By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
"Lama Yeshe used to be in a position to translating Tibetan Buddhist proposal not just via language, yet by means of his presence, gestures, and method of life." (Gehlek Rimpoche, writer of excellent existence, stable Death)
"One of the good academics of our time." (Sogyal Rinpoche, writer of The Tibetan e-book of dwelling and Dying)
Common to all 4 traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, the perform of Vajrasattva is used to purify unfavourable karma, affliction, and hindrances to non secular improvement. Lama Yeshe, the inspirational instructor who strongly stimulated the advance of Buddhism within the West, discovered that the perform of Vajrasattva introduced dramatic effects for his Western scholars. turning into Vajrasattva is a whole consultant to this purification perform, offering guideline at the process, observation at the conventional texts, and perception into tantra. additionally incorporated is a complete part of entire retreat directions - crucial interpreting fabric for an individual venture a retreat within the Tibetan tradition.
Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984) used to be born in Tibet and proficient on the nice Sera Monastic college. He fled the chinese language oppression in 1959 and within the overdue Sixties, along with his leader disciple, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, started instructing Buddhism to Westerners at their Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal. In 1975 they based the overseas Buddhist association, the root for the maintenance of the Mahayana culture (FPMT), which now has greater than a hundred and sixty facilities, tasks and companies worldwide.
Nicholas Ribush is the founding director due to the fact that 1996 of the Lama Yeshe knowledge Archive, devoted to retaining the lessons of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He graduated from Melbourne college scientific tuition in 1964 and primary encountered Buddhism at Kopan Monastery in 1972. He was once an ordained monk from 1974 to 1986. He helped identify knowledge guides with Lama Yeshe in 1976, proven Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre in New Delhi in 1977, and Kurukulla heart in Boston in 1989. Ribush used to be a member of the root for the maintenance of the Mahayana culture (FPMT) board of administrators from 1983 till 2002. He lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche is the religious Director of the basis for the renovation of the Mahayana culture (FPMT), a global community of Buddhist facilities, monasteries, and affiliated initiatives, together with knowledge courses. Rinpoche used to be born in 1946 within the village of Thami within the Solo Khumbu quarter of Nepal close to Mount Everest. His books contain remodeling difficulties into Happiness, the right way to be at liberty, and supreme therapeutic. He lives in Aptos, California.
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Meditate; go within: that's where your real friends are. VISUALIZING THE OBJECT OF REFUGE The way we take refuge in the Heruka Vajrasattva practice is different from the way we do it according to the teachings on the graduated path to enlightenment, where the principal refuge object is Shakyamuni Buddha. Here the Buddha refuge object can be either Heruka or Vajradhara, whichever is easier for you to visualize. 28 The Main Commentary Visualize a standing blue Heruka, embracing his consort, red Vajravarahi.
It is difficult but possible, and it is essential if practice is i:o benefit your mind. If in a teaching situation the teacher is just like a radio and the audience like the walls of a room, how can there be any benefit? The natural skepticism of Westerners that does not allow them to accept what they hear until they understand it makes them exceptionally well qualified to listen to Mahayana teachings. I like it when they say, "You said so-and"so. " Those who have guru devotion based on emotional faith instead of under~ standing wisdom are not properly qualified to take teachings.
An understanding of shunyata automatically causes this ordinary, relative image to disappear. If you have sharp intelligence it is not so difficult to understand shunyata. You do not have to learn tremendously complex philosophies or study volumes of texts under many lamas. Of course, you can learn from teachers and books, but if you are skillful, you can learn through a very simple method: do not believe what your senses tell you. It is not necessary to search far and Inner Refuge and Meditation on Emptiness 33 wide for what stops you from seeing shunyata.
Becoming Vajrasattva : The Tantric path of Purification by Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche