Archive | September 2012

Saga Dawa Letter to Dharma Friends

A very nice letter containing alot of essential reminders for all practitioners.

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Saga Dawa Letter to Dharma Friends

Dear Dharma Friends,

It is my duty to tell you how to lead your life in a noble Dharma way. Through my whole life experience, I have learned the following things. These are very important to have, and will make your life more peaceful and pleasant:

First, you should recognize that this life you have is very precious, with favorable conditions. After that, you should remember the force of impermanence. Everything is like a dream, changing so fast like the weather. Maybe it will last long, whatever you have, therefore it would be wise to let go of things that cause you pain. Also, it is important to be patient with everyone, including with your family members. If you can deal with your anger, you can solve many problems. Another thing, do not lose your temper when you talk with others. Always be mindful of what you are going to say to others.

Recognize your own faults. Be humble. Do not be selfish. Be kind to others. This is the noble way.

Dharma people should behave better than common people. We have great responsibility of Bodhicitta. We are supposed to be the caretakers of all beings, that’s why we have to behave better.

Some scholars think we don’t have to pray, that having Buddha nature is enough. I don’t think there’s a way to achieve enlightenment without relying on the Three Jewels. Buddha is our guide. Dharma practice is the path. And Sangha members support your journey. That is why your teacher and Dharma brothers and sisters all become very important in your life. You should respect them and never argue with them. Your good actions are the real vows that you are holding.

Some scholars believe that Buddha died, passed into nirvana, and so practice or praying is not necessary. They think that they have realized the view and are the same as Buddha. But this is wrong view. I feel sorry for people who believe this way.

Just because you cannot see Buddha does not mean you can say there is no Buddha. Buddha is always present. Buddha is always here. Even though we have Buddha nature, we still have so many obscurations and defilements. This is why we take refuge, because we have to rely on Buddha for help. We are not yet realized. If we become a fully realized being, then we no longer have to rely on Buddha. But as long we are not yet realized, we must have faith and take refuge and rely on Buddha. Always.

Dharma is based on truth. So we have to be true to ourselves, all the time. You cannot be two-faced, like front and back. The Prayer of the Three Kayas is Guru Rinpoche’s own words, the most profound instruction on how to deal with what we see, what we hear, what thoughts arise in our mind. So analyze the meaning of this teaching, and try to meditate.

If you pray strongly to Guru Rinpoche, you will receive his blessing and will realize the meaning of your Buddha nature.

I will always pray that all of you achieve your goal at some point.

Much love to all,

Baca

(Ven. Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche
Saga Dawa Full Moon
June 15, 2011
Garden Grove, California)

Merits of Offering Robes to Sangha

From Sutra,

Robe offering, extremely glorious.

Always born in high cast and have good physical shape.

A person will have sense of good conscience.

Person will be renowned due to having accumulated the good karma.

~ by Buddha.

In this life the person will be free from obstacle, healthy and have perfect body form. Success will be attained in business, good fortune and possessions will be obtained.

The act of offering robes to the Sangha, it’s a symbol of offering protection from the heat and cold. Due to this merit accumulated, in the next life the person will be

1) Liberated from the suffering of the hell (hot and cold realms).

2) By doing this action of robe dana, one will be free from the suffering of hungry ghost realm (thirst and hunger).

3) Take rebirth in the human form with complete perfect physical shape, attractive, conceivably pleasant and beautiful. Having high status like the lineage of a King. One will have a good sense of conscience and integrity, well esteemed by others, peace and happiness.

Having accumulated good karma by this deed, for e.g. – In the past the Brahmin offered a white robe to the Buddha Bhagavan. The Buddha then prophesized him to be born in the future as Ngonshy Zangpo, who attained Buddhahood from the merits of offering the robe to Buddha. Likewise these are the great benefits of offering robes to the Sangha.

Karma of Castrating Animals

Some teachings on karma… you may not like it, but to me, it’s true.

Karma that causes families to break-up  ~  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

In this life, those whose families were broken up, it is definite that you have broke up other people’s families before. In this regard, ‘family’ does not only mean human families and it does not only refer to being a third party. But when you eat meat, you also eat the children or parents of other animals and cause the separation between them and their partners. It also includes castration of animals. This kind of negative karma is very heavy

Karmic repercussions of castrating animals  ~  Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche

Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche once helped a doctor suffering from liver cancer. This man’s stomach was very distended and though a doctor himself, he was helpless about his own sickness, therefore came to seek Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche’s help. Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche examined the karmic causes of his sickness and found that this man had castrated many animals in the past. But this doctor was not a vet, so how would he have castrated so many animals? It turned out that when this doctor was in Hainan Island as a military doctor, while he was free and feeling bored, decided to castrate the local chickens, dogs etc. and other animals. He felt that he was doing a good deed to the loitering cats and dogs and felt that it would be good not to let them continue to multiply. Even bringing one’s own pet to be castrated, it is not good and there will be negative karmic results. Just think, if you were to be healthy and fine, would you be willing to have someone castrating you casually? If you are not willing to be castrated, then don’t do such things.