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.


Travel Log - In Nepal and India with lama Puntso

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December 19, 2017

Wishes (Monlam)

This afternoon, it’s only us monks at the Mahabodhi Temple because Gyalwa Karmapa is giving Chenrezig empowerment at the Karma Temple (Beru Khyentse Rinpoche’s monastery), and it’s reserved for laypeople. Considering how many people that kind of transmission draws, I don’t know where they’d put the monks, and, anyway, somebody has to carry on with the practice. After all, it’s our job.

Lama Jampa manages to recite, stay in the shade, and sleep, all at the same time.

Continuing on the Subject of Wishes

If, as I said in the previous post, blessing is what allows us to access the meaning, it is not always enough. Grease cleaner is not enough to clean grease; you also have to scrub. The same is true of wishes. Expressing them gives us vision, but, following this, we have to give ourselves the means to bring this vision to life. And guess what! It is through study, meditation, and service for others (action) that the wishes we express come true. Without the energy of practice, wishes remain stationary, and without wishes, we risk orientating our practice in the wrong direction. When you watch Tibetans reciting, you notice that they know nearly all of the wishing prayers by heart—it’s like a reminder easily available in the great database of the mind. They only have to think of something for it to rise to the surface of their consciousness. Which is fairly practical.

The youngest monks combine recitation with intensive production of blessing cords.

Samsara and Nirvana

We know that the Three Jewels are the most important thing in the world to us because they are the expression of the absence of veils and the manifesting of enlightened qualities. I remember how often Gendun Rinpoche explained to us that the Three Jewels should be our first reference point before reflecting, meditating, or acting. Today, I asked myself a question, “In the moment, which is more important: awareness of the qualities of the Three Jewels or of the complexity of their appearance? They aren’t mutually exclusive, but in day-to-day life, what takes priority? If I connect this reflection with that of impermanence: what will prevail at the moment of death—the complexity of the Three Jewels appearance or the blessing of their qualities? I like India and the monlam because it is filled with unexpected questions…

There are the monks from the monasteries (on the left), and then there are the others (on the right)…

The dog after the auspicious wishing prayers!

“That which is born of causes is not born. Its nature is not that of birth. That which depends on conditions is said to be empty. He who knows emptiness is wary.”


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