benefitting other sentient beings, becomes the most crucial
work, the utmost necessity, not only for one’s own present life and future
lives’ day-to-day happiness, but especially for the peace and happiness of the
numberless sentient beings.
Without compassion one lives one’s life with the
ego, the motivation is the ego. Then depending on the ego, dissatisfied,
disturbed and unhealthy states of mind --- attachment, anger and harmful
thoughts --- arise. They motivate negative karma which harms oneself and harms
others. So from life-to-life, one harms all sentient beings, directly or
indirectly. So there is this danger of oneself, one person, giving harm to
numberless sentient beings.
results in good health
When the mind becomes unpeaceful, dissatisfied and disturbed, when strong
attachment, anger, jealousy, pride and so forth arise, then the vehicle of the
mind which is the winds gets disturbed. Because of that, the four elements in
the body get disturbed and unbalanced. When the four elements get unbalanced,
disease comes. The imprints left on our consciousness due to past negative karma
then manifests (as disease).
As I have mentioned, having a good heart
--- practising compassion and bodhicitta --- is the best method and the best way
to be healthy. Through a healthy mind, the body becomes healthy.
is one’s good friend
Especially when one has a problem, when one's life is in a difficult state,
compassion transforms it into happiness. Practising compassion is the best way
to have a long life, the best way to achieve wealth, the best way to quickly
purify and create the cause of happiness, the best method to achieve all
happiness up to the ultimate state of enlightenment.
The best way to fulfil all one's own wishes
for happiness now and in the future is by practising compassion. The most
reliable friend that helps you all the time, who never cheats you, is your mind
of compassion --- bodhicitta, the good heart.
manifestation as deity
Working for others without the slightest mistake and without any problem,
one will be able to bring sentient beings from happiness to happiness, to the
highest full enlightenment --- the cessation of all the mistakes of the mind and
all the obscurations, and the completion of all the realizations.
The Compassionate-Eye-Looking Buddha,
Avalokiteshvara, or Kwan Yin, is the embodiment of all the Buddhas' compassion,
aimed specially at granting the blessing to generate compassion within the minds
of sentient beings and to develop bodhicitta. Only through this is one able to
achieve all the realizations of the Mahayana path to full enlightenment, the
non-abiding sorrowless state. Only then can one give perfect service, do perfect
work for all the sentient beings who equal the infinite space, without the
manifestation as mantra
Even if one doesn't have any intellectual
wisdom or knowledge, and even if one hasn't studied Dharma or can't read Dharma
books, still if one spends the life reciting the Compassionate Buddha's mantra,
Om Mani Padme Hum, then just from this practice, the mind naturally gets
transformed into compassion. And one will be able to develop greater and greater
compassion towards other sentient beings.
By reciting the Compassionate Buddha's mantra, devotion also
develops. Then because of devotion to the guru and the Triple Gem, other
realizations come very easily. One will be able to generate wisdom and realize
emptiness, the ultimate nature.
(Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 28 Jan 95)
There is no way that a real "I" exists. The "I" is simply what the mind has
made up. It is a label, an idea, made up by the mind which then believes in it.
Because there are aggregates, because there is a base, the mind just simply made
up the label "I".
Therefore, because it is just an idea of the mind, the "I" is completely
empty. Because it is merely imputed by the mind, the "I" doesn't exist at all
from its own side. It is merely what the mind has made up, what the mind has
imputed and then believes in.
The main point is that even the "I" which exists - the merely imputed "I" -
is completely empty and doesn't exist at all from its own side. It is completely
empty, like space. It is not space but like space. It is not completely
non-existent but it is like it doesn’t exist.
So what it is is extremely subtle. There's a very subtle and fine border
line between the existent and non-existent, fine line like the sharp side of a
razor blade, unbelievably subtle and fine. This is what the "I" is like. It is
very subtle. The ‘I’ is completely empty of existing from its own side, like it
In reality, all actions, the body, mind, aggregates, objects, forms, sounds,
smells, tangible objects, the sky, clouds, cars, all these things that appear
very real and concrete, all phenomena are like this ‘I’ that is completely empty
from its own side, empty like space. This is the reality, how everything is. But
due to our hallucination, due to the imprints left on our mental continuum by
the past ignorance, everything --- the ‘I’, actions, objects --- that is merely
labelled by the mind appears to exist from its own side.
(Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 29 Jan 95)
The Three Goals of ABC
There is nothing complicated about the goal of ABC. It is not difficult to
First, it is to achieve happiness for future lives. That is the most
Next goal is to achieve liberation, to completely end death and rebirth, all
the sufferings of samsara --- the oceans of suffering of the hell, hungry ghost,
animal, human, sura and asura beings. To completely end suffering and never to
experience it again, to achieve ultimate liberation for oneself and also to
cause all other sentient beings to achieve this.
The third goal, and the most important one, is to achieve full
enlightenment, the completion of all qualities and cessation of all mistakes and
obscurations. To achieve full enlightenment and be able to lead every sentient
being into peerless happiness, full enlightenment, by freeing them from all the
sufferings and causes of suffering
(Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 31 Jan 95)
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