Sep 18

Kalu Rinpoche | Niguma Yoga Event in France – Refuge and Bodhicitta (Part 8)

So okay, so now the cleansing, coming down to the cleansing. If you have a, you know, phone with you, please keep it silent and then you can do a recording at the same time. Maybe you can take it with you at home. You have phone with you? So then, you can listen, you know, carefully, and then meditate. So, yeah, you can start the recording now.

So, whether you consider yourself Buddhist or not Buddhist, like Situ Rinpoche my Guru he says “we are all Buddhist”, you know. Because Buddhism is not about being converted or not. Like an example, in other faith you have to convert yourself, say “oh I’m this” and “I’m that”.

In Buddhism, you don’t convert yourself into some, like an example, the meaning of the refuge, you know, like cutting the hair, all that, it’s ceremonial, it’s not mandatory, it’s not obligated. But people love ceremonial, so then, and for some, it’s good for business [haha]. I’m joking, I’m joking.

So they think with this idea that “Oh, you know, you have to take the refuge”, and some people they like to make themselves very important that “Ah, okay, I’m having the refuge! because you are the person took the refuge from me!” that sort of, so people get into this idea like, “oh, you know, I’m converting! I’m leaving things behind, and becoming a new person” and all that stupid things.

You are not a new person. Still the same person, nothing change. You just simply have to improve over the time.

So, so that’s that, long story short.

What I am trying to say is that, whether you consider yourself Buddhist practitioner or not a Buddhist practitioner, just try to have a good heart in it. And try to say “I’m going to start this Cleansing AH practice and I dedicate to benefit all the sentient beings” and “I see this practice meaningful because of the teachings of the Buddha, the journey of the Buddha” you know?, “therefore I look up him as a part of aspiration and inspiration”. Like all the sentient being, be like him and myself like him, one day, so have that kind of an opening ceremony to yourself. That is important.

That can be conclude as a refuge.


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To be continued …