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The Teaching of Rinpoche 2019

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According to Buddhist scriptures, animal beings could have seeds of Buddhahood planted in mind just by hearing names of the Buddhas. Thus it is very important to offer them some Dharma recitations prior to their release. If you skip this step and release them in a rush, then they are just being saved from temporary sufferings, knowing they could be captured again and have no guarantees for their next life.  A complete life releasing should include recitation prayers and refuge giving, so that the animals can receive blessings from the Three Jewels.  We should also be aware that if we have truly arise compassion during this process. If the above conditions are all met, we  can generate unimaginable amount of merits through group practice of life release.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

June 20, 2019

founded on good hearts, our most important attitude while releasing captive animals is to treat them with compassion. By having compassion, even releasing a tinny fish would cultivate you huge merits. Additionally, other than doing this by ourselves,  we should also actively introduce this virtuous deed to others, or rejoice when seeing others do it, in this way our mind will always abide in this virtuous intention - a great source of merit.  As an attained master said:"a virtuous deed can shelter you from a hundred disasters."  For those who rejoiced and participated in life releasing, fortunes will naturally come and disasters can be avoided. Therefore, life release is a way to accumulate merits and benefit self and others - in which, yourself is the biggest winner.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

June 20, 2019

The huge merits you can receive from saving a single living being, " - is equal to building a seven-level treasure-adorned  Stupa(Buddha tower)", the Buddha says. However, if we sell cattle to butchers and get them killed,  for the purpose of funding your good actions such as building stupas and monasteries,  then it would be a huge mistake. Committing evil deeds in the name of virtuous won't gain you any merits, and yet there's worse -  your negative karma would be doubled.  A Buddhist master once said:"Buddhists should learn the Buddha's great compassion by giving up killings, and releasing captive animals, that is the truth path of Bodhisattvas."  Learning the compassion from Buddha obviously isn't enough, his transcendent wisdom is also needed to ensure we are walking on the correct path. The first wisdom we need is knowing how to make decisions in respect to karma. When having the knowledge of karma as a guide, we will never make mistakes such as killing animals to make offerings.

 -Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

June 4, 2019

Lian-Chi, ancient Chinese  Buddhist master, once said: sickness of humanity are resulted from their evil deeds of killing committed in the past or present life time. And the best remedy for these negative karma is to abandon killing and release  captive animals.  Many would have doubts against this theory of sickness related to karma, thinking it is unbelievable.  Doubts like this are reasonable, however we should not reject them immediately.  In fact,  we humans cannot see the past and future with our limited perception, for example,  animals are able to see, hear, sense and predict things we cannot. Knowing our limits, should we not be more open and modest while exploring the world? Certainly, we should not blindly accept phenomena or natural laws that are unknown for us, but we shouldn't blindly reject them all neither. Even Buddha Shakyamuni himself welcomed reasonable doubts against his teachings.  We can learn many examples of sickness related to karma from true stories in ancient and modern Buddhist scriptures,  and biographies of attained masters,  by comparing them with our own life experience, we will for sure understand more about what the Buddha said.

 -Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

June 4, 2019

For the past and present, all attained Buddhist masters recommended life releasing.  The purpose of Buddha Dharma coming to the world is to help sentient beings attain the Buddha's nature and wisdom,  however due to their various capacities, beings in the six Samsaric realms need to be liberated through different ways. Animals such as fishes and shrimps are not as intelligent as human, neither do they have the opportunities to study Dharma,  hence  the best way to help them is to release them from being captive, a temporary way to remove their sufferings of getting killed. When we are releasing them, they could have the seed of Dharma planted in mind by listening to our recitation, and they could be free from the three miserable realms by drinking the nectar water we gave, which will enable them to receive human birth in future and to learn Dharma.

