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DJKR Teachings Dudjom Tersar Lung Bartsham

DJKR Teachings Dudjom Tersar Lung Bartsham

Transcription of Review by Lama Sonam Phuntsok (lightly edited)

Teaching #1 Wednesday 1st October 2008 Guru Yoga

I received this Dudjom Tersar, the series of empowerments from Dudjom Lingpa, twice from HH Dudjom Rinpoche, in Kathmandu and in Bhutan. However, I didnt receive the Ka Gy (8 herukas) or the trekch instructions (which are included within the Sera Khadro). I consulted with his father and decided not to give these, and I recommend that you receive these from other masters, e.g. Gyatral Rinpoche.

Guru Yoga is the last part of the ngndro, but since we have been accumulating the 7 Line Prayer, Ill teach it first. We have outer/inner/secret guru:

Outer = the guru who you see, who you can relate to

Inner = clarity aspect of your mind

Secret = emptiness aspect of your mind

So the inner and secret are buddha nature. In Madhyamika, guru is named emptiness free from elaborations. In Uttaratantra and Prajaparamita, guru is named transcendental wisdom, tathagatagarbha or buddha nature. In Vajrayana, guru is named Guru Rinpoche, Vajrasattva, and Samantabhadra etc. All these are referring to the same thing, the nature of mind.

When you practice the 7 Line Prayer, at times you should dissolve the guru into you and remain in that state for a while, and look at that state. When we say look, some people expect to see miracles and light. Other people say they see clarity, but this isnt from experience theyre just reciting what they read in a book. This is of no value. Gomchen means great meditator you have to meditate. There is no need to speak elegantly of your experience. For example, one of HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoches students, a gomchen, was asked to visualise Guru Rinpoche on a lotus. But he had never seen a lotus, and there were small yellow flowers outside the cave where he was meditating, so he visualised that. But Guru Rinpoches weight was too great, so he fell backwards and exposed his private parts. When he told HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche about his experience, he was very happy, as this was a real experience, not something memorised from a book.

Longchenpa said when you meditate, beginners should do it short and many times, else you will get bored and discouraged if you try to do it for too long at the beginning. If you do it short and often, then youll get used to it, and you can gradually extend the length until you are meditating for a long time. If you were to drink 15 bottles of alcohol all at once, youd get sick and never want to look at alcohol again. But if you drink little by little, then eventually you and the alcohol will become inseparable youll become an alcoholic!

Why do we visualise Guru Rinpoche and not the Buddha? One of the most important aspects of the view is interdependence, and because of this we have the notion of karmic link. Guru Rinpoche is linked to Bhutan and Tibet, the main domains of his activity. Shakyamuni didnt visit Bhutan, but Guru Rinpoche did. And one of Guru Rinpoches 5 main consorts was from Bumthang, so even on an outer level theres a link. Guru Rinpoche acts as a mirror for us to look into the nature of our minds.

Why is Guru Yoga the most important practice? When you die, you can only take 3 things with you: guru, view and yidam. What does it mean to bring the view? At the end of the dissolution of the elements, you reach the Chnyi bardo (the bardo of dharmata), and if you have practiced (the view), youll recognise Dharmakaya and become liberated. But this is very hard, as were confused and frightened then. Its easier to remember and visualise the yidam if you have practiced, but this is still hard. Easiest of all is to remember the guru, as you have been with your teacher a lot and you have got used to him. If someone recites the gurus name into your ear as you die, youll easily remember him.

Supreme & ordinary siddhis: When you recite the 7 Line Prayer, you receive siddhis/blessings. The main kind of blessing that you should ask for (the supreme siddhi) is enlightenment. Your main and only aim as a practitioner is to be liberated from karma and emotions and to attain enlightenment, and to attain enlightenment you need to remove the 2 obscurations. And to remove the 2 obscurations, you need to recognise the nature of mind. So when you ask for blessings when reciting the 7 Line Prayer, you should ask for Guru Rinpoches blessings to recognise the nature of mind.

