“At any time, in those crucial moments when suddenly something really challenging happens, if we look immediately to our mind it brings awareness vividly to the front. We momentarily remove all the mists of conceptions and look to the nature of infinite openness. Vivid displays handled skillfully introduce the nature of mind.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
Cutting Through Ego and Revealing Fearlessness: Chod Practice According to Jigme Lingpa’s Bellowing Laugh of the Dakini (pgs 147-148)
Photo of Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches bestowing empowerment at Padma Samye Ling in 2009.
“Bodhichitta is the wish to be of service to all living beings, to fulfill their wishes, and to support and inspire them to attain buddhahood.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
The Essential Journey of Life and Death, Volume 2
Answer: When you have bodhichitta in your heart, then everyone is your friend. Everyone is special. We should see everyone as our best friend. What is bodhichitta about? Bodhichitta is the union of loving-kindness, compassion, and profound wisdom. When these three are joined together, that is bodhichitta. When we have the view and attitude of bodhichitta, we see everyone as a friend.
This does not mean we’re going to let anyone exploit us, or use our energy to do something that is hurtful to others. Bodhichitta moves with clear intelligence and knows the nature of samsara. We pay attention to our perceptions so that we’re guided by wisdom. There may be some people who try to take advantage of this kindness, but seeing others as dear friends is a very special practice that will support the growth of bodhichitta.
Advice from a Spiritual Friend: A Commentary on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (pgs 39-40)
If we want to be kind, good, and make something meaningful out of our lives—to really change our state of mind and bring sunshine into our hearts—we need to bring up more joy, peace, and happiness in our minds. Also bring up more bodhichitta thoughts that are full of love, kindness, and compassion for all living beings—not just self-centered mind. We’ve been thinking of ‘I,’ ‘I,’ ‘I,’ for a long time. The great master Shantideva said, “We’ve been practicing self-centered mind since beginningless time. But how much have we achieved? How successful have we been?” On the other hand, look at the example of the Buddha and all the great bodhisattvas. They put all sentient beings in front of themselves, and what did they achieve? They were full of joy, love, kindness, and respect and appreciation. They were so down-to-earth—not hovering in the sky, following after this and that. Read about their actions and legacies. Read their life stories—those are great teachings on bodhichitta, love, and kindness. Similarly, we’re trying to activate ourselves and follow in their footsteps. What could be better or more beautiful than that? Think about this.”
Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha: The Path to Freedom (pgs 3-4)
We have moved forward during the stay-at-home period
• The building is now enclosed and air conditioned
• The ceiling has been painted sky blue and the walls are waiting for the yellow that Ven. Khenpo Rinpoche has chosen
• Intricate trim over windows and doors recalls traditional Tibetan architecture and will be painted in appropriately
• The interior space is sunlit and inviting, opening up toward the area where the new shrine will be built
The next few weeks will be very busy! We will …
• Complete work on the walls, trim, and interior columns
• Start installing fixtures
• Prepare to stain the floor in an intricate pattern
• Build the pump houses, water tank & water treatment system
• Install the small paved parking area
By the end of July, we will be able to see the final forms of the temple and surrounding land beginning to emerge!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed their time, effort, prayers, and finances to this wonderful manifestation of the Khenpo Rinpoches’ vision!
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