In conclusion, releasing captive animals is the most efficient, convenient way to help them. Nagarjuna says:"Among evil deeds, killing is the heaviest; Among good actions, life release is the best." Therefore in addition to the vow of non-killing, Mahayana Buddhists should also actively engage in releasing captive beings.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

May 29, 2019

Life release should be a long term practice. How do we actualize the aspiration of liberating all sentient beings, a vow we took upon entering the Mahayana path? Releasing captive animals is a way to do it.  Ancient masters say:"Life release's power can only be seen in long time, although a cup of water cannot eliminate the fire on a burning wagon, but when many people are doing it together, their joint effort is able to purge any fires." The wagon on fire is an analogy of sentient beings' shared karma in this decaying age. If we can encourage people around us to participate in life release,  then all disasters on Earth could be avoided. If we wish our family to be happy, our mind and body to be healthy, and the entire world to be harmony, then life release is the easiest way to get there.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

May 25, 2019

Acupuncture , an ancient Chinese medical technique, is an effective remedy for many diseases. Although no Western medical scientists have proven the principle of acupuncture from their perspective, but it has already been widely accepted by the world because it extraordinary effects.

In the same way , many Buddhist  theories and stages haven't been  witnessed by ordinary people, due to the limitation of modern scientific measurement methods, but histories of science in the past several centuries has shown even when the science was not able to prove something's existence , that doesn't mean it is wrong. It is reasonable to have doubts against certain matters, but we should not easily deny a principle without first trying it. As it says in "400 Verses of the Middle Way":" Raising doubts against emptiness would still become the origination for one's liberation, for those with lesser merits to practice Dharma. " It says, any reasonable questions about  the theory of emptiness and Dharma can still become the starting point of our liberation. Fortunately, nowadays there are many Buddhist masters who have attained the stage of emptiness, they are good spiritual teachers we should learn Dharma from.

-  Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

May 19, 2019

Some practitioners might think:" compare to my own Dharma practice, releasing captive animals is not as important ." This is a miscomprehension about the Mahayana Dharma. We consider ourselves "practitioners", what would the Buddha do in our situation? As said by past masters:"Having attained the selfness stage, the Buddhas care for all sentient beings. Thus saving their loved ones, is the wish  of all Buddhas." The wish of the Buddhas is to liberate all sentient beings, which is what we commonly refer as great compassion - the first thing to learn in Mahayana Buddhism. If we ignore other living beings' sufferings, would Bodhicitta truly arise in our mind? We should study from teachings of Buddhist masters from the past and present,  to see what attitudes they have towards life releasing. Have  all living beings' welfare in mind and offer helps whenever we can, that is the true path of Mahayana.

-  Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

May 10, 2019

What precautions should be taken prior to releasing captive animals? Regarding this, Yin-Guang, 19th century Chinese Buddhist master says:"a benevolent person should improve himself by carrying good actions, however small they might be; and refraining evil deeds, however small they might be. If people expect everything to be done perfectly before releasing captive animals, then there won't be any chances to do it for their entire life." Although his teaching subjects to some wrong doings in his time, but nowadays we are still having those problems. Some of us always worry about after releasing fishes, they would be eaten by other fishes, or get captured again, or the releasing environment is too harsh for their survival, and so on. In the end they would just give up, for the fear of not being able to do it perfectly. Those wrong doings were criticized by Master Yin-Guang.

Indeed, we should properly take care of all procedures before releasing captive animals, so that they could survive better afterward. However, we shouldn't do things in extreme, problems do occur occasionally during these activities. When defects happen, although we cannot guarantee the long term survival of those animals, but at least, they are escaped from immediate killings and death, free from the pains of getting fried and cooked, which is a great joy for them. In addition, after hearing the life release prayers and drinking the blessed nectar water given to them, they will establish good connection with the Dharma, which brings them hopes and a brighter future, how fortunate would that be? Put ourselves in their position - if we were those captive animals, which way do we prefer?

-Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

May 4, 2019

When H.H Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche was alive, he was a very active advocator for abandon killings and life releases. He once said:" About 5 years ago, I had a dream, in which my root lama, Thubga Rinpoche, phrased my good actions for releasing captured animals. His words should be same as blessed words of Bodhisattvas'.  Afterward, I told all my students about this dream, teachers and Rinpoches in the monastery were extremely happy hearing this, they all participated in the activity of life releasing."  Every word of our attained masters is imbued with compassion and love. As their students who took refuge in the Three Jewels, we too should follow their footprints, strive to enter the true path of Bodhisattvas' - abandon killings and actively rescue living beings.

-Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

May 3, 2019

The purpose of meditating on the cause of sufferings is to arise renunciation in our mind. But if you don't know the purpose and correct ways of renunciation, then this meditation would just increase your mental afflictions. Many worldly authors wrote articles and poetries to express their feeling about  our short, miserable human life, but all their products were base on ignorance instead of finding the liberation path. As we know, Dharma practices should follow certain procedures, if the procedures are reversed or mixed, our practices will not be successful.  As Tsongkapa says in his "Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment", beginners of Dharma practice should first lay a good foundation by studying basic Buddhist principles - cause and effect, accumulation of merits, karmic consequences affecting past and future life times and so on, having these as good foundation, then meditating on the cause of sufferings can become an asset for our practice towards liberation.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

April 1, 2019

We are living in the time of data explosion, although we enjoy the convenient of shared data resources, but compared to the past, we lost ourselves more easily in the ocean of information.  We are exposed to large amount of inappropriate data that can easily bring forth anger, craving and ignorance. Many people would think:"What am I suppose to do in this time?" In "Madhyam-Agama Sutra" it says:"All worldly phenomena are bound to impermanent, short life, ever-changing and unreliable are their natures, thus we need to remove attachments towards them, arise renunciation and seek for liberation."  Impermanent is a common principle of all things in exist at anytime, anywhere. If we are able to recognize and reflect this in our meditation, then waves in our ignorance's ocean will eventually calm down - our only hope for liberation. Some people use impermanent as an excuse for sensational enjoyments' abusing, but practitioners on the Bodhisattva's path could use it as a huge advantage to free themselves from Samsara. The choices are in our hands, let's make good use of this precious human birth, and contemplate impermanent diligently.

-Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

April 1, 2019

Why release living animals?" Many people had this question. There are many followers of Animal Protectionism in the world,  who strived to protect the living rights of countless animals, it is indeed a virtuous action we should rejoice. Similarly, life release is also promoted in Buddhism but comprises wider objectives - all sentient beings, and more profound motivations. In "Surangama Sutra" it says: "Tathagata(Buddha's Wisdom) is the common nature of all sentient beings, however mental delusions kept them from seeing it; If one is free from delusion, all his boundless wisdom, nature wisdom and unobstructed wisdom will naturally arise."  This isn't just a theory written in books, it is a fact that's has been proven by step-by-step Dharma practices of countless Buddhists in the past. Upon reaching perfect realization, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas can clearly see the cause and effect of sentient beings, out of compassion they discoursed these principles to others, so they too can find a way to liberate from Samsara. Hence if you wish to understand more about life release, you can find answers and examples by reading  "The Sutra of 100 Karmic Stories", "Four Karmic Suggestions of Liao-Fan" and so on, so you could have a better understanding regarding  cause and effect and the Cyclic existence.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

March 31, 2019


What makes group practice so powerful? According to H.H Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche's teaching, the effect of group practice is far more superior than one practicing alone. First of all, the participants of massive Dharma gatherings can receive immeasurable merits, it was elaborated in scriptures such as "Stanzas of defining Dharma's Nature". Basically your mind is similar to a lamp, an individual's power is too weak to dispel the darkness at night, however when many lamps are put together, we can enhance each other's strength and light up the entire world.

   Secondly, there are big differences in merits if you practice with or without preserving precepts, regardless if you hold lay practitioner's precepts, Bodhisattva's precepts, or the Vajrayana's Samaya precepts. In many Mahayana scriptures they say: if you have Bodhicitta aroused, then even if you recite a mantra for a single time, it will still generate huge merits vast as the Universe. When we participate in massive group practices together with practitioners who preserve the three precepts above, because of their precept holding, our practices will cultivate unimaginable merits.

