Heart Advice

TNorbuRelinquishing ‘me’ is ceasing to want to be this and that.

Relinquishing ‘mine’ is ceasing to want to have this and that.

In samsara, nothing is worth being; nothing is worth having.

 

When meeting with sensory objects, stop at contact:

when hearing, just hear; when touching, just touch;

when seeing, just see; when tasting, just taste;

when smelling, just smell.

 

If stopping at contact is not possible, and feelings arise:

when a pleasant feeling arises, do not cling to it;

when an unpleasant feeling arises, do not avoid it.

 

If attachment and aversion do arise, do not proceed to craving;

emotions appear, endure but for a moment, and subside.

 

If you must act, apply the four efforts:

stop harmful acts already started;

don’t start harmful acts not yet begun;

start beneficial acts not yet begun;

don’t stop beneficial acts already started.

 

If you do act on afflicted emotions,

minimize harm by avoiding beneficial objects,

softening the method, mitigating the intensity,

limiting the frequency, and not dwelling on the satisfaction.

 

Once you harm self and others, purify your actions:

regret the harm, rely on the guidance of the Three Jewels,

resolve to abstain from further harm,

and remedy it by dedicating the merit of virtuous acts.

 

When dying, seek rebirth in the Pure Land:

generate serene trust; make a definitive aspiration;

and recite om amideva hrih.

 

Superior to all methods for relinquishing ‘me’ and ‘mine’

is to dedicate yourself to the welfare of others.

—Kyabje Tashi Norbu Rinpoche, on the anniversary of his birth

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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4 Responses to Heart Advice

  1. Cheryla says:

    Having been to 90% of the Dharma talks at Nying Je Ling last year, this post is a most excellent summary of all I have have heard and attempt to apply. Deep gratitude to your lama for his teaching and to you for passing them on to us. om shanti, cc

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