Q: Hey Rinpoche, what’s the “vajra pride”? How does it differ from the ordinary pride?
A: Many people when they think about the vajra pride, they think that “Ah, I have to hold into the identity of the vajra! I’m a Vajrakilaya! I’m a Hevajra! I’m a Vajrapani! I’m a, how do I say, I’m Manjushri! I’m Avalokiteshvara! I’m Chakrasamvara! Six-Armed Mahakala!” you know? So then they are very fixated to that, and they think that is a “vajra pride”.
But actually, the real definition of the vajra pride is simply: continuation of yourself visualizing and meditating with a sense of deity and chanting mantra with the body, speech and mind combined together at all times, with a gentle approach. That is a vajra pride. You know?
So overthinking about the deity does not make it vajra pride. Continuation with a sense of awareness of the deity, with a mantra once in a while, and reminding yourself with the meaning of impermanence, and the reflecting the beauty of the teachings of the Dharma, and then these are the true reflection of the vajra pride.
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