So now, let’s get back to our label. So in order “to transform our emotion into a state of a clarity”, we must practice and examine from a very small portion. Like an example, this is not a new method, this is an old method. When we do a retreat, and I did the three years retreat, as everybody does, three years retreat. The first practice that we do is understanding the meaning of, the preciousness of the human life, the preciousness of the time, the reality of the samsara, the reality of the suffering. So all these basic understanding are very important to combined together, whatever the practice you may be doing.
Of course we want to have a very peaceful experience when we are meditating and that is our desire. But the method has to be respected. So it is very important to carry on with the small method of renunciation in the beginning. Because the more renunciation, small portion by portion, small portion by small portion, the more you do the practice of renunciation, the more genuine attitude tends to develop in oneself. And then once you have that, and then you have a sense of honesty to oneself, then you have a sense of transparency eventually. And whatever you speak or do, it is always to help others, it is always to liberate others.
So therefore, it is very important for all of us to understand that renunciation does not mean that you have to go under the bed and cry. Many people they don’t like … because they want to have some sort of a break from the reality of suffering. But in order to have a long term break is to examine the very existence, not the object. Like an example, when somebody praises you, like an example, they say “Ah Rinpoche la, I like your …. you’re doing very good now a days”. Then in that very moment, then I examine the very thought in my mind, I say: “do I have a pride in this very moment or was it absent from the pride?”
So to that extent, to that extent, you need to examine yourself, to that extent, you must renounce, eventually, you don’t have to do that right now, but eventually you have to reach to that level of awareness, without any force, without any obligation but rather with genuine understanding ….
Transforming Our Ordinary Emotion to Clarity by Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche
Hawaiï Association of International Buddhists – Saturday, Feb 19, 2022 (31′ 16”)
To be continued …