Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche mentions that sometimes practitioners develop a bias during self reflection, where they prefer not to looking at their errors or short comings. He explains how to fearlessly look into these things in order to continue to develop in one’s spiritual practice.
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche explains how when someone does something incorrectly or unskillfully, this is caused by confusion. He mentions that this becomes a trap in spiritual practice because people think that they’re mainly to blame, while the problem was actually caused by their confusion. He mentions that identifying oneself with this confusion and creating guilt based off this creates a situation that is impossible to move on from.
Some consider tolerance or patience towards adversity to be a sign of passivity or weakness. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche explains in which context tolerance occurs, and how it is actually an active state.
During Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche‘s “Modern Day Bodhisattva Semnar,” he talks about compassion. He points out that some can not keep their minds and hearts open after evaluating a situation and deciding that they can’t help. He explains how the practice of compassion is not about being able to relieve others of suffering immediately, but of trying to stay open.
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche explains how to handle situations of “karmic debt.” He gives an example of relationships where one person might take on the role of an aggressor and another a passive stance, but through this interaction, certain neurosis can develop. He points out that to these types of relationships as being established from karmic debt. He explains how to skillfully move past the neurosis through use of self reflection.
In this video, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche discusses how someone can practice seriously and become a yogi. He says that meditating is often seen as something fashionable, that something someone strives for during a period of time, but is easily dropped once the fashion wears out. He addresses this issue and gives suggestions on how to make practice steady.
Teachers play an important role in Buddhism. While someone could study and practice by themselves and can do so successfully for many years, being able to rely on a teacher is like having a link to a living tradition who can bring blessings into practice.
Before someone begins a spiritual relationship with a teacher, a student often should have certain qualities to make the relationship fruitful. In this teaching, Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche talks about these qualities that a student should have, and it relates around having certain amount of openness and receptivity.