First of all, I want to say thank you very much for this introduction. And then also for inviting me for, for, to give a talk and to share my experience. I want to say thank you very much to the Doctor Desmond and all the members of the Buddhist Society of London.
And, and second, I want to say thank you to all the, our participants here. You know, maybe it is the first time that we have met, maybe it is our second time or maybe multiple times we have met already, whether online or, you know, last few years ago. So, so I want to say thank you very much for being there, for sharing your precious time, even though it’s late or too early for some countries, still willing to make an engagement and learning Dharma and showing your pure motivation and, you know, I’m very grateful for that and I rejoice that.
So now let’s get to the point of what I’m going to say.
First of all, all this, you know, the, the biography that you have just heard, is all the perfections, you know? It is written so beautifully, again and again it has been edit, edited again and again. And the spiritual journey is nowhere close to that. So that’s something we have to understand, you know?
In order to become a great master, you know, you have to become a good practitioner. In order to become a good practitioner, whether it’s a Theravada, whether it’s a Mahayana, whether it’s a Tantrayana, the most important is acceptance to the reality. And that is the most important. The reality is not always favorable to our wish at all times. Sometimes it can go, go against us, sometime it can go with, along with us, along with our desire, along with our hope. So, it is very important for, for being a so called “a Buddhist practitioner” to understand and accept the meaning of reality. And when I say “the meaning of the reality” it does not mean that you have to accept the reality of the suffering and overwhelmingly to yourself and to your mind and be in the state of despair and cry and be regret and, you know, be depressed about it. It doesn’t mean that.
“Accepting the reality” means seeing the true meaning of reality beyond the projection of the mind and beyond the, beyond the, the layer of illusion, you know? So that is the meaning of “seeing the reality”, you know? If you just simply say “everything is impermanent, and then anything, that is been, you know, from the birth and then is bound to die” and then being in a state of despair, that is not really a way, it’s not really the way of accepting the reality, you know? Accepting the reality means coming down to having some sort of a foundation of renunciation. And that’s the most important.
The Great Way with Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche (7′ 50″)
Zoom Meeting – November 24, 2021
To be continued …