Jan 08

Kalu Rinpoche | Niguma Meditation Paris – refuge to the precious Lama (Part 4)

And then if you have understanding of the reality of the suffering, cause of the suffering and then the devotion comes naturally, compassion comes naturally. Otherwise, you have to push yourself to be compassionate which is very exhausting!

Okay, so now, this Niguma’s visualization goes like this. First, I have to explain to you, right? So just so that you understand clearly. So Niguma’s “Cleansing with the AH” visualization goes like this:
So first, you visualize the refuge of the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha and then you say “I would like to benefit all the sentient beings. And therefore I would like to follow the path of the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, so that I reach to the path of the enlightenment eventually and become like a Buddha, a Buddha you know? like itself, enlightened being, awakened one. And by the result of that, benefit all the sentient beings. But in order to reach there, I need to receive your blessing, the cleansing of all the negativity, you know? From my body, speech and mind”. And sincerely, you know? And making that aspiration from your heart, you know. So that is very important, you know?

Like saying that “I take refuge to the Buddha, I pray to the Buddha” or “I take a refuge to the Buddha”, or “I seek the Buddha as part of an example, part of an inspiration to my spiritual path” also, you know? So you say: “I seek Dharma’s blessing, I seek the Sangha’s blessing and then with that blessing, let all my negativity, has” you know? “let it be cleansed”. And then sincerely from the heart. Not just like word repeating in your mouth, not just a word or sentence that is coming in your head, but sincerely, you know?


ma nam kha dang nyam pé sem chen tam ché kyap kün gyi ngowo la ma rin po ché la kyap su chio lak so

All Sentient Beings, my mothers, who equal [the extent of] space,
go for refuge to the precious Lama who is the embodiment of all refuges

Sincerely from your heart. You know, you don’t have to repeat so many times, just say one time, two time, you know? Like an example, when you love somebody, you don’t say “I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you”, no “I love you”, you know? You express, you express your emotion, your, your connection to that person. One sentence is enough, you know. If you have to repeat so many times, then you meet the wrong person [haha].

So, you know, I’m not saying the refuge is like that. What I’m trying to say is that: try to mean it, you know? don’t just repeat in your head, you know? Don’t say that “I take a refuge to the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, Buddha, Dharma…”. Don’t do that.

I take a refuge to the Buddha and all the Bodhisattva. I take a refuge to the Dharma, the teachings of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, the teachings of the ultimate truth. Then I take a refuge in the Sangha as an example and a place where I can seek all the great examples, so that I can accumulate all my positive quality” you know? Like that.

That is a refuge, you know? It’s not so complex, it’s not so difficult, is it? So you think like that!


Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche – Breathing and Niguma Meditation
September 8, 2023
La Grande Pagode de Vincennes – Paris

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