There are also ordinary siddhis/blessings, of 4 kinds: pacifying, increasing, magnetising and subjugating/wrathful. When ask to receive these ordinary siddhis, what should we ask for?

Pacifying: we should ask to pacify karma and emotions, not sickness etc (because once you pacify karma and emotions, then sickness etc are automatically pacified)

Increasing: we should ask to increase merit and wisdom, nothing else. You need merit so your practice is good and there are no obstacles to your practice, and you need wisdom to realise the nature of mind. Who cares if your wealth increases or your lifespan increases?

Magnetising: magnetise means being under control (in this case). We need to bring under control our inner wind and our mind (Lung Sem this will be explained later when we discuss developing and completion meditation). Theres no need to bring under control worldly sponsors, beautiful girls or anything like that!

Wrathful: we should ask to subjugate our dualistic perceptions, as that is the root of emotions (and emotions are the root of samsara). Its not so that your enemies have an accident!

The above instructions are for sangha those who study and meditate. For laypeople, its good to visualise Guru Rinpoche in the sky in front, and with yearning devotion and confidence to recite the 7 Line Prayer or the Vajra Guru mantra.

Teaching #2 Saturday 4th October 2008 Dharma vs. Tradition / View, Meditation and Action

Today Im going to give an introduction to the Buddhist view. Its very important to know the view in order to know why we are doing all these practices. If we know the view, we will strive to realise that view. For example, when we know that gold, silver, jewels, diamonds are precious, we try our best and work really hard to obtain these things. If we have these precious things, then we can use them for many purposes. Likewise, we should know the preciousness of the Buddhist teachings. To know the preciousness of the buddhist teachings, we should know the benefit of practicing renunciation, doing the cutting through (chd) practice, making offerings, doing prostrations, and so on. If we dont know the benefit of these things, then we wont know the preciousness of the teachings. So we need to understand the Buddhist view.

The difference between dharma and tradition or culture

In order to introduce the Buddhist view, we should first know what is dharma. There is a difference between dharma and the different traditions of the Buddhist teachings. When we take refuge in dharma, we dont take refuge in the Buddhist tradition. So we need to know how to differentiate between dharma and the Buddhist traditions. Buddhism has flourished not only in Bhutan but also many other countries, like Korean, Japan, China, Thailand, Sri Lanka and so on. But there is a big fault in the way those countries follow the buddhadharma, as they mistake the Buddhist tradition with dharma. And over the course of time, they begin to place more importance on the traditions rather than the authentic buddhadharma. This confusion between the teachings and the tradition isnt only seen with buddhists, but also other teachings such as Christianity. For example, Christians celebrate 25th December as Christmas Day, and it has become a day of buying gifts and presents, making a tree and decorating it with beautiful things. They give so much importance to these things and not really to the teachings of Jesus Christ. And something similar is happening in Bhutan. Im not just warning you that this might happen in the future it has already happened. We give so much importance to festivals, do masked dances, and make everything beautiful just to show to the tourists. But people forget the authentic dharma, and instead they give so much importance and emphasis to the traditions. Actually, traditions are not that bad. But unlike the dharma, traditions and culture change with time and place. For example, many aspects of Bhutanese tradition, such as how the Bhutanese dress and how they behave, have changed from the early days.

But the teachings, what the Buddha taught, will never change. Buddha said that whether the Buddha appears in this world or not, the true nature of things will not change. The teachings of the 4 noble truths, 4 seals and so on will never change with time and place. For example, Buddha taught that all compounded things are impermanent. All compounded things were impermanent before the Buddha, and even after 2500 years after Buddha came to this earth, nothing has become permanent everything is still impermanent. So the teachings of the Buddha, the dharma, dont change with time and place. Only the traditions change.

We dont become extraordinary as Buddhists just by following Buddha Shakyamuni. What is extraordinary is that by following the teachings of the Buddha, we can realise the true nature of mind and phenomena. By realising the true nature of phenomena, we become extraordinary. We become unique. And we dont become extraordinary just by thinking about doing whatever Buddha taught. You wont be different from the followers of other faiths by just following the Buddhas teachings. You have to practice and realise the view. Buddha Shak