May 21

Kalu Rinpoche | Advice for beginners

Q: What kind of advice you can give to someone who begins to practice dharma?

A: I think the most important we have to keep in mind is that we want to be happy. And we want to be happy with the solid foundation. We don’t want to be happy based on the temporary necessities. That’s why we believe in Buddhism. We want to abandon the samsaric world. We want to believe in the ultimate truth, be in that moment, live in that moment. If that is our purpose, our goal, it also means that we have to practice according to that. Practicing based on the simplicity and Shamata practice, these are the most important ones. Because many different lineages and traditions they speak of different empowerments, different deities and etc. Of course, all of these are important. These are important to learn, to know, to study and to receive. But we have to keep our mind as simple as possible. That is important. If you are a beginner, don’t rush yourself to do the preliminary practice. Just do Chenrezig practice or the Shamata practice.


With love and respect from your Kalu Rinpoche
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