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About Neo Zen

Interested in the Mind ever since I was young. I remember my second grade teacher discussing the “big-bang theory” and that started it all for me. As a young kid, I was totally blown away by this concept. I refused to sleep at night until I figured out where that leaves me – before the universe was created. It was a great challenge and I was excited at finding a solution; even frightened at the enormous implications. If there was only a pinpoint of matter and nothing outside - how could I breathe? For months I contemplated that problem until I had my first out-of-body experience where I could intuit the solution. A few years later, I discovered Paul Brunton's works at the age of eleven and read everything I could on spirituality. He inspired me to deepen my meditation, uphold good ethics, and search for a physical Master. Over the next decade, I practiced almost every meditation that was out there until I came to a dead end. Shortly after college, I stumbled on the path only to become more determined to achieve wholeness with the assistance of several important alternative-healers. Finally, after going through this extensive holistic therapy I found my Tibetan Buddhist Master in 1997. Under his guidance, I completed five years worth of shedra studies and eleven years of month-long retreats beginning with the Ngondro accumulations, Tsa Lung meditation, and then the advanced classes until his parinirvana in 2009. I continue to do solitary or monthly retreats and received permission to write. Now, I wish to give back what I discovered while helping others avoiding the common pitfalls and dangers that beset every seeker on the Quest.

Fasting as lifestyle


This topic is so important as an antidote to the obese culture that has manifested in modern times.  I wanted to write a follow up to my last article and offer a few succinct points to help you understand how to get results.  I’m seven days into my dry fast regimen and I already lost 8 pounds of fat I don’t want.  I feel fantastic and the process is totally effortless. 

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To be clear, I am NOT interested in doing an extended dry-fast.  It can be dangerous until a person reads and experiences this process and understands everything perfectly.  For me, it is “slow and steady wins the race”.  Therefore, it is a lifestyle with a daily regimen with a feeding and fasting window. 

For the past several days, I have been eating breakfast and lunch and stopping everything around 2:30pm.  No food and water is given for the rest of the day and re-feeding resumes at 8AM the next morning.  It is fascinating to note all the positives that goes along with this such as a greater range of motion, reduced pain, and having a complete rest while sleeping. 

The effortless willpower is quite magical as you can watch television and see all the commercials for delicious food while remaining unaffected.  I attribute the weakness to bad eating habits and not allowing the stomach to fully rest.  The key is NOT drinking water and leaving the stomach completely empty for a short amount of time.  With that, everything changes.  I even lost 2 pounds (in one day) when weighing in on my scale at midnight.  I must have entered ketosis by allowing my body to burn fat as soon as the ten hour mark.

Natural state:

We all want to get into the natural state and enjoy life with a calm, centered mind.  Therefore, this is not something that is drudge-work.  This is more a lifestyle choice rather than a onetime fasting program that we look at in apprehension.  Something hidden and wonderful is uncovered with this knowledge for those willing to take a look.

“Since there is only this pure observing, there will be found a lucid clarity without anyone being there who is the observer; only a naked manifest awareness is present.  [This intrinsic awareness] is empty and immaculately pure, not being created by anything whatsoever.” — Karma Lingpa

It is a great feeling when you begin to feel good and know that you are in control over your food intake and appearance.  At the very least, you learn to build up proper habits around eating and fasting as a daily routine.  The way this is different than other fasts is that we are taught to refrain from both food and drink in short intervals of 8, 12, or 16 hours.  Cole Robinson states it well:

“Being fed all of the time is an unnatural state of being. Humans were built to endure fasting periods.” — Cole Robinson

The experience of bloating and indigestion is unnatural and unhealthy but the first symptoms we perceive that something is wrong.  Therefore, working to correct this problem physically runs parallel to the spiritual  practitioner who intends to abide in the natural state with the mind.  If you have committed yourself to a spiritual path then it is of great use to seek self-mastery and achieve the perfect way to abide in your natural state mentally as well as physically. 

What pulls us out?

With experience, it becomes clearly apparent that wrong feeding habits are the major detrimental condition that requires a fasting window to regain balance. 

Science:

Understanding the right principles of the ketosis is something I consider as the greatest gift that Western science has put forth that will help a great many people who can discern the right approach to better health.  Cole explains these principles of health in a way we probably have never thought before.  From the Snake Diet website:

“When you eat more food than you can readily expend the excess energy is stored away for later use.  When we eat, our insulin levels increase and help to store energy in two ways.  Sugars form long chains and are stored as glycogen in the liver.  This energy source is for immediate use.  There is limited storage space in the liver so; once capacity is reached the liver then begins to turn excess energy into fat to be stored on the body.  There is no limit to how much fat can be stored on the body.  The catch is that you cannot access the energy stored as fat until you have first depleted the liver of sugars.” — Cole Robinson

Therefore, he indicates that when you are in the fasting window, the body first uses glycogen as glucose for energy.  And after that, the body begins breaking down fat. Weight loss, feeling positive and healing begin to happen as a result.

Benefits:

This is part of using biofeedback to observe how we are doing inside by looking at what effects are happening to our body.  We do this by looking at the quality of our skin, teeth, hair, and nails.  We also can observe how we are sleeping. 

During sleep are we waking up COMPLETELY rested?

If we follow this program correctly, then inflammation is quickly brought down to very low levels which, in turn, offer us a complete rest and reduction in eczema.  This has been attested by two of my close friends that I have discussed this with who were open-minded enough to try it out.  One of them reported that he felt 20 years younger!  Most importantly, the results were seen in over night and they became believers.

Cole tells us, that “Fasting stops inflammation, dry fasting proves that QUICKLY!”  Therefore, do NOT spike your insulin.

“Insulin spikes, promote inflammation.” — Cole Robinson

Whenever you eat, you will spike your insulin.  When you spike your insulin, inflammation occurs immediately which results in bodily pain.  As we become more mindful of the causes and conditions of this, we make better food choices.

Rules:

Cole has three good re-feeding rules:

  1. Rule 1: Eat a tiny, low carb meal, with 80% percent plant foods.
  2. Rule 2: No fruit till you are ripped.  Once you are ripped, then you can start eating fruit again.
  3. Rule 3: Definitely consider re-feeding if you feel light-headed or having headaches.

With that said, we are taught to eat a meal with low carbs with a few sips of water during  your meal.  This is an important point to remember so it doesn’t cause bloating and indigestion.  If you are lean and clean then wait 30 minutes to have a full glass of your favorite drink.  If not, then it is probably better to wait 1 or 2 hours due to the unhealed stomach ulcers.

