Her Emminence Khandro Rinpoche gives a talk on how to work with physical limitations when practicing. She mentions that people don’t often know how pervasive sickness and aging is until they come in direct contact with it, so for people who are healthy, it is especially important to contemplate these things in order to appreciate one’s situation and make use of one’s life in the best way.
Parents living in western countries often wonder how to bring their children into Dharma practice. As Her Eminence Khandro Rinpoche says, parents usually are passive and want their children to decide for themselves, or they take the the extreme and push too much. Khandro Rinpoche gives advice on how to skillfully introduce children into Dharma and how this effort will effect them later in life.
Nagarjuna’s famous work “Letter to a Friend” is a response that Nagarjuna composed for one his students, a south Indian King. Even though it is relatively short, being only 123 verses, it covers the entire Mahayana path.
Instructions for Lay Practitioners
This famous text by Nagarjuna has special meaning for lay practitioners. Notes from a teaching that Gyalwang Karmapa gave on this work says:
… why he had chosen this particular text – Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend – because, not only did it thoroughly cover the philosophy of Madhyamika, but it was mainly an instruction for householders on how to practice dharma. In ancient India householders who held the five precepts would study the text. It was His Holiness’ hope that this teaching would provide a new perspective for laystudents on how to be a householder and practice the dharma at the same time.
Click here to read a copy of the original letter. Below is a series of teachings that Khandro Rinpoche gave at the University of Berkeley regarding this famous work.
Khandro Rinpoche asks the question “What is Buddhist philosophy?” She says that if this question arises, one would have to posit that it is the Buddha’s realization of the Four Noble Truths. She talks about how the Four Noble Truths can be viewed from the context of our daily experiences, and how it relates to understanding our own true nature.
Khandro Rinpoche gives an interesting talk about how to correctly set intention, and understand the connection between intention and result. Having spent many years in the west, she talks about how to integrate this understanding into daily life. As she explains, sometimes western practitioners get a very good intellectual understanding of teachings, but havn’t been able to integrate it and instead seem self absorbed.
Khandro Rinpoche in this video explains that meditation practice doesn’t actually begin when one sits on the cushion, but actually when one leaves the cushion. Elaborating in clear terms, she explains how one’s view and understanding of practice will shape the time when one leaves the cushion.
Here is an interesting short clip with Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, one of the few high-ranking female incarnate lamas. She talks about buddhism and its relationship to the modern being, or western Buddhist practitioners. She also addresses the issue of being “selective” when it comes to the issue of “westernization of Buddhism.” Overall a lot of good dharma insights and things to contemplate during our daily life