Jan 27

Kalu Rinpoche | Dharma Talk at the BCC UK Monastery (Part 9)

You can help other people in this world, by loving kindness, but you should not pretend to be compassionate, because the true meaning of compassion, it means “selfless”, you know? Absolutely selfless. That is in Buddhist term སྙིང་​རྗེ།nyingje[karuna – compassion], you know, “changchup sempa nyingje chenpo[Bodhisattva great compassion], you know? Like when we have a compassionate, when you say you are “compassionate being”, you know? You have absolutely self importance, or self fixation, you know?

So we should not address ourselves that “ah we should be compassionate”, and “we should be this and that”. We should rather keep it simple, with loving kindness, act of generosity. “Act of generosity” doesn’t mean that you have to give money all the time, you know? “Act of generosity”, the practice of generosity, means visualising in your mind, you know, visualising in your mind, and making a mandala offering to all the Buddhas and Bodhisattva, that is also the practice of generosity. You know? Because you are not repeating for yourself “I want this” and “I want that” and “I want this” and “I want that”. You know, you are saying “I offer this universe and this, all this offering to all the Buddhas and all the Bodhisattvas” and having that sincere offering generosity practice.

If you have that continuation of generosity practice, whether you can make an actual offering, like a charity act, or whether you do mainly by the visualisation, it has a same impact in your mind because that reduces the self centered attitude. You know? As it reduces the self centred attitude, and the illusion of the mind, the attachment, and the strength of the attachment, you know? Because the very essence of the attachment comes from the, you know, the, comes from the ego. And then from the ego centric attitude, that essence is coming from the state of unknown.

The state of unknown, we call it མ་རིག་པ།ma rig pa[ignorance]. You know? The unknown state of mind, which is, ignorant doesn’t mean you are stupid. Ignorant in the Buddhist term, it means “absent from wisdom”. You know? So when you have no wisdom, that means, ignorance, you know?

So therefore, it is very important to understand cause of each other, and then focus on the practice of generosity, when it comes to the visualisation.

And like an example, when you receive an empowerment of the Tantrayana practice, you know? To practice deity appropriately, you know? With a refuge, with a Bodhicitta, and of course, with the completion, creation stage, and completion stage, and then as well as a dedication at the end. You know? So regardless of the length of the practice, you carry on with that principle, is very important.

Is it half an hour already? Almost, okay.


Kalu Rinpoche at the Buddhist Community Centre UK (BCC UK) Monastery – 30 Nov 2022 (49′)

To be continued …