Jul 09

Kalu Rinpoche | Wisdom Dharma Chat – importance of the Guru Yoga (Q&A11 – Part 2)

And so therefore the Guru Yoga is very important because that’s where we get our inspiration and the foundation of being a Buddhist practitioner.

But it doesn’t require blind faith either. Blind faith is definitively not something we need because there is too many religion in this world that promote too much blind faith. And then they start so much suffering with each other, since the beginning of the human history that we develop this religion based on blind faith, right?

Even at the time of the Buddha there is different religions existed already. Not just after the Buddha, the religions existed. So blind faith is definitively not something we need, it’s definitively not something that we need to promote either.

We need to have an analytical understanding and that is reflecting our own cycle of suffering, our own version of why we are unhappy and how I can obtain a little bit of blissfulness in my life, how can I obtain a little bit of happiness, a little bit of quietness and a little bit of more than just an idea of happiness eventually and then you get into the idea of enlightenment and so on.

But then if you don’t have an analytical conclusive understanding from your side, there is no point of following, isn’t it? The more you have a conclusive understanding with the meaning of impermanence, with the meaning of suffering, and then naturally you see the value and the preciousness of this special being and then that is a Guru Yoga.

Reciting the prayers again and again doesn’t make you the great Guru Yoga practitioner at all. I’ve seen a lot of individual who does a lot of reciting of the Guru Yoga, there are terrible individual. And one of them is myself [haha]. I do lot of reciting and I still have a negative view to my Guru and I still survive. There is no sense of negative punishment just because you have a negative view. Negative view continue to exist, it doesn’t matter. As long as you have a continuation of a good heart and a sense of little bit of reflection of truth in yourself and how you project yourself to benefit others, as long as a little bit of a beacon of hope exists, it’s fine.


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