By Patrul Rinpoche
A favourite of Tibetans—and of the Dalai Lama himself— The phrases of My excellent instructor is a realistic advisor to the religious practices universal to all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. it's the vintage observation at the initial practices of Longchen Nyingthig, a cycle of teachings of the Nyingmapa tuition. Patrul Rinpoche makes his topic obtainable via a wealth of news, quotations, and references to daily life, giving the textual content all of the lifestyles and surroundings of a compelling oral instructing.
This moment, revised version (of the ebook initially released by means of HarperSanFrancisco in 1994) is the results of an in depth and painstaking comparability of the unique Tibetan textual content with the English translation by way of the Padmakara Translation staff. the recent variation additionally comprises translations of a postface to the textual content written a century in the past for the 1st published Tibetan variation through the 1st Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, and a brand new preface by means of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
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Extra resources for The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Revised Edition) (Sacred Literature Series)
Don't run after them! But should they come to mind, reflect on how success and failure come and go. Is there anything you can trust besides Dharma, mru:ti-reciters? 15 Your future projects and plans are like nets cast in a dry riverbed: They'll never bring what you want. Limit your desires and aspirations! 13 THE ORDINARY OR OUTER PRELIMINARIES But should they come to mind, think how uncertain it is when you'll die: Have you got time for anything other than Dharma, mar:ti-reciters? Your present work is like a job in a dream.
This is the practice of 18 THE FREEDOMS AND ADVANTAGES discipline. Avoid harm to living beings, even the smallest of insects, and bear heat, cold and all other difficulties. This is the practice of patience. Lay aside any wrong views concerning the teacher and the teaching and listen joyfully with genuine faith. This is the practice of diligence. Listen to the Lama's instructions without distraction. This is the practice of concentration. Ask questions to clear up any hesitations and doubts. This is the practice of wisdom.
And if you are not at all interested in the Dharma, there will be no results at all. As the proverb puts it: The Dharma is nobody's property. It belongs to whoever has the most endeavour. The Buddha himself obtained the teachings at the price of hundreds of hardships. To obtain a single four-line verse, he gouged holes in his own flesh to serve as offering lamps, filling them with oil and planting in them thousands of burning wicks. He leapt into flaming pits, and drove a thousand iron nails into his body.