Oct 29

Kalu Rinpoche | 4th International Conference on Vajrayana Buddhism (Part 4)

So therefore, it’s very important to examine the very reality of the anger, the jealousy, the state of ignorance. And then once you have a conclusion, again and again, again and again, then you will have a more sense of renunciation that “Oh, I’m making the same mistake, over and over and over again” and therefore, that is the first step of renunciation.

You don’t need to renounce like Milarepa. I mean, he’s a great master, but you don’t have to do the black magic part. He’s a great master but dont go into the black magic part, you know? He’s a great master […] just copy his renunciation part.

So renunciation, we cannot compare ourselves like a Buddha Shakyamuni, where he has to go through three aeons, or like the hardships of the Tilopa and Naropa. Or like Khyungpo Naljor where he passed through Tibet, Nepal, India, and receiving a teachings in Bodhgaya from Niguma herself, and from Sukkhasiddhi and from 150 masters, you know?

We don’t have to push ourself like that, we should not copy the hardships of the great masters. We should never do that. That is first mistake. Because you cannot imitate somebody. By imitating somebody, cannot give you happiness. That is the crisis of the modern world. We try to imitate ourself by seeing somebody that appears to be happy. So you shift to spirituality and you repeat the same mistake with a different image. You understand? You know, you’re repeating the same thing, it’s like you moved from this chair to another chair to be little bit comfortable. But it’s not. Same, same chair! And you’re still sitting on the chair. You know, so there’s no difference.

So in order to have a broader understanding, with logic and the reason, of circumstance and situation of your own anger and jealousy and ignorance, you need to understand the meaning of the subtle body and subtle mind. Before you even get to the idea of “recognizing the nature of the mind”, the “buddhahood” and all of that.

First you need to understand the subtle body and subtle mind. In order to recognise the subtle body and subtle mind, you need to have discipline, you know? Not like forced discipline, but sense of what is repetitive cycle of mistake, seeing that cycle of mistake, then renouncing that bit by bit, bit by bit. You know?

And the philosophy of renunciation has to combine together in the path of spirituality along, for a long journey.

Many people, you know, whether you are new Buddhist practitioner, old Buddhist practitioner, when people become Buddhist, the first thing they do is “I’m going to do Ngondro! And then Yidam! Then Dzogrim practice! Creation and the Completion practice” and then they receive little bit of Mahamudra teaching, then they say “okay, now I understand everything”, but they are still miserable and unhappy person.


His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche talked about Niguma Yoga (11′ 18”): Tsalung Trulkhor in the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism as a part of the 4th International Conference on Vajrayana Buddhism held from October 1 to October 4 in Bhutan.
Center for Bhutan & GNH Studies

To be continued …