By Patrul Rinpoche
A favourite of Tibetans—and of the Dalai Lama himself— The phrases of My excellent instructor is a pragmatic consultant to the religious practices universal to all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. it's the vintage remark 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 reports, quotations, and references to lifestyle, giving the textual content the entire lifestyles and surroundings of a compelling oral educating.
This moment, revised variation (of the publication initially released by means of HarperSanFrancisco in 1994) is the results of a close and painstaking comparability of the unique Tibetan textual content with the English translation via the Padmakara Translation staff. the recent variation additionally contains translations of a postface to the textual content written a century in the past for the 1st published Tibetan version by means of the 1st Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, and a brand new preface by means of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
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Give them up altogether. Be mindful and listen with attention and care. Do not focus too intently, picking out individual words and points, like a dremo bear digging up marmots--each time you seize one item, you forget the one before, and will never get to understand the whole. Too much concentration also makes you sleepy. Instead, keep a balance between tight and loose. Once, in the past, Ananda was teaching Sror:ta to meditate. Sror:ta had great difficulty getting it right. Sometimes he was too tense, sometimes too relaxed.
6 The Mantra Vehicle is sublime. The Mantrayana can be entered by many routes. It contains many methods for accumulating merit and wisdom, and profound skilful means to make the potential within us manifest' without our having to undergo great hardships. The basis for these methods is the way we direct our aspirations: Everything is circumstantial And depends entirely on one's aspiration. Do not consider the place where the Dharma is being taught, the teacher, the teachings and so on as ordinary and impure.
If you remember incorrectly what has been said, endless wrong ideas will proliferate. 19 This will spoil your mind and debase the teaching. Avoid all these errors and remember everything-the words, the meaning and the order of the teachings-properly and without any mistake. However long and difficult the teaching may be, do not feel disheartened and wonder if it will ever end; persevere. And however short and simple it may be, do not undervalue it as just elementary. To remember both words and meaning perfectly, in the right order and with everything properly linked together, is therefore indispensable.
The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Revised Edition) (Sacred Literature Series) by Patrul Rinpoche