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The Teaching of Rinpoche 2021

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When contemplating the defects of samsara, we should not limit ourselves to understanding the scriptures, which we may have fully memorized many. Other than that, we still need to review our mind regularly - do we truly have the conviction and personal experience about the defects of samsara? Our stubborn worldly attachments are like oils soaked into wheat flours, two of which became nearly inseparable, if we do not personally contemplate on the sufferings in samsara and generate true renunciation, then those attachments can never be loosen.

   Announcing renunciation is easy, but when it comes to circumstances that can easily bring up our hidden old habits, greeds and lusts would arise in our mind, making us even worst than ordinary people, what would happen next are bad consequences that may breach our precepts and samaya vows. This is the result of seemingly learned a lot about the Dharma - an opposition to truly understanding what the Dharma says. For this reason, our past masters introduced the Preliminary Practices, they wanted us to develop true recognitions on Samsara, they wanted us to learn the truths from our own life, in this way we will become more diligent in practices and Dharma studying.

-Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

January,1,2021

It is living being’s basic instinct to avoid pains, pursue happiness, judge good and bad, kindness and evilness in a certain extent, but the scope of our perception kept us from exploring deeper in the time and space, we only know very little about the universe. Knowing our limits, the Dharma can be a good tool to learn the world. It can give us the wisdom to make correct choices in pursuit for true happiness. We all know the importance of decisions-making, obviously it is the key to success in our worldly careers, it is the similar advantage that we can receive from the Dharma, a far-seeing wisdom that shrines the roads ahead in our life.

 The Dharma is a fusion of essence from all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ teachings, our first thing to learn from it should be the karmic laws of cause and effect. As it says in the scripture: “even thousands of eons have passed, one’s karmic effects would still ripen and appear, when the conditions met.” Through reading stories of karma in scriptures, together with our life experiences, we can learn secrets of the karmic laws and use it to change patterns of our life.  We can also learn from attained masters and get some insights from their teachings. In a nutshell, we should not idle our life away aimlessly, because it is short. Let’s learn from the Dharma, and use what we’ve learned as a beacon to guide the path.

- Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

January,1,2021



What should we keep in mind during the practice ofcompassion? If our compassionis arisen from seeing sentientbeings around suffer fromhunger, cold and homelessness,

and we wish to lift them from those sufferings, this kindness iscertainly good, however, it is

still incomparable with the greatcompassion of Bodhisattvas.The root cause of sentient

beings' sufferings is theirignorance of the karmic law, this isthe most important thing we need to know during this practice. We all desire happiness, yet we kept planting seeds of suffering through evil deeds without knowing what is right and wrong, as a result, we endured the bitter karmic fruitsof our own wrongdoings forcountless eons in samsara. Thekarmic cycle is similar to framesin a movie that are linkedtogether, once conditionsmature, the entire movie willstart to play. By contemplatingthese, we will have the sympathyto lift sentient beings'sufferings, we teach them theDharma, the karmic laws, andthe way of taking refuge,repentance of past evilness,accumulation of merits, they caneventually attain perfectenlightenment through thosepractices. This good intentionarisen from our wisdom isfundamentally the same asbodhicitta, because they bothhave the same goal -leading allsentient beings towardsBuddhahood.

 -Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

March 25,2021


Every living beings long for happiness, however, if their actions contradict with the law of nature, their pursuits would be effortless. The nature law we mentioned here is the law of karma, as Master Tsongkapa instructed: “Both sufferings and happiness are the results of one’s karma.” Our Chinese ancestors also said:“carry good actions, however small it might be; refrain from evilness, however small it might be.” Happiness cannot be created through our wishes, just like you can never extract oils from sands, in the same way, evilness and negative karma cannot bring forth happiness. Sometimes we see people who committed crimes are still seemingly living a good life, we may wonder - is that contradicting the karmic law? Actually is isn’t, their present happiness is just a result of their past good actions, as for the evil deeds they are doing now, every piece of it, if they do not repent, would deliver painful results to their future. The law of karma is easy to learn yet hard to comply, we need to constantly correct our mistakes, and repent our past wrongdoings.

-Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

June 26,2021

Beginners of meditation need to find a peaceful place for their practice. It does not have to be a remote area, “a quiet room is enough”, says His Holiness Jigme Phunsok Rinpoche in his teaching. Why is a quiet environment essential for meditation? Because it works better for calming down our mind - an essential step to make progress in meditation. As it says in“The Bodhisattva's Way of Life”:“Distracted meditation reaps no results.” In the inner part, we need to stay away from drowsiness, in the outward part, we should avoid getting distracted by cellphones, social medias, and unnecessarily conversations. Once we achieved the above, a clear awareness would arise in our meditation, making our practice more effective

 -Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

September 12,2021


In “Abhidharma” it says:“If one desires to reach Samathi (the tranquility state in meditation), he would practice diligently towards it.” It elaborates one’s motivation in practice is based on his goal - the state of tranquility. This goal, or motivation, came from our understanding of the Dharma, and our faith. We would never want to practice when not having this faith, it is the fountain of all efforts and merits, generated from the depth of of our mind. In Tantrayana, practitioners with the strongest faith would receive the highest blessing. For this reason, we need to develop our faith,  and make it stronger day after day.

 -Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

September 16,2021

When contemplating sufferings in Samsara, what we must do is to put ourselves into the place of other sentient beings. If we merely visualize their sufferings as a bystander, we may cultivate very little compassion from the practice. It is best to visualize ourselves as those beings in the miserable realms, and are suffering from various pains. For example, visualize yourself being a hungry ghost, having a needle-shaped mouth and a throat as narrow as a hair, living in infinite hunger where food is something you would never get - how would that feel?  Also, visualize yourself as a helpless small animal, constantly living in life-threatening dangers - how would you feel?

 In this way, we can visualize all sufferings in Samsara following the Buddha's teachings, one after another. Gradually, our renunciation will grow, and simultaneously our great compassion will arise, this is the purpose of the visualization practice on Samsara's sufferings.

   -Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche

September 16,2021


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