ABOUT HIDING AND GOING OUT
Understanding the following six points leads to Full Enlightenment. If you put them into practice, you experience Full Enlightenment.
ONCE YOU ATTAIN ENLIGHTENMENT, ALL YOUR SUFFERING ENDS.
When you view yourself as an Enlightened Being, even though your feelings may get hurt and you may experience physical pain, you’ve discovered happiness that is unaffected by physical conditions. Rather, your happiness affects your physical conditions.
LEAVING THROUGH THE BACK DOOR
Do your job and leave.
Go far, far, away, and do not regret, do not look back, and do not expect help. This way you will find freedom.
The phenomena of organized religion forges shackles around the stoutest of hearts. People will expect something in return for helping, even if it is only merit. And they will not notice if you did not return, because that is your wish. Blessings be upon you; do not even take one discarded root from the rubbish bin. Go in good health and remember me when I find you again.
Sometimes parting words are so difficult to remember with certainty.
We embellish, we listen to the stories of others, we do not believe when the image is so clearly placed before us. The cycle continues, whirling in the shrill silence of forgetfulness.
The world tosses about shreds of devotion, tempting morsels of convenience.
Words can be harsh or soothing.
The journey within to help others is not always what they really want. You have the unpleasant task of reminding them that they have become lazy.
Walk for a while, and then we will talk again.
Eventually this will become your place of solace. Trust that those who ignore you now will awaken one day.
Enjoy your tea alone for now, it is delicious even when cold.
(Pabongka Rinpoche’s full name was Kyabje Pabongkapa Jetsun Jampa Tenzin Trinley Gyatso Pel Sangpo, which translates as the “Lord Protector, the one from Pabongka, the venerable and glorious Master whose name is the Loving One, Keeper of the Buddha’s Teachings, Ocean of the Mighty Deeds of the Buddha.” He is also popularly known as “Dechen Nyingpo,” which means “Essence of Great Bliss” and refers to his mastery of the secret teachings of Buddhism. thanks to Wikipedia and Khen Rinpoche’s Forward to The Principal Teachings of Buddhism by Tsongkhapa, with a commentary by Pabongka Rinpoche, translated by Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Press 1998)
This holds true for everyone: when we die, our minds leave our bodies.
We travel down a long and winding lane where we meet all our loved ones. We choose which of them we wish to be reborn with, and they continue with us along the lane.
No one gets left behind.
Everyone sees a lane, but our lanes usually differ. However, because we all share continua, we see best when we’re not alone.
The guides who will help us in that “next” lifetime walk the lane with us also.
Again, everyone you love meets you along the lane: even those who are already in bodies, already in your next life.
Along the lane, we may find anyone we wish to see. However, we don’t ask for others, because loved ones understand each other and don’t require permission.
Because we all connect so intimately, people attach to one another, and many people, once attached, never separate for very long.
Everyone chooses not how they will match up in this lifetime, but who they will be matched with. Karma determines how people match together, while people and places come together by choice.
Only loved ones may choose to walk together; enemies cannot walk with you. Most people actually have no true enemies, so this seldom presents an issue.
When we share choices of the same people and places, we call that ‘collective karma’. However, ‘collective karma’ does not mean that everyone shares the same experience. Collective karma means nothing other than that people share a connection.
What, or rather who, is a “person”, anyway?
Many factors come into play once we resume our walk along the lane. We meet many people, and we must decide which appeals more: questioning many knowledge-holders and prophets (which presents challenges), or following more comfortable paths?
Comfortable paths don’t hold much challenge, but can offer a respite after having lived a lifetime filled with challenges and tribulations that proved exhausting.
Each time we walk down our lanes, we choose our companions and decide where we wish to meet in our next life. We don’t choose what role they’ll play, although we may request specific roles. ‘May’, because we can only make requests if we have enough merit to be able to make them. Not everyone can make requests, because anyone may refuse a request from someone else.
We all share the walk down the lane. We do not all share the same amount of merit.
To say that you don’t have the merit means that you haven’t done enough nice things for people to want to help you. Less merit means less help; it’s that simple, and people who don’t help others don’t get help.
Now if you have merit, people will be happy to help you, and you can make requests and people will consent to grant them. If people agree to your requests, you then negotiate the terms and conditions. Others don’t have to agree to your terms and conditions just because they agree to your requests. Sometimes people simply agree to meet, and karma takes care of the rest.
Karma stores like merit. You accumulate it, and karma may ripen immediately or in the future.
Karma differs from merit in that you exercise no control over how it’s spent.
As soon as karma accumulates, it begins to increase in value, but karma’s value is not always positive.
Karma is a law of nature, just like gravity. You create karma when you perform actions, and this karma proves positive or negative, depending on your intentions.
Positive karma comes from performing an action while wishing to help others. Negative karma comes from performing an action wishing to help oneself.
