“Buddha Shakyamuni taught that there are infinite world systems containing an infinite number of sentient beings. Therefore, there are also countless emanations of enlightened beings to help with their awakening. There are thirty-six other world systems that are near our own. Each one has a different emanation of Guru Padmasambhava. We will tell you about one of these worlds.
To the east of here is a world where the concept of poverty does not even exist. Buddha Shakyamuni and Guru Padmasambhava both emanated there to give Sutra and Vajrayana teachings. The people in that world were so strong and wealthy, it was only through the teachings that they learned about poverty and imbalances like the ones we have on earth. Upon hearing of this they thought, “Oh, what a wonderful place! If only it was like that here, we could practice generosity and serve others. There is something very special in the acts of giving and receiving. It would be nice if we had that kind of situation in our world.” This is an example of the influence of Guru Padmasambhava on beings in one of the thirty-six nearby worlds.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
Liberating Duality with Wisdom Display: The Eight Emanations of Guru Padmasambhava (pg 15)
1. How to Meditate with Great Confidence and Wisdom
On April 16, 2013 at Padma Samye Ling during the One Month Dzogchen Retreat on Mipham Rinpoche’s Vajra Heart, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche taught essential practice instructions that we need to remember as meditators and Dzogchen practitioners. Khenpo Rinpoche’s translation and commentary on Mipham Rinpoche’s text gives us exact advice on how to practice to gain complete enlightenment. Khenpo Rinpoche’s personal commentary begins at 2:40. Enjoy this exceptional treasure!!!
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2. Dzogchen Pointing Out Instructions by Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche
On March 26, 2013 at Padma Samye Ling during the One Month Dzogchen Retreat on Mipham Rinpoche’s Vajra Heart, Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche gave pointing out instructions on how to bring everything together in our Dzogchen meditation.
Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
2017 PBC Pema Mandala Magazine
Free download: www.padmasambhava.org/pema-mandala-magazine
The topics discussed include:
1. When we begin Vajrayana practice and “open the mandala,” what are we opening to?
2. What should we do about the negative karma we previously created?
3. Is it a mistake to look at a teacher as a buddha if (s)he is not a buddha?
4. Five Dhyani Buddha Families
5. How to not be attached to this life?
6. How to calm an incredibly over-active mind?
7. What are the benefits of practicing together as a Sangha?
8. Primordial purity and spontaneous presence
9. What role does desire play on the path to enlightenment?
10. Good energy of the Sangha
Palm Beach Dharma Center
March 10, 2019
In the Buddha’s teachings it says that even if you can’t do an activity that benefits others, by simply rejoicing when other people do good things, you’ll get the same merit as them. It’s like when someone changes a light bulb— even though only one person actually replaces the bulb, everyone else gets to experience the benefit, just as if they all changed the bulb! Similarly, rejoicing in others’ good activities is a very skillful means, and you don’t have to do anything! Just sit back and think, “Wow, this is so great.” Buddha Shakyamuni and Guru Padmasambhava both said that by rejoicing you receive the same benefit as the person who actually performs the activity. So let them do the job! We can just feel happy with that. In one way, this is very simple, but it’s also very special.
Rejoicing also benefits others by inspiring them to do more. They will feel happier, excited, and supported. This is our practice. Making others happy is our job—it’s bodhichitta’s job. Bodhichitta means making everyone happy and peaceful so they feel nice and comfortable, both in the short and long term. That’s really the goal of Buddhist practitioners. Creating suffering, sadness, and difficulties for others is not the Buddha’s teaching. We all know this. As much as we can make everyone happy, peaceful, and joyful, that is really good.
Of course, I’m talking about rejoicing as a Dharma practice, but we should also rejoice when someone does anything good, even if it doesn’t have a spiritual name or isn’t an official Dharma practice. Doing good things like humanitarian projects and social work are wonderful. They really benefit and help others, creating peace and harmony in the world. When anybody does this, we should feel happy and pray, “May I be able to act similarly in the future.” Wishing for this and joining with their good activities is so special.
There are so many stories about the benefits of rejoicing. In the Buddha’s time, the king of Shravasti, named King Prasanejit, was very devoted to Buddha Shakyamuni. He was also born at the same time as the Buddha—they shared not only the same birthday, but also the exact same moment of birth. There were about five other princes who were born at the same time as the Buddha, and so many beautiful signs occurred, like glowing lights and other miraculous events. Due to the Buddha’s power, this light spread out very far. Of course, each of the kings thought that the signs were for their own newborn princes, so they named them accordingly. “Prasanejit” is roughly translated as “glowing light of victory.” Prasan means “light” and jit means “conqueror.”
Later King Prasanejit became so devoted to the Buddha. He often invited him to his royal palace to offer him lunch, along with his monks and nuns. This happened so many times. There were many beggars around the palace. In particular, there was an older beggar who thought, “How wonderful and beautiful that King Prasanejit has so much merit to become such a great king, and still he’s continuing to do such big meritorious activities. If I ever have the capability, I will also do the same thing for the Buddha and all these bodhisattvas and arhats.” She thought this sincerely from her heart. In the teachings it says that she accumulated the same merit as King Prasanejit because her intention joined with his activities.
The mind is so powerful and special. Everything we do starts from the mind. All visible activities come from this invisible mind. Whether we see it immediately or not, everything is connected to the mind and it affects every level of every system. This is why rejoicing is so important.
Rejoicing in your own deeds is also very important. The teachings always say that we should inspire ourselves. If you do something good in eyes of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, or in the presence of your friends, it’s very good. Even if your friends and family don’t see what you did, if it benefits others, yourself, or your meditation—such as by doing the six paramita practices or even having a single good thought—we should be happy and dedicate the merit. Whether it’s visible or invisible, we know our own mind. Every time we do this we’re progressing and moving forward, rather than walking backward or hovering in the same place. That’s how “practice makes perfect.” We don’t just do something once, but by repeatedly and continually doing good things with joyful effort, we illuminate ourselves. Therefore, we should rejoice in whatever we do with our body, speech, or mind that benefits others—rejoicing in every way, at every level, and with every opportunity we get, both in our own deeds and in the deeds of others.”
The Essential Journey of Life and Death, Vol. 1
Chapter Twenty: Foundation Practice (pg 278-281)