Once you are educated, basically anyone can do this.  As long as you know there is a feeding window and a fasting window.  For example, at the beginner stage, a person can more easily feed in a 12 hour time period and fast without food/water for the remaining 12.

At the intermediate stage you can increase the fasting window while decreasing the feeding window.  You may increase the fasting window to 14, 16, or 18 hours.

For the advanced stage, you would go 24 hours or 48 hours.  If you have a lot of fat in you, then it will be easier than a skinny person.  Therefore, you need the utmost discretion and understanding to pursue this level of healing and weight loss.  I would probably do a ton of research on how to do it and break the fast properly.  Also, performing a month of 12s or 14s will get your body accustomed for a longer, deeper cleanse.
 

Results:

Without physical pain, you’re definitely going to be in a pleasant mood.  And if you are in a good mood, you are more likely to build people up rather than tear them down.  Having more control over your life will put you in good spirits.  After that, you will be more inclined to become active rather than shivering and hiding in bed under the covers.  As your life changes for the better, it is fun to share that JOY with others in work, sport or anything else.

I noticed three amazing things.  If you know anything about tongue analysis and how that relates to the inside of your body, it can help understand what is happening with the digestion, organs and glands.  For the first time in decades, I witnessed a drastic reduction in, what they call a “scalloped tongue”.   From what I read, this indicates that you’re either not getting the right nutrients or there is a Qi deficiency (which is a state of fatigue and illness) or a thyroid problem.   Secondly, it is nice to see a transformation from being more socially aware and comfortable as you move from a constant introverted state to an extroverted one.  And lastly, I experienced a greater range of motion (moving my head left to right).  Therefore, it is now so extremely comfortable to drive and walk around as there is hardly any pain there.  It is such a big, noticeable difference than before.

“Once you get lean, you can have fun with food.” — Cole Robinson

This is about living fully and not one of being gloomy and depressed.  So, enjoy yourself as you become ’cause over life’ and begin to see the quality of life improving.  Here is another good video to watch and learn from:  Fasting Cures Inflammation

Light & Love,
Neo

Disclaimer: The above article is intended as an exploration of a healing technique called dry fasting, and is not intended to be taken as medical advice.  If you are interested in this practice, you must educate yourself thoroughly, and seek advice from a qualified holistic or medical professional.  I do not accept liability for damage or injury that may allegedly arise from any information or suggestions herein.  As with anything, taking yourself to extremes can be very dangerous unless you are well trained and know what you’re doing.

 
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Lifestyle Choice


After completing my 21 day OJ fast years ago, the thought of doing another fast of that caliber was abhorrent to me.  It served its purpose and yet I always looked for ways to increase health and longevity through breathwork and chi-kung.

Knowing well that the value of meditation or contemplation is priority over our relative condition, the importance of gaining mastery over the body helps in many ways.  If we can overcome the obstacles and limitations the body imposes on us, we can use the body more efficiently for the greater purpose of compassionate activity for the sake of all sentient beings.

After focusing seriously on the Long Breath Diet method since last year, I lost 21 pounds total and was satisfied with my results.  I’ve always preferred doing things effortlessly in order to leave time for what is most important spiritually: contemplating the nature of mind.  Yet, as I was getting older, it seemed that time was running out as the detrimental signs of aging appeared.

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Naturally, the nagging question remained with me.

How do I regenerate the hair, skin, teeth, and nails?

Finally, after about a year of prayer and searching and reading and trying all sorts of things, an “angel” posted her experience (on my blog site) about dry fasting.  I never heard of the term before.  Or if I did, it never registered.  Listening to her results of regenerating her thyroid (which was totally removed decades earlier) and repairing her nervous system without the use of herbs peaked my interest.

So for the next day and a half, I went online to read, research, and also watch a few key YouTube videos by people that were advanced coaches on the topic.  Here is the first principle I learned of Dry Fasting:

It is believed that 1 day of dry fasting is the equivalent of 3 days of water fasting.

That sounds pretty exciting to hear as we can get more accomplished in less time.  So as my research unfolded and I compared my knowledge with that and intermittent fasting; there was a unique parallel between the two with one important difference.

Through intermittent fasting there are many benefits such as reduced blood sugar, decreased inflammation, lower insulin, improved fat loss, mental clarity and anti-tumor properties.  That is true.  However, the one missing link of avoiding all liquids (for a short time) made all the difference in the world.

With intermittent fasting, we are taught to skip dinner (in order to give our digestive system a break) for one meal but there were never any restrictions on water.  I noticed that drinking liquids would cause problems such as feeling bloated, the urge to binge eat, or create a meal; but I never put two and two together.  I quickly discovered this happens to a stomach that is full of ulcers that stimulates excess acids which makes us need to satiate that discomfort with food.  This is what MH, the Master Herbalist teaches us.

My feeling is this problem is related to leaky gut syndrome.  Normally we think that a leaky gut is a case where toxins leak out only from the intestines.  If further scientific research is done, I believe that they would conclude leaky gut begins in the stomach.  Since we perceive the uncomfortable symptoms of bloating in ourselves, we can infer that the excess water (taken during mealtime) is trapped and overwhelmed by the faulty condition of the stomach.  The body quickly moves this excess food and water out of the stomach, into the lymph nodes, and out the skin to protect itself.  Since the stomach can’t handle the unhealthy combination of bad foods and excess water we feel bloated.  When we notice that our skin is oily and itchy around the stomach or back we can understand the truth of this matter for ourselves.

With that said, as soon as I began dry fasting the bloating reduced, my stomach began flattening out, and I made one surprising discovery:  I felt no physical pain!

“Remove all physical foods by fasting and the body starts hydrating, feeding, balancing and healing itself.  Subtraction is the solution, not addition.” – Luigi Gino Di Serio (Master Fast System)

This new experience without pain was one of complete and total relaxation and bodily rest that I had been wanting to prolong all my life.  Last Friday was my first 13 hour Dry Fast that opened up my eyes.  There were two things I noticed. First, I felt my central nervous system opened up and then properly realign itself.  Second, two days later I took my last meal at 2pm and during a short nap I felt remarkably relaxed and well rested two hours later.  I woke up refreshed and felt like I went into a type of samadhi that I called the “no-pain state”.  Throughout all my life, I normally felt back pains and while it has always been manageable, it was something annoying like a continuous background noise.  This nagging reminder caused me to sleep more – hopeful to experience a COMPLETE rest and one day discover the root cause.  I never had a suitable answer and a solution until I dry fasted.

Theory:

From the Spirit Science Central website:

A great deal of the research done on fasting comes from a Russian doctor named Dr. Filonov, who has supervised thousands of dry fasts which often last up to 14 days.

Dr. Filonov had this to say about Dry Fasting:

“Dehydration causes competition between healthy cells and pathological organisms for water.  It is a real survival-of-the-fittest scenario. Inflammation cannot survive without water.  A wet environment is ideal for the proliferation of pathological bacteria, viruses and worms – water shortage is as devastating as fire for them.  All dead or dying tissues will be expelled from the body.  A water fast does the same thing but takes much longer to accomplish the goal.”Dr. Filonov

So that goes with my own findings of getting into that no-pain state just two hours after stopping all liquids and food quickly reduces inflammation.

Method:

Jordan River goes on to say, “His studies alone have also popped the thought-bubble that a human cannot live more than 3 days without consuming water, as the longest dry fast on record is 18 days; not including the claims in the bible such as Moses’s 40 day dry fast. The reason for this is that the body actually is capable of producing its own water internally in the process of transmuting fats.”

Two terms that are important to understand are Autophagy and Autolysis.  This is what happens during a dry fast.

Autophagy heals cells and kills cancer.  Autolysis is more commonly known as self-digestion, refers to the destruction of a cell through the action of its own enzymes.  Autophagy begins when liver glycogen is depleted, around 12-16 hours into a fast.  The rate of autophagy peaks there, and then drops after about 2 days.

What is glycogen?

Glycogen: a white, tasteless polysaccharide, molecularly similar to starch, constituting the principal carbohydrate storage material in animals and occurring chiefly in the liver, in muscle, and in fungi and yeasts.

From the mission.org website

“One of the great benefits of intermittent fasting that I’ve written about often is that it promotes autophagy, the cellular self-cleansing process that breaks down and recycles damaged molecules and cellular organelles.”  —  P. D. Mangan

He goes on to state, “By fasting intermittently, autophagy rates can be reset to that of a younger person.”

“Eating causes insulin to rise, the amount of the rise being dependent on a number of factors, such as type and amount of food eaten and the insulin sensitivity of the person doing the eating.” — P. D. Mangan

From the SiimLand website:

He states that, “The reason dry fasting is more effective than regular fasting is that inflammation and bacteria need water to exist.  Disease and pathogens that live inside your body will die if they don’t get access to enough hydration.  That’s why dry fasting allows the rejuvenating process to take place faster and be more effective.”

Principle:

How long does it take to get into ketosis?

From the Stay Healthy Ways website:

Amelia Johnson states that, if you don’t eat for a while, the body turns to glycogen for fuel FIRST.  When the glycogen is used up, then the body looks for ketones NEXT.  And this is when ketosis starts.

“It usually takes about 12 hours for ketosis to set in.  You are likely to measure ketones in your urine within 2 to 3 days if you start with a fast or you have a few days of eating only protein.  However, you might not be in full ‘adapted mode’ yet.  You’ve got to stay in ketosis for long enough for your body to adapt completely.  It will normally take from 4 to 6 weeks to get into full ketosis, or to be ‘keto-adapted’.” — Amelia Johnson

You serve yourself and others best by using both Objective and Subjective science to evaluate this Dry Fast diet.

  1. Objective Science: check ketones in urine with PH stick
  2. Subjective Science: check that pain levels have left your body.

For me, it took one 13 hour dry fast to re-calibrate my nervous-system.  Two days later after my last meal at 2pm – I felt that no-pain-state at 4pm.  I wonder if it took me only two hours to get into ketosis (because of all the work I’ve done over the years) or that simply the inflammation in my body just went away once my nervous system had a chance to relax.

This is basically how it works on a mystical level:

Pluto says:

“1 day dry fast is said to be equivalent to 3-4 days water fast. I remember when i was water fasting one day i had no access to water for several hours and what i noticed was a deeper spiritual presence and cleansing taking place. As my family argued in the car the whole way back home i easily had somewhat disconnected from that reality and automatically created some sort of mute-field around me. I simply had no energy to pay attention to them and their nonsense i was just staying at peace with my body. There was no way to make them trigger me at this point.”

He continues, “Soon as i got access to some water i noticed i felt slightly more alive but yet less spiritual and pure than before. I now had the energy to pay attention and to interact with others although due to the water fast i was still pretty much (triggerless) yet it was quite a difference in comparison when i was lacking both food/water compared to just water.”

Spiking Insulin:

The unconventional coach, Cole Robinson, has recently come into the public spotlight in the alternative health community.  He is the originator of the Snake Diet that follows the Dry Fasting protocols and has quite a large following of snake dieters (208K members on FB alone) that offer testimonial showing amazing results of losing 20, 50, 150 pounds or more.  Some don’t like his brash language but I prefer the honesty and directness rather than politically correctness.  So if you can handle the swearing and his unique motivational tactics you won’t be disappointed with all the knowledge that he has to share:

YouTube video: Dry Fasting Cures Everything

If you can watch this entire 1 hour and 55 minute video then you will gain a ton of information about health and learn most of the principles of Dry Fasting in a relatively short amount of time.

In the video he states:

“When your insulin is high, you CAN’T burn body fat, and most importantly you CAN’T heal.  When you are fasting you are healing.  When you are in a fed state, you are not healing.  This is how a lion works and every other animal under the sun.” —  Cole Robinson

He goes on to say, “You have to understand, that’s what fasting does.  Normalizes your hormones.  Almost every issue you have, is caused by f*cked up hormones because you are always spiking your insulin.  The key to the best health humanly f*cking possible is this.  You want to keep your insulin levels as LOW as humanly possible for as LONG as f*cking possible.  Fasting does this.  OK.”

Watch Video: How to cure Diabetes

This is the most important point: DON’T SPIKE YOUR INSULIN which shows he understands the principles of health from within; going beyond the theory stage and into application and is the reason he is getting results.

This is why a main stream ketogenic diet, where you are still eating throughout the day; is junk.  Because you are STILL spiking your f*cking insulin. You can’t heal cancer with that routine.” — Cole Robinson

I have to agree wholeheartedly with Cole on this point about the Keto Diet.  After reading a few articles by “health experts” who would explain how we should combine intermittent fasting with a Keto-Diet.  Their goal was dieting more on fats and proteins rather than carbs and that alone was supposed to cause you to lose weight.  So when I experimented with adding more fats to my diet it had a slight effect of reducing inflammation and pain along my spine.  But, when I tried eating more saturated fats from butter and coconut oil and more polyunsaturated fats from olive oil throughout the day; I ended up gaining six pounds after a week.

Unfortunately, I had to stop that method as it clearly did NOT work as intended.  Why?  I came to the conclusion that it was the wrong approach.  A better approach is to dry-fast and stop ALL water after 8pm.  Once you do this there is no insulin spike and inflammation can’t set in; resulting in having perfect physical peace with no opportunity for the nervous system to cry out in distress.

Experiment:

The 16/8 intermittent fasting protocol involves limiting consumption of foods and calorie-containing beverages to a set window of 8 hours per day and abstaining from food for the remaining 16 hours.  With dry fasting, you would omit fluids as well.

From the GetLeanafter40 website:

RULE 1: Your feeding window should be 8 hours

RULE 2: Your fasting window should be 16 hours if male 14 hours if female

This cycle can be repeated as frequently as you like — from just once or twice per week to every day, depending on your personal preference.

“Once you get lean, you can have fun with food.” — Cole Robinson

And that’s the key point, when you fast properly and get lean FIRST and foremeost, then you can enjoy ANY and ALL food without serious side effects.  And if you do feel bad, you just go back to dry fasting a minimum of 12 hours.  Anyone can do it, even if your rude and skeptical family members invite you to eat lunch or dinner you can participate.  Then, make the resolution to have your last meal by 8pm and if you go to bed at 11pm you are basically sleeping most of the time through the fasting window.

The next morning you re-feed at 8AM.  That will give your body a full 12 hour resting period for your kidneys and nervous system.  This has some similarities to our Nyungne Fasting system that we would do on retreat with our Tibetan Buddhist lamas.  So this extra knowledge is where Western Science may have given us the greatest value in terms of health and longevity.

In a recent Tel Aviv University study, participants who consumed a protein shake containing 49 grams of protein immediately after fasting lost 145% more weight than a group consuming a normal amount of protein at the same time of day.

When you re-feed, then it is wise to choose a low-carb meal so that you don’t spike your insulin and remain in a low ketosis state.  As you experiment, you can shorten the feeding window from 8 to 6 or 4 hours and that gives you more opportunity to keep your insulin low, reduce inflammation that causes pain, and increase the fasting window for the major healing results to set in.

Where am I going to get my nutrients from?

Plain and simple, you get it from your fat stores.  As long as you are peeing you are not going to have kidney failure.

When you do this regimen on a daily basis, it’s just like the Buddhist monks who are taught to take their last meal at lunch time.  It can become a smart, enjoyable lifestyle.  When you understand the principles you can choose to follow this daily, every other day, or on a weekly basis.  You can see what works for you and feel better physically while having more time to get things done.   Therefore, it is more of a lifestyle choice rather than anticipating an extended fast that sometimes produces anxiety to complete.

If you watch these two videos you will see what Cole is up to.  In the thirty day McDonald’s challenge his doctor examined him and showed that he increased his bone density (from when he started) and his Body fat percentage was at 11% (at the end) which is equivalent to an Olympic level athlete.

Cole’s Experiments: Perfect Diet and McDonald’s Challenge

Note: The only thing that goes against the Barefoot Way is his use of Baking Soda, Salt and Potassium chloride.  These are things MH has told us to avoid.  I believe one reason that Cole can get away with putting these chemicals in his system is because dry-fasting is such a powerful clean up tool.  I might experiment with Cole’s way and see what it produces and then my way using a more natural potassium source such as Blackstrap Molasses and Honey to replace electrolytes.

Benefits:

A few pieces of anecdotal evidence that show that the hair and teeth can be affected by dry fasting method.

From the Healing Teeth website:

Mr. Pearson records that at the end of his fast, “teeth with black cavities became white and clear, all decay seemed to be arrested by the fast, and there was no more toothache.”

He goes on to write, “The only effects upon the teeth which I have observed to occur during a fast are improvements.  I have seen teeth that were loose in their sockets become firmly fixed while fasting.”

From Reddit website:

“Been balding since I was in my teens. 3 months of 16/8 intermittent fasting and my hair grew back. Didn’t believe it at first until family started noticing.” — Helter_Skelet0n

So do your research and be extremely careful in beginning this program as it is more for the advanced practitioner looking to experiment with health and longevity.  To get started I would click here to determine your BMI: Calculator

Then, check out Cole’s Instagram and Facebook for help and motivation.

Light and love,
Neo

Disclaimer: The above article is intended as an exploration of a healing technique called dry fasting, and is not intended to be taken as medical advice.  If you are interested in this practice, you must educate yourself thoroughly, and seek advice from a qualified holistic or medical professional.  I do not accept liability for damage or injury that may allegedly arise from any information or suggestions herein.  As with anything, taking yourself to extremes can be very dangerous unless you are well trained and know what you’re doing.

 

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The Bright Mirror


Commentary by Grand Master T’an Hsu on the Prajna Paramita:

“Let’s return to the example of the bright mirror.  The worldling, unlike a Saint, is interested solely in the reflection, never giving as much as a thought to the mirror’s reflectivity.  Clinging to the reflection, the worldling grasps an incidental occurrence on the mirror’s surface and mistakes it for the original.

 

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The uninformed fail to understand that all that exists has its nature: earth has earth nature; fire has fire nature; water has water nature; wind has wind nature; and, consequently, the mirror has a mirror nature.  Our True Nature is also like that, and yet most people are always confusing illusion with reality, being quite unaware of their True Nature.  They grasp at and cling to reflections and dust.  Thus, for them, the Tao of Bodhi is difficult to attain.

 

The Buddha made use of many expedients while teaching the Dharma of Truth.  He repeated them over and over again so those who listened could follow his example and attain Enlightenment.  Reflections in the mirror are impermanent, but the mirror-nature is constant.  Reflections come and go, but the reflectivity of the mirror remains.”

Translated by Tripitaka Master Hsuan Tsang

Sutras:

You can download the Perfection of Wisdom sutras here to read on your own:

The Perfection of Wisdom (18,000 lines)

The Prajna Paramita (8000 lines)

Benefits of studying the Perfection of Wisdom:

As one Bodhisattva gives one’s self up to devotion to perfect wisdom, and does deeds for one day only while dwelling completely in mental activities connected with perfect wisdom; and yet another Bodhisattva lacks connections with perfect wisdom, but gives gifts for countless aeons…more discretely refined attributes has the Bodhisattva which, for one day only, makes endeavors connected with perfect wisdom.

A Bodhisattva which for one day only makes endeavors connected with perfect wisdom, begets merit other than the greatest merit of another Bodhisattva which for countless aeons gives and bestows gifts on all classes of holy persons, – from Streamwinners to Tathagatas – but lacks this discretion regarding perfect wisdom. — The Prajnaparamita in 8000 lines

Multiplying mantras:

Lama  Zopa Rinpoche offered us a few mantras that help us achieve incredible merits when repeated many times.  When there is no time to recite all the text, one can just do the mantras.  The following mantras are said to be The Mantra Encompassing the Essence of the Kangyur:

Recite:  I prostrate to the bhagavans who have destroyed the foes and are endowed with all the qualities of knowledge.  TADYATHA HRI SATI SMRITI JAYA BIJAYA SVAHA (recite many times).  Reciting this mantra is equivalent to reading the 8,000 verses of the Perfection of Wisdom Gone Beyond.

Recite:  OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNIYE SVAHA PRAJNA PARAMITAYE SVAHA  (recite many times).  Reciting this mantra is equivalent to reading the 80,000 verses of the Perfection of Wisdom Gone Beyond.  This completes the essence of the 80,000 verses.

Recite:  OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNIYE SVAHA PRAJNA PARAMITAYE SVAHA  (recite many times).  Reciting this mantra is equivalent to reading the 80,000 verses of the Perfection of Wisdom Gone Beyond.  This completes the essence of the 80,000 verses.

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Losar Prayer Flags


Prayer flags are for the enhancement of health, longevity, wealth, and all desirable qualities.  The prayer flags at Pema Osel Ling contain great blessings as the design and prayers on each flag come directly from HH Dungse Rinpoche, and Lama Tharchin Rinpoche ensured their accuracy.  According to tradition, each Losar, all prayer flags at Pema Osel Ling are replaced with new ones in a sang (smoke) offering.  This year’s Losar (Tibetan New Year) falls on February 5th.

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“The raising of prayer flags removes obstacles to the path of enlightenment.  It is particularly good for those experiencing illness and obstacles.  It will increase ‘windhorse’ life energy and bring good fortune and success in the New Year!”  — Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

Following is an excerpt from a letter that Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and Lama Sonam Rinpoche sent from Bhutan in 2012 for Losar:

“Setting up prayer flags raises our lung-ta (translated as “wind horse” and refers to good fortune and uplifting energy).  It helps both our Dharma practice and worldly life.  For practitioners, when our lung-ta goes up, it’s an auspicious sign of increasing our meditative experiences and realization on the path.  For ordinary persons, or on a relative level, raising lung-ta is very important too.

When our lung-ta decreases, then even though we put so much effort into something, our success will be miniscule.  Also, if we face a sudden danger and are saved from it and become victorious over the obstacle, then that is our lung-ta raising.  Without lung-ta, we find that all our good fortune is down.

This practice of raising prayer flags… increases our sok (life force), lu (physical health), wang-tang (power and glorious splendor), as well as our lung-ta.  There are so many benefits.  For example, for people who are experiencing illness, raising lung-ta can be helpful.  Whatever we wish can be quickly accomplished; obstacles are removed.”

If you can join our sangha, that’s wonderful.  If you can’t come to Pema Osel Ling, you can still sponsor prayer flag [click here to sponsor prayer flags].

We will write yours and your loved ones’ names on the prayer flag.

“We will pray for the long lives of our precious lamas, for all of our sangha, and worldpeace in our dedication of the prayer flags, with the wish that we all become victorious against undesirable circumstances and obstacles and that all good fortune flourishes.”

Vajrayana Foundation Newsletter: Dharma Programs 2018

 

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Ceremony For the Deceased


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I received this email from Chagdud Gonpa Rigdzin Ling and passing it on for those that may be interested in this Lama performing the Bardo Ceremony done for their love one who recently passed and anyone who wishes to participate or be a sponsor for the upcoming Vajrasattva Drubchod retreat:

A Ceremony for the Deceased will be performed at the climax of the Red Vajrasattva Retreat on Saturday, September 29, 2018, led by our vajra master Jigme Tromge Rinpoche. This practice benefits the deceased wherever they may be wandering after death by invoking their consciousness and reducing their fear and suffering through love and compassion.

During the stages of the ceremony, the consciousness of the deceased is given focus, clarity and direction so that the habitual propensities toward unsatisfactory rebirths are purified. Then, by closing the doors to all possible suffering states of samsara, the consciousness is liberated directly into the blissful pure realm of Amitabha. At the conclusion of the ritual, the name-plaque is incinerated, marking the end of the deceased’s fetters to samsara.

To be included in this ceremony, you are invited to submit the names of deceased family, friends or someone with whom you have a connection. You may also include their picture or cremation remains. It is customary to include a donation on behalf of the deceased in order for the deceased to have an auspicious interdependence with this ceremony.

Names must be submitted by Tuesday, Sep. 25th.  Send an email to events@chagdudgonpa.org to submit a name. Click here to make an offering.

RED VAJRASATTVA RETREAT

FIVE-DAY DRUBCHOD & READING TRANSMISSION OF PATRUL RINPOCHE’S ‘WORDS OF MY PERFECT TEACHER’ with JIGME TROMGE RINPOCHE

 

September 26th – 30th, 2018

Vajrasattva meditation practice purifies the subtle mental and emotional habits that obscure our free, compassionate and open nature. Utilizing the skillful means of the Vajrayana tradition, it is swift and powerful.

A Drubchod is a group ritual ceremony that includes prayers and mantra recitations, relevant Dharma teachings and daily feast offerings (tsok). The retreat culminates with the accepting of the spiritual accomplishments (siddhis) and concludes with auspicious prayers and aspirations.

During the retreat, Jigme Tromge Rinpoche will read the scriptural transmission (lung) for Patrul Rinpoche’s classic commentary, Words of My Perfect Teacher, which is available in a wonderful English translation. It is imperative to receive this transmission as an authorization to read this text and fully comprehend its meaning.

The prerequisite empowerment will be conferred by Jigme Tromge Rinpoche on the morning of the first day.

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Practicing Forgiveness


One of the newest and most fascinating persons that has arrived on the scene and come to light in modern day history, has to be Jesse Lee Peterson.  Not without controversy, he has a rich background as someone who grew up on a plantation in Alabama under Jim Crow laws.  He moved out of his house to Los Angeles at 18 and worked for twenty years at various jobs and created a cleaning business.  By age 40, he went to his mother and forgave her for causing him to be angry and dividing him from his father (from their divorce) and made the most startling discovery I ever heard.  He claimed that this one act of courage changed his life profoundly by becoming an authentic Man and perfect human being.

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By clearing his psyche of any negative traces of his mother and her tenuous hold over him, he has been able to positively respond to all of life’s difficulties rather than negatively reacting to it.  By reacting, in an unconscious way, he always appeared weak (as a beta-male) and had a weak voice and made decisions based on emotions rather than a calm and logical mind.  From this new position of power, he has been able to hold a perfect view (often called the witness-self) in all of his daily interactions with others.  When others behave with great hostility and negativity towards him, he always has that calm-center within and everything outside appears as an illusory-display like a movie.

With this new found method to transform others into an authentic being, Reverend Peterson founded BOND, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “Rebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man.”  For 29 years he has dedicated his whole life to helping others overcome their anger (through forgiveness) which has lead other grateful people becoming a responsible adult in their community.

Psychology:

In order to discover how this one act of forgiveness has been able to transform these people’s lives lives for the better we may need to understand the psychology of it.

Why does it work? 

It is interesting to note that C.G. Jung has explained that the precise hold that the mother has on an individual (referred to as a mother-complex) weaves its way through all of psychology, religion and mythology.

“The acceptance of oneself is the essence of the whole moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.  That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ — all these are undoubtedly great virtues.” — Carl Jung

Jung often writes about the ideal reality, being composed of archetypal projections, such as God or the Hero (like Ulysses) which has been written about extensively in many positive ways by both fictional and non-fictional writers.  On the other end, the distorted reality is also an archetype such as the Devil or Shadow Self that is depicted in writing and can be seen by the harm that is created.  These negative effects and conditioned behaviors can also be seen in ourselves and our sons or daughters.

From the Journal of Religion and Health:

As on theologian stated: “Confessing one’s guilt is an archetypal experience, one so deeply anchored in the very structure of the human psyche that the need for it will never disappear.”  The author goes on to say that “The idea of confession and forgiveness is located in that place where psychology and religion meet — guilt.”

The same thing can be said about forgiveness.  In this regard, the utility of forgiveness and confession can be considered universally needed and applicable to all when lost in duality and confusion.

Esoteric Christianity:

The value of forgiveness, according to Reverend Peterson, lies in actively going to your mother and father and forgiving them.  You forgive them (particularly your mother) for making you angry and messing up your life.  Naturally, this takes a lot of courage.  Most people report, on his radio talk-show, that it is scary to imagine going to your parents to say that.   Of course these nervous feelings arise whenever we confront someone who may react wildly and create a scene.  Therefore, it is important to point out a few verses from the Christian bible.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” — Colossians 3:13

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” — Matthew 6:14

Since it is not taught in our churches (in this exact way) we may say that this is an esoteric teaching.  This information has been given to all of us – by great masters and saints who knew of its inherent value.  We are very fortunate to witness this beacon of light within this dark period – as one person can offer testimonial and make a huge difference for others; no matter how few.  Furthermore, Jesse Lee Peterson clearly states that it is NOT about asking for forgiveness because this just creates another form of guilt and co-dependency when dealing with imperfect people.

Effects of Forgiveness:

One of the most exciting things I have seen (other than the fun and heated debates) on his YouTube videos, are the people now coming forward with their success stories and sharing their new found freedom.  Here is one excerpt and successful case:

18-year-old Justin of Arizona says he forgave his mother.  He went to her.  At first he said he wasn’t scared, but he was.  Afterward he felt so free.  He’s no longer depressed.  He stopped smoking marijuana.  He’s no longer addicted to sex.  He’s going to school, and working on moving out. He believes loans are the devil.  He forgave his father as well — he accepted his forgiveness.  He had a very good relationship with his father; it was more the problem with his mother.  Most love and want their fathers; it’s the mothers that they hate, but they’ve been told otherwise.

Justin doesn’t get the hate Jesse catches.  They call him a self-hating black person, but he’s trying to help black people become individuals instead of victims.  They’re in a fallen state, angry, and they cannot see.  It wasn’t until Jesse examined himself that God caused him to see.  Most will not see.  Only a few will find the straight and narrow path.  Those who refuse have to suffer and die.

Book: From Rage to Responsibility

Silent Prayer: Be still and know

Radio show: Live stream  (M-F 6-9am PT / 9-noon ET)

In Tibetan we say Eh Ma Ho! or That’s Amazing! in English.
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Kalu Rinpoche’s Parinirvana


Another important master that has come to this Saha world is Kalu Rinpoche.  His Parinirvana is tomorrow, May 20th.  Not without controversy, we certainly can learn a lot from this great, compassionate master.

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Beneficial Quotes:

From the book The Dharma: That Illuminates All Beings Impartially Like the Light of the Sun and the Moon

Kalu Rinpoche tells us, “Whether we follow the scholastic or meditative approach really depends on our inclination, but regardless of how extensive or specialized our interest may be, some intellectual basis is certainly necessary. ”

“It is said that someone who tries to meditate without a conceptual understanding of what he or she is doing is like a blind person trying to find the way in the open country: such a person can only wander about, with no idea how to choose one direction over another.” — Kalu Rinpoche

From the Kagyu website:

“If we can practice bodhicitta, develop patience, and pacify all disharmony in our own home, then we have prepared the way leading to the development of limitless bodhicitta.”  He continues…

“If, on the other hand, we cannot maintain patience and harmony in our own home with our own family, then it is very unlikely that we will be able to do this with respect to all sentient beings, who are infinite in number.” — Kalu Rinpoche

From the book Gently Whispered: Oral Teachings by the Very Venerable Kalu Rinpoche

“In the current general cultural milieu of the Western world, expression of desire allows emotions to be actively encouraged, actively stimulated, and over-blown, all within the contextual appreciation of this as something healthy. If one has a desire, one is encouraged to fulfill it.”  He goes on to say:

“If one has an emotion, one is encouraged to stimulate it, to bring it to development by expressing it. Generally, this is seen as a healthy thing to do, while actually, in terms of karmic development, this approach tends to create a disproportionate exaggeration of desire and attachment. — Kalu Rinpoche

The Four ‘Faults’ of Natural Awareness:

  1. So close you can’t see it.
  2. So deep you can’t fathom it.
  3. So simple you can’t believe it.
  4. So good you can’t accept it.
A pith instruction:

“The pure nature of mind – emptiness, lucidity and intelligence without limit – has always been inside us.” — Kalu Rinpoche

Offerings:

Offering candles, incense, butter-lamps with a good intention (to the Lama) will create a lot of good karma and positive merit but offering the Tsok Feasts will generate the most merit and wisdom together that will forever be stored in our mind-stream.

The Kalachakra Tantra of Holding the Qualities of the Lama teaches:

“The merit accumulated by making offerings on the anniversary of one’s lama will dispel negative karma and obscurations accrued for countless eons, like the rays of the sun dispelling darkness.

