Q: Is this yoga we just saw, is it similar to the “tsalung” practice in Bön and [Nyingma] Dzogchen? Is there similarities or not?
Kalu Rinpoche: I cannot say there is a similarity, because I, you know, I, I personally never experienced the Dzogchen yoga practice, or the Bön yoga practice, but I think since it is related to the Lord Buddha’s teaching.
Like an example, the Dzogchen or the Chakchen [Mahamudra] are, you know, all linked to the Lord Buddha’s teaching, so all the yoga practice that is coming from the, all the great Mahasiddha who practice Buddhadharma, it’s all same: same goal, same intention, maybe different movement that comes from their own inspiration and their own quality of mind and they add little bit of tweak here and there, make a little bit of adjustment, add a little bit of extra screw here and there [haha] yeah, and then they put a name of the top of that, then it becomes so different.
But then if you really practice it sincerely, you don’t have this idea of “oh, that is separate, therefore it’s different”, you don’t have this sense of “against”, you know, you have a sense of cherish-ness to everything, isn’t it?
Like an example, as I have always mentioned, His Holiness Dalaï Lama, you know, even he is the greatest, you know, Buddhist teacher throughout our Tibetan history, known to be as a the Great Fourteenth right? But still, even everybody see him as a Great Fourteenth he still receive all the teachings from the Dzogchen, Chakchen, and the Gelugpa master, Sakyapa master, throughout all the different tradition, right? So there’s no sense of separation at that stage.
So I think the most important is cherish, practice, keep a mindset open, it’s good.
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Perspective on dharma in the modern world – 4th May 2023
To be continued …