The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism: The Three Principal Aspects by Thubten Yeshe

By Thubten Yeshe

The Lama Yeshe knowledge Archive (LYWA) is the gathered works of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. The Archive was once based in 1996 by means of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, its religious director, to make to be had in quite a few methods the lessons it includes. "Meditation isn't really at the point of the thing yet on that of the topic - you're the enterprise of your meditation."Bodhicitta is especially sensible, I inform you. it really is like medication. The self-cherishing suggestion is sort of a nail or a sword on your center; it usually feels uncomfortable. With bodhicitta, from the instant you start to open, you're feeling exceedingly peaceable and also you get super excitement and inexhaustible strength. ignore enlightenment - once you start to open your self to others, you achieve large excitement and pride. operating for others is particularly attention-grabbing; it truly is an enormous job. Your existence turns into regularly wealthy and interesting."Historically, Shakyamuni Buddha taught the 4 noble truths. To whose tradition do the 4 noble truths belong? The essence of faith has not anything to do with anyone specific country's tradition. Compassion, love, fact - to whose tradition do they belong? the folks of any nation, any kingdom, can enforce the 3 imperative facets of the trail, the 4 noble truths or the eightfold direction. there is not any contradiction at all."

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Now, when you reach the point where maybe there are neither good thoughts nor bad thoughts, just medium, it means you’re successful. At that time, according to your level, just let go; let go. Have no expectations of what’s happening, what’s going to happen, what’s really happening—no expectations. Just let go. When distractions come—perhaps your ego imagines, “Oh, I’m getting pleasure”—don’t reject them; contemplate such notions. In that way, you can reach the point where the first notion disappears, which shows that the appearances your ego imagines are false.

When somebody is seeking liberation, there are two things. Hinayana and Mahayana are Sanskrit terms, but if we translate their meaning into English, they mean the small attitude and the great attitude. The small attitude is, well, we already have a small attitude! ” The “I want” attitude leads to small action, small vehicle, small boat. Mahayana means the great attitude; that’s what we are trying to do. When I mention these two vehicles of Hinayana and Mahayana, perhaps you think I’m putting the Hinayana doctrine down.

I’m saying that if you want to be happy, eradicate your attachment; cut your concrete concepts. The way to cut them is not troublesome—just change your attitude; switch your attitude, that’s all. It’s not really a big deal! It’s really skillful, reasonable. The way Buddhism explains this is reasonable. It’s not something in which you have to super-believe. I’m not saying you have to try to be a superwoman or superman. It’s reasonable and logical. Simply changing your attitude eliminates your concrete concepts.

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