This merit is superior to that accumulated by all beings in the three thousand world systems who gained merit through venerating and serving the Buddha.

Moreover, this merit is greater than the merit accrued by donating eyes, curing disease, and dispelling the sorrow of beings who are blind, ill or tormented by suffering in the hell realms and who are as numerous as the dust particles of the three thousand world systems.”

Tsok Dates:

Kalu Rinpoche passed into parinirvana on May 10, 1989 which falls on the 5th day of the 4th Month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar.    Previous Ganachakra ceremonies have fallen on these days:

  • 2016: May 11th
  • 2017:  May 30th

The parinirvana date for this year is: May 20th, 2018

Once again bringing forth awareness of the wrong intention and bad behavior within the mind of deluded sentient beings, Kalu Rinpoche’s yangsi (present incarnation) speaks out.  With a sincere heart and good intention he raises our understanding what is happening in the hearts of evil people.

 

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Kunzang Dechen Lingpa’s Parinirvana


Kunzang Dechen Lingpa Rinpoche (1928-2006) was a tertön of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.  He was renowned in his homeland of Northeastern India as a realized master of Dzogchen and terton.  He was especially famous for the special healing ceremony known as Chöd practice.

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Kunsang Rinpoche was born in the Earth Snake Year – 1928, in Southern Tibet in Lhodrak.  He was the13th reincarnation of the Buddha Rinchen Tsug Tor Gyen.  From childhood he was only interested in spiritual things.  At 16 he went into full time spiritual retreat, and studied with Dudjom Rinpoche for 10 years.

He became a terton or treasure revealer at age 20.  Rinpoche was recognized by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche as the Lodhak Terton, the reincarnation of Terton Longsel Nyingpo, of the Drubchen Melong Dorje lineage.

Healing Chod

From the Zangdokpalri website:

Rinpoche was fond of performing the Healing Chöd for masses of Buddhist disciples who were instructed just to lay down and rest for about forty minutes or however long the ceremony lasted.

Chöd is a unique spiritual practice and a path to complete enlightenment.  It is an extremely effective method for healing our body, mind and spirit.  The chief way it does this is by clearing the karmic obstacles and blockages arising from our negative interaction with others in countless past lives.

Normally, obstacles stem from taking lives, vitality, property, honor, confidence or hope from others.  They may also arise from past actions, speech and thoughts, based on greed, attachment, apathy or egotism.

Similarly, the limitless ways in which humans disrespect or despoil the material and spiritual forces of nature, the planet, or the elements (fire, water, air, earth) are the basis of numerous difficulties and life obstacles; socially, materially, physically and mentally.  The way these many debts are repaid in Chöd is by offering our most previous and closely guarded possession – our own bodies – to the universe.

A Short Story:

I had the good fortune to meet Rinpoche back in the summer of 2004.  There are many stories about Kunzang Dechen Lingpa (KDL) but this one stood out in an overwhelming way because of Rinpoche’s compassion and his heroic action knowing his health might diminish.

One time, KDL had met a native Shaman and both got to know each other quite well and after some time became good friends.  Since the Shaman was amazed at the qualities KDL possessed and learned that the Bardo Ceremony would be useful to help deliver his soul during the intermediate stage, he requested help should he pass away before him.

When the Shaman actually did pass away, his disciples notified Rinpoche to fulfill his duties.  As KDL visited the home where the deceased body lay, the Shaman’s disciples said, “OK, now get in bed and lay next to our teacher and for the next few days perform the death ritual.  This is how things have to be done according to our tradition.”

To the horror of Rinpoche’s disciples, they protested vehemently believing that this would severely affect Rinpoche’s health for hygienic reasons.  Despite everyone’s objections Rinpoche acquiesced saying, “Since I made a promise, I have no choice but to uphold my word and perform the Bardo Ceremony and do it according to their needs and fulfill their wishes.”

After this, Rinpoche came down with an illness which affected his knees so much that he always had trouble walking after that day for the rest of his life.  It was obvious that KDL took on the karma without concern for his own well-being.

Namthar:

It’s also good to investigate the various namthars that are available in print to really aide us on our own spiritual path.  A namthar is a spiritual biography or hagiography and in Tibetan Buddhism it can gives us great insight in the conduct of extraordinary Mahasiddhas on their path to liberation.  Namthars can be outer, inner and secret in scope.  Here is a portion of KDL’s Namthar and the rest of the biography can be found here: Namthar

One night, just before dawn, I dreamt of a lama with a body slightly bigger than a human and with an overwhelming and extremely peaceful shining presence.  I was wondering whether or not this was actually Pema Jungney, then he spoke to me, saying “Son, eat this peach” and immediately gave me three peaches.

 I suddenly rose up, and, holding on to his index finger, just like that, we arrived instantly to Zangdokpalri, in the Southwest land of Orgyen.  At the door of a great gonpa, he said to me “Wait here, son, I will go request for you an audience with Guru Rinpoche.”  After saying this he went up a staircase.  Although I waited for a long time no one came.

Now I was wondering where that Lama was, so I went to see.  He was seated on top of a throne, in front of him were placed empowerment implements such as bumpas and so on.  I thought to myself “He is actually Guru Rinpoche”.  Then, while I was requesting vase empowerment, I suddenly arrived back in my bed.

Parinirvana Dates:

KDL passed away on March 28th, 2006 and sat upright unassisted for 2 and half days in what the Tibetans call Tukdom.  The anniversary of his passing is traditionally held on 29th day of 1st month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar.  The ganachakra feast (tsok practice) ceremony is the best way to generate vast stores of merits.  Tomorrow is the day to make butterlamp offerings, light candles, offer incense and especially perform the grand ganachakra tsok feast to honor this great master.

The Kalachakra Tantra of Holding the Qualities of the Lama teaches:

“The merit accumulated by making offerings on the anniversary of one’s lama will dispel negative karma and obscurations accrued for countless eons, like the rays of the sun dispelling darkness.”

Previous Tsok dates have fallen on these dates:

  • 2016 – March 8th
  • 2017 –  March 27th
  • 2018 – March 16th

The next ceremony will be held on: March 5th, 2019

Texts & Prayers:

LU MED KON CHHOK RIN CHHEN KUN DU PA
The embodiment of the infallible Precious Jewels,

TSHO KYEY PEY JYUNG YAB YUM JYIN LAB KYIY
The Sole Father and Mother Lotus-Born, Pema Jyungnye;

DRO DUL KUN ZANG DE CHHEN LING PA YI
By your blessings may the tamer of sentient beings, Kunzang Dechen Lingpa’s

GYAL SEY TRUL KU NYUR JYON SOL WA DEB
Bodhisattva reincarnation manifest swiftly, I pray!