   Furthermore, many attain masters often participate in group practices as well, their blessings can easily bring forth our attainments.  In the "Daily Recitation Prayers" of Chinese Buddhism it says:"If one practice together with Dharma friends diligently, there won't be any difficulties to attain Buddhahood and realization." By practicing together, we can reach Buddhahood swiftly and easily.

   Therefore, we need to clearly understand the merits of group practices, and cherish these precious opportunities. Lay practitioners are busy with daily life, hence they should join more group practices, from where they can get positive changes to their mind, as well as benefiting self and others.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

March 27, 2019

If we wish to make good progress in meditation, then we need preliminary practices as a foundation. Why is preliminaries being so important? Before doing any worldly business, as we know, preparation is always inevitable. When not having enough preparation, you may either end up heading to wrong directions, or have low efficiencies on what you do.

   Then what does preliminaries practices do? As Omniscient Mipham Rinpoche says in one of his mind-training teaching:"Just like gold ingots can be forged into any shapes after heating them on fire, our mind too, can abide in concentration only after our craving is removed." Rinpoche is trying to tell us, before practicing meditation, our priority is to remove all mental delusions such as craving, only when our hearts become soft and tempered, attainments in meditation can be achieved.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

March 2, 2019

What is the importance of renunciation?  Without renunciation, it is impossible for us to generate the wisdom of emptiness. Without renunciation and the wisdom, we will commit evil deeds due to self attachments, and take rebirths in Samsara because of our karma. Every time we reborn, we make new relationships with sentient beings around us, some relationships are benevolent, some are bad, and some are neutral, we are attached to those we like with greed, and we treat those we hate with anger. Driven by these uncountable thoughts of ignorance,  we've committed countless actions with body, speech and mind that create karmic consequences.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

January 24, 2019

What exactly is Samsara? There are many metaphors about it:  Samsara is like a pot making machine spun by a potter, or like a waterwheel, or like a bee got trapped in a bottle... they all describe its nature - a never ending circle. Sentient beings reborn again and again in the six realms, driven by their maculate good or evil karma, this circle of life and death is called Samsara. From another perspective, living in Samsara is also like having dreams, good dreams in Samsara doesn't last long, while bad dreams often appear one after another. If we do not eliminate our self attachments and desire towards worldly happiness, this illusory circle will continue. The only way to change this situation is to arouse true renunciation. As Buddha Shakyamuni says: You should have renunciation to leave Samsara, follow my teachings with firm will; destroy the death lord with power of Dharma, like an elephant tearing down a grass hut; Abandon the circle of life and death, put an end to all its sufferings."

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

January 24, 2019

In the  "Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters" it says:"The nature of Dharma is like honey, being sweet regardless in which way we taste it." Also, in the "Sutra of Three Jewels' Merits" it explains Dharma's good quality in the beginning, the middle and the end. When we first arise devotion after hearing Dharma, it is good in the beginning. In the middle of practice we generate wisdom through studies on Buddhist scriptures, and arise firm faith, joyfulness and desire towards the path of liberation, that is good in the middle; In the end of practice, when transcendent wisdom truly arise in mind and we are liberated from Samsara forever, benefiting self and others tirelessly with Bodhicitta, that is good in the end. Dharma, being such a wonderful treasure, benefits everyone who makes connection to it through each and every way, hence we need to widely flourish it in the world to help more sentient beings. Expounding Dharma isn't a duty for attained masters only, we ordinary people should do the same, we can either spend time to share some basic Dharma teachings to others, or to share Dharma books among your friends, and post words of your Dharma teachers on social media platforms. All these things may be simple, but they are like passing the torch of Dharma to others. If every practitioner can accompany these good actions in their daily life, then the torch of Buddha Dharma will continue to lit in this decaying age, together we can dispel darkness from every corner of the world.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

