“The source of everything is uncompounded,
Self-arising, infinite, inconceivable
Beyond the labels “samsara” and “nirvana.”
Knowing this suchness is buddhahood.
Unknowing beings wander compulsively.
May all beings of the three realms
Realize the nature of the inconceivable source.”
Discovering Infinite Freedom: Commentary on the Prayer of Kuntuzangpo
“As King Indrabhuti approached Oddiyana, he and his men saw a beautiful rainbow light by the shore of a lake. The king said: “I had such a beautiful dream last night. A nine-pointed golden vajra with many lights appeared in the sky. I grabbed it and felt the sunshine streaming into my heart.” Then the king and his minister took a small boat out to explore the lake. In the midst of that lake, they found a young boy with a brilliant and beautiful complexion, glowing with light. The king and his minister were amazed. Calling to him they said: “Emaho! You are such a noble child. Who is your father and who is your mother? Where do you come from? What is your clan? What do you eat? What do you do?”
The boy, who was Guru Padmasambhava, answered: “My father is awareness wisdom. My mother is the blissful emptiness of Samantabhadri. My country is the unborn dharmadhatu. My clan is the union of awareness and emptiness. My food is dualistic thoughts. My work is to subdue the negative emotions of sentient beings.”
Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
Praise to the Lotus Born: A Verse Garland of Waves of Devotion
“In the famous Uttaratantra, Buddha Maitreya taught that the Three Jewels of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha have six qualities: (1) rare, (2) supreme, (3) stainless, (4) powerful, (5) ornament, and (6) qualified.
Among these six qualities, the Tibetan word for jewel is konchog, which includes two: rare and supreme. “Rare” refers to how very, very rare it is for the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha to appear. In a way, the Buddha is the source: first the Buddha comes, then the Dharma, followed by the Sangha. Without the Buddha there is no Dharma for us to learn. Of course, without the Dharma there is really no Buddha either. But in this case, the Buddha worked so hard for three countless aeons until he reached enlightenment, and then the Dharma came, followed by the Sangha.
The Three Jewels are “supreme” because they aren’t just ordinary precious jewels. They bring not only temporary happiness, but complete happiness to all living beings. An ordinary jewel may bring happiness for a short time, but it may also create more negative emotions. The Three Jewels bring lasting happiness and are therefore supreme among all that is supreme.”
Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
The Essential Journey of Life and Death, Volume 1:
Chapter Twenty: Foundation Practice (pg 252)
Photo from a Refuge Ceremony bestowed by Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche at the Palm Beach Dharma Center on November 18, 2017, by Mark McDonnell.
On March 29, 2013 at Padma Samye Ling during the One Month Dzogchen Retreat on Mipham Rinpoche’s Vajra Heart, Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche taught on the “Four Reliances.”
(1) Don’t rely on the person, rely on the teaching.
(2) Don’t rely on the words, rely on the meaning.
(3) Don’t rely on the provisional meaning, rely on the definitive, ultimate meaning.
(4) Don’t rely on conceptual mind, but rely on wisdom.
Photo of Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche teaching during the 2015 Tibetan Calligraphy Retreat at PSL.
“Mindfulness is like a guardian or protector that reminds us, “Do not get lost in that thought—look at it!” Be mindful, and no matter what arises within the space of mind, do not become mesmerized. We don’t need to do anything more than this—awareness alone is sufficient. When we look directly at a thought, it simply dissolves and we instantly reach the center of the true nature. Then just relax.
Although this is a very simple meditation, it’s not easy. The moment one thought is liberated, another one erupts. When this happens, do not feel bad. Use the same technique. Use your mindfulness like radar. Hone in on that thought and gaze right at it. The thought will naturally dissolve. Again, relax. Maintain the natural state—that’s the intention and the practice. Do not fabricate additional thoughts about what just happened. Do not anticipate or strategize about what may lie ahead. Do not judge or analyze your meditation. Be free from past and future, hope and fear. Stay in the center.
Here the great master Shigpo Dudtsi reiterates that whenever a thought arises, all we need to do is look at it and relax. Nothing more is necessary. To achieve stability in this, we need continuous joyful effort and devotion, courage and commitment. Cultivate these beautiful qualities without grasping, and then let them dissolve into the natural state just as you would any other thought. It’s important to remember that we must be patient. We cannot expect immediate results—we have to practice continuously, over time. And we need to gather and focus our energy. If we’re always busy, we won’t have much time for meditation, or we’ll be too tired when we try. This is not good for a practitioner.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
The Beauty of Awakened Mind (pg 145)
Photos from Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche’s public talk “Healing Medicine for an Abundant Life” sponsored by the Palm Beach Dharma Center on November 11, 2017. Photos by Mark McDonnell and Karin Kearney.