These four lines are the brief form of the prayer commonly recited in the assembly.

Other rebirth prayers can be found here: Rebirth

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Guru Dragpo Puja


From the Kopan Monastery website:

As Buddhists, Tibetans believe that if you want good circumstances, you yourself need to establish good conditions.  Losar rituals are concerned with inspiring a creative attitude, to establish a basis for a good new year.  On these first days of the year Tibetans engage in specific virtuous actions, and acts that are considered auspicious.

Losar-Puja

Moreover, in the days that precede Losar, the last days of the old year, everyone in the community is concerned with pacifying and removing left-over negativity.

During this time, Tibetan monasteries and temples undertake specific rites to expel negative habits from the old year, so these will not be carried into the New Year.  The lamas and monks will do a week of rituals, some of which culminate in the well-known lama dances. Moreover, in their homes, families prepare for the New Year by cleaning, and making new clothes.

From the Amitabha Foundation’s newsletter:

The annual Guru Dragpo puja at Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery in Bylakuppe, India, begins February 8 and continues through February 14, 2018.  Guru Dragpo is practiced at the end of the Tibetan lunar year to dispel obstacles and purify any remaining negativities in order to usher in happiness and prosperity for the New Year (Losar), which is February 16th this year.

Ayang Rinpoche Puja 2017

We invite you to make an offering to help support the puja.

Ayang Rinpoche has said that anyone sponsoring Dharma activities gains the same merit as the practitioners.

Make a donation online here, or send a check made out to Amitabha Foundation.

You may include a dedication for your offering in the name of a loved one, living or deceased, including pets.  All names must be submitted to the Amitabha Foundation by February 12 at 5 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Your donation of any amount will be appreciated and will be like a drop of water mixed in an ocean of merit!

Becky Loy
for H. E. Chöje Ayang Rinpoche and the Amitabha Foundation

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Heart Advice


H.H. Yangthang left a letter to his niece’s daughter before he passed into nirvana.  This letter was found in his personal bag after his parinirvana.  We believe that this letter is also the last teaching he bestowed to all of us.  We are very grateful to Sangye Khandro, who translated this letter into English for all of us.

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~ A BIT OF ADVICE ON PUREST INTENTIONS FOR TASHI CHOTSO:

Although you are still young, this is the time when your mind is fresh and clear. Now is the time to carefully consider your present human life and what will follow this.  The wise ones of the past have said, “If you plan ahead, it is smart.  If you regret later it is dumb.”  So, that means you must carefully consider finding the correct direction to take that will benefit this life and the future.  Once you have found this then it is extremely important to pursue that path whole heartedly.  Once inadvertently entering the wrong direction it is difficult to turn around and reenter the right way even if you want to.  You won’t be able to instantly turn around so from the onset it is best to get this right.

In short there are two paths to take, the worldly and the spiritual path.  If you take the worldly path both this and the future life will be involved with suffering.  This direction is very challenging because it involves the path of negativity and non-virtue.  The spiritual path is the direction that illuminates fully endowed happiness and wellbeing both temporarily and ultimately.  Even though that is the case, these days there are very few who chose to enter this illuminating path.

Among the seven point three billion inhabitants of this planet, there are only several hundred thousand who are following the path of dharma.  Everyone else is pursuing the worldly path.

By only establishing non-virtue, then due to the power of negativity they must powerlessly pursue a misguided direction that leads to suffering.  Having attained this precious human life just this once, they are distracted by meaningless activities on the path of cyclic existence and without even noticing their life is wasted.  One day when death arrives they must leave behind this world, their loving parents, relatives, abundance and even their cherished body and enter their future life with eyes full of tears.

Having spent their life only accumulating non-virtue they can only take rebirth in the three lower realms.  Revolving within the three lower realms repeatedly, after some hundreds and thousands of human years they may take rebirth just once in a higher place.  Experiencing continuous suffering for such a long time, by circling throughout the six realms, there will be no chance to achieve freedom from this.

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This kind of worldly direction is a vast heap of suffering.  Since it endures for so long it is actually a very frightening path.  Due to the power of negative karma all humans will powerlessly proceed down this undesirable direction.  That is why you, young girl, must make prayers that you can avoid this direction!  If due to your karma you end up having to go there, please keep this advice strongly in your heart:

Don’t react with frustration and try to make decisions by yourself; listen to the advice of your parents and elders who have good intentions; respect the advice of those with knowledge and learn to trust the Triple Gem and divinations concerning your future.

Always look within yourself with careful consideration and walk with firm steps in the positive direction without mindlessly engaging in chaotic activities.

If you wish to choose the path of the sublime dharma, that would be the best!  That is the correct illuminating path and it is the unmistaken way to go!  First it is important to single pointedly trust in the Triple Gem and firmly cherish the advice of parents and elders, and listen and guard the teachings given to you from compassionate masters, monks and excellent practitioners.  Keep your own mind stable and focused and without wavering enter this luminous path.  First purely accomplish your own purpose and then work to benefit others.

Meditation with Universe

If you, young girl can enter this path of the Buddha then in order to practice dharma you must study and learn the Tibetan language.  This is very important.  You must be diligent in studying Tibetan.  Although it may be challenging, it will allow you to accomplish a greater purpose.  Right now your focus is on worldly subjects in ordinary school.  Through this knowledge you will only learn that which benefits the practical aspects of survival for this life alone.  For example, you will learn how to get food, wealth, name, fame reputation and status.  All those philosophers who are learned in western subjects such as science are able to identify that which is invisible to ordinary people.

Nevertheless, although they see and extract that which is precious among the external four elements, have made medical discoveries that cure diseases, are able to benefit and protect their own direction and deliver that which is harmful to others, are expert in discovering substances that bring both benefit and harm into this world; their capacity to be omniscient is still extremely limited.

If we compare that to the omniscience of the Buddha, then from a spiritual perspective the capacity of the buddha is equal to space.  There is not even a hair’s worth of anything that cannot and is not known.  That is called being fully and completely omniscient.

If you come to understand the dharma that is taught by such an omniscient Buddha then your own mind will become like the sky and will never be rigid. Your entire being will be open and free.  Since the teachings of the Buddha are full of such temporary and ultimate benefit to yourself and all others if you can learn even a little bit of this dharma that will bring tremendous achievement.

Please hold this advice deep within your heart.

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