17th Gyalwa Karmapa"Buddhism is a way of life through which we develop the qualities of our mind.
This way of life is very unusual, as it is a means to attain happiness without harming others.

THE 17th GYALWA KARMAPA

Long live the Dharma!

The teaching of Jigme Rinpoche has come to a close. He taught the placement of attention on the four objects, as he knows how, by going straight to the substance, through concrete instructions and clarifying metaphors taken from daily life. The depth of what he gave us can only be measured by putting it into practice. Thinley Rinpoche also participated, giving the philosophical aspect of this same teaching through the approach that he knows best: the middle way.

We concluded these four days with a meditation, having informed Rinpoche that we had something important to tell him at the end of this teaching.

As the designated spokesperson of the sangha, the words that I spoke were the collective reflection of the whole sangha. So, at the end of the meditation I rose, happy with what I had to say despite nervousness:

"Rinpoche and dear sangha,

Between Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa and Jigme Rinpoche there is at least one point in common: both explain that the Dharma is not a collection of rules and regulations to apply, but rather a dynamic to discover. Karmapa speaks about inner wealth in terms of a way to go beyond anxiety and confusion. Lama Jigme Rinpoche speaks of potential, our capacity to use our emotions to free ourselves from ignorance. In both cases, it is the process which they speak of, a path of exploration and discovery.

It was also about a year ago Rinpoche, that you cancelled several trips to Asia and it was quite evident that you were sick; the Karmapa wrote a long-life prayer to your intention, asking us to make it our daily practice. We had a choice: add it as one more recitation to our daily meditations or create a dynamic.

A long-life prayer is a reminder of impermanence. As a matter of fact, all is impermanent: the world, ourselves, the others, nothing escapes impermanence. One only has to remember how Kunzik Shamar Rinpoche, one of the greatest bodhisattvas of our time and lama Purtse, an example for many of us here, left their bodies these last two years. Karmapa regularly reminds us that in the world, there is nothing stable or reliable. In fact, we cannot find any security in the world; the samsara is merely the expression of the poverty of the mind.

So there too, we have two options: endure this situation by carrying it as a heavy burden or use the Dharma as reference to experience the world in another way. That is the choice that we made.

Speaking of the Dharma, you teach us on the basis of what you received from your masters, from your knowledge, and your experience as well as your own observations of the world and most of all, beings. What we have understood from what you teach us is that putting the Buddha’s teaching into practice takes the form of what I would call a liberating tripod. If one of the legs is missing, it won’t stand.

First of all, there is study and reflection which allows us to become familiar with the teaching, providing a basis for introspection and to acquire an initial comprehension. Then there is meditation which you urge us to practice by explaining all the dimensions; it allows us to unveil our own clarity. Finally there is activity, which is to say to live compassion daily in concrete situations, allowing us to evaluate our practice through helping others.

These three complementary aspects of the practice are all exercised at Dhagpo in different curriculums, whether they are destined for lamas and druplas, the Buddhists near the center, members of KTT and practicing interns, they all have the same objective: to render the Dharma alive in each one of us.

So there is a real interdependence between the instructions that you give us and their implementation that we try to exercise. And the process is not finished, because we know that the dynamic has a goal of rendering us autonomous.

When Karmapa sent us the long-life prayer, we decided to do an accumulation associating Dhagpo and Kundreul Ling, the network of KTT and Dharma centers, as well as other practitioners who wished to join us. This year, we have accumulated more than 230 000. We would like to let you know.

Moreover, we learned the importance of tendrels, which is to say to establish favourable connexions. A small group of practitioners have created a tangka of White Tara with a fabric appliqué method. In the name of the whole sangha, we are happy to offer it to you as a tendrel along with your long life.

Earlier, you said that it has been years that you have been in France. We hope that you will remain for many years to come.”

I sat back down. It was said. It was heard.

Now, all that we have to do is to continue becoming autonomous. Good practice to all.

Puntso, Program director at Dhagpo

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