Jan 22

Kalu Rinpoche | Dharma Talk at the BCC UK Monastery (Part 7)

Why recognising the nature of the mind is very important? It’s because when we die, in the time of the bardo, you know, there is the bardo suffering as well. So if we can see and recognise the nature of the mind, along with it, accumulating a positivity, you call it a “positive” or “karmic” accumulation, or you know, just in general “positive accumulation”, and continuation of awareness in your mind, and then, even in the state of the bardo, you will see the […].

You can experience the bardo in the stage of your dream. Like an example, I mean of course, if you, if you drink Guiness and eat fish and chips, and, and you know, lot of sausages and eat lot of food, and then if you go to sleep, then of course that’s a heavy sleep, you know? You have no dream! You have no capacity to dream anything, you know? Because you overeat, and then you know, your brain and your body […].

In that very moment, you believe that is the real, you know? When we are dreaming. In the stage of dream, we believe that that is absolutely real. When somebody is chasing you with the knife, or with a weapon, you know? You believe in that very moment, that is absolutely real. You are completely frightened! You are completely running away! You know? With, out of fear. But then, when you are awakened, then you realise “ah, that was a dream! That wasn’t real.” But in that very moment, you had a suffering. You believed that was real. You know? The samsara, and the bardo state, is just like that. When we have no awareness, we are in this very cycle of suffering immensely, you know? Almost seem like timeless. You know?

So when you have an awareness, you can see the illusion of the mind, and then you can recognise “that is a dream” and then you can also meditate, and multiply in the state of the dream. And then you can liberate yourself from the cycle of illusion. You know?

So therefore, recognising the nature of the mind is very important.


Kalu Rinpoche at the Buddhist Community Centre UK (BCC UK) Monastery – 30 Nov 2022 (44′ 42”)

To be continued …