January 24, 2019

We should try to avoid outward distractions during Dharma studies. Distractions  often arise from our impatient nature of ignorance - the root of Samsara since the beginingless time. If we are distracted by various distraction from the internet during Dharma studies, our mind cannot stay focus to clearly understand Dharma, neither can our visualizations be done properly. In the other hand we also need to avoid too much inward tension. HuiNeng, the 7th century Zen master says:" All matters are created by our Tathagata (true nature of mind)."  Relax your mind and do not worry about not being able to understand the Dharma. Let the Dharma theories spontaneously dissolve into your heart.  At the beginning we might have difficulties understanding some profound teachings due to karmic obscuration, however there's no need to put that into tension, because tension would just create more obstacle for your studies. We should put more efforts into the Vajrasattva practice, as well as praying to Bodhisattva Manjusri for his blessing to enhance our wisdom. Just like the metaphor taught by Buddha Shakyamuni: the strings of music instruments only plays the best sound when they are adjusted neither too tight nor too loose, it is the same for tension towards Dharma studies and practices, we get the best result from the middle way.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

January 21, 2019

Renunciation practice comprises many stages. First, arise renunciation for the fears of karmic fruits in the miserable realms, with this in mind we continue to contemplate the meaningless nature of Samsara, and abandon desires towards worldly happiness not only for this life, but also for all endless future cycles  in  Samsara. The second stage is to generate great compassion to benefit others, and remove our selfish motivation about gaining liberation for oneself. Thirdly, we thoroughly realize the true nature of all matters is neither existence nor non-existence,  it is an ultimate, spontaneous equity. Abide in this unattached path of Mahayana and free ourselves from all grasping, so we are clear from all incorrect views caused by dualistic thoughts. These are the Three Principle Paths' main and branch practices, they all require renunciation accordingly. Therefore, renunciation isn't just a simple practice, instead  we should respect and practice it with diligent.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

January 15, 2019

Without sufficient wisdom, skillful means and powers, Mahayana practitioners will have difficulties helping sentient beings in many situations. Mipham Rinpoche the omniscient master said:" Fruits of Buddha hood, Ten types of boundless powers and other countless merits, one should arouse Bodhicitta, for attaining these supreme powers."  The Buddha nature (Tathagata) itself has countless types of powers and merits, such as the ability to foresee sentient beings' fates, faculties, interests and karmic fruits, and the ability to guide sentient beings in different paths and realms. Or the ten abilities to freely decide our own life span, thoughts, wealth, karmic effects, birth places and so on. Or the abilities to emanate three types of Buddha's bodies, four types of wisdoms, five types of eye powers and six types of clairvoyants, all these powers can only be attained after practitioners have eliminated their last, tinniest attachments and grasping caused by mental delusion. Hence after learning all these ultimate fruits of Mahayana , in order to truly help sentient beings without any restrictions,  we should arouse supreme Bodhicitta and pursuit Buddhahood. It is the motivation of all Dharma practices.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

January 12, 2019

In "Diamond Sutra" Buddha Shakyamuni  said:"For practitioners who attained the state of emptiness, I certify them as real Bodhisattvas." It is every Mahayana practitioner's goal to realize the nature of emptiness. The foundation towards realization for most people, other than gaining expertise on emptiness theoretically, is to practice renunciation. Renunciation is the foundation for all vehicles of Dharma, your self-attachments can only be dissolved when you arise a conviction to let it go. No others could help you on this, as Buddha Shakyamuni said:"Although I have given you the teachings, it depends on yourself to reach liberation." Therefore there is no one else to ask for help on this matter. If you have been living as a Mahayana practitioner for many years and still make every decision around "me", "my merits", "my attainments", then you should examine your renunciation through reflecting the teachings in "Diamond Sutra". Renunciation doesn't came from nowhere, the four outer Preliminary Practices is the best method to arise renunciation. This is very important as many people consider renunciation isn't included in the Inner Preliminaries, which requires a foundation on the outer preliminaries - renunciation. As Master Tsongkapa said in "Three Principle Paths":"Without pure renunciation, Sentient beings will pursuit worldly happiness tirelessly. In order to unbound this never-ending attachment, you must first arise renunciation." Therefore, renunciation is the first essential step in our practice.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

January 5, 2019





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