We all act with a mixture of wishing to help others and wishing to help ourselves. This is part of human nature. So, all of our actions result in a mixture of positive and negative karma, and we often can’t be sure what – or how beneficial – the results will be.
Performing actions as if we were doing them to ourselves best assures that we’re creating positive karma. Although we may not be doing what people want us to do, if we follow this approach we can be sure that we’ll experience the same result as if we had done it to ourselves.
This is why Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
Now, this can get tricky; it doesn’t mean that we should go out and do only what we want to do.
If we remember that others want us to do what they want us to do, we’ll see that we actually need to do what others want us to do, as much as we can.
That is what we would want for ourselves – to have others help us. So we should help others whenever we can.
Now let’s get back to karma. When we must make hard choices, we have to choose between merit and karma.
Merit earns people help, and karma earns people good conditions; you cannot always have both.
People make choices like this every day, and many of our choices are contradictory.
No one can know for certain if their choices will give them what they want, but if you choose merit you have more control over the outcome. When you chose merit over karma, you might not get what you want, but you know that your choice will propel you in the direction of your wishes.
If you choose karma, you get help from people who can’t make any guarantees; if you choose merit and dedicate it to benefitting others, you’re guaranteed success. If you choose merit and dedicate it to benefitting yourself, you get limited material success, which eventually runs out. If you choose merit and dedicate it to benefitting others, then the merit of others is added to your own merit.
So it’s not only a smart thing to choose merit and dedicate it to others, it’s also a good thing.
We’ll keep these instructions brief, because the principles are simple and the steps are easy to follow. When you wish to help others, you’re already off to a good start. Not only do you have the best possible motivation, but you also create more merit just by generating the wish to benefit others. So you’re protected by your intention and fueled by the laws of merit and karma.
Nothing can stop you if your motivation is pure.
Long before the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, people knew about merit and karma, suffering and rebirth, and how important it is to follow good advice. These concepts are not new, but in this world people have trouble remembering them because most people have almost exhausted the last of their merit.
When you run out of merit, you can no longer take a human rebirth and walk along the lane and choose your companions. Instead you must go straight to Hell, unless you are saved by the merit of others, which they may give to you. Now, little do you know about who might have given you how much merit, or how long it will last before it runs out and you find yourself in Hell again.
This is how Jesus saves his followers, by giving them His merit.
Christians don’t call themselves Buddhists, but Jesus is a Buddha. As many have already said, the word ‘Buddha’ simply means ‘Enlightened One’. We use the word ‘Buddha’ more as an adjective than a noun, because that more accurately portrays how Enlightenment works.
If more people could meet more Buddha-like people, more people could become Buddha-like.
We have much ground to cover, so please keep reading.
“Certainty”: one of the sneakiest illusions available to people in this world. It presents a vision of comfort, and lulls us into complacency… We can fall asleep and miss the best parts of life, until we get jolted back into awareness, often unprepared.
Accepting uncertainty opens all the doors and windows in the house and lets the wind and the sunshine in, so we can breathe and live more fully.
These posts and pages cover a variety of spiritual topics, and many are excerpts from forth-coming books.
Some of it gets a little esoteric, although not intentionally. Some of the ideas are quite complex and profound, yet we hope to convey the concepts in simple terms and with accessible examples.
We’re presenting these thoughts in ways that will hopefully put you at ease. Much of what you’ll find arises from a Tibetan Buddhist background, but it often diverges from traditional Buddhist thought. You may also find elements of the I Ching, Tarot, Intuitive Process, and other methods that people use to connect with what functions as Truth for them.
Fostering an intimate connection between you and your best guidance is the main purpose of this blog.
I say “we” often on the site, because I don’t feel like I’m writing this material alone. I began writing the words you’ll find here in the spring of 2010, when I learned how to make some very profound psychic connections with my spiritual guides through the use of a pendulum. I don’t consider myself a psychic, but much of the material that comes to me through this method portrays an understanding that “I” was certainly not aware of – consciously – before I began using the method.
My job is to put the material “out there”, and to do it in a way that hopefully empowers and uplifts.
I hope you find some tiny bit of delight, clarity or inspiration in the words “we’re” sharing.
Many blessings to you on your journey of understanding, love, and enlightenment.
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Grasping is not letting go. It’s that simple. It’s holding on tightly to how you think things are, and/or how you want them to be.
It can show itself in things as wide-ranging as racial profiling, conspiracy theories, and seasonal depression. It can cause marriages, and it can ruin marriages. It can raise nations, and bring Them to their knees. It is the most powerful delusion besides anger…
It also causes both anger and fear.
You can tell when you’re grasping: you might get a pit in your stomach, or a leap in your heart, or hear a startling sound or gets depressed when you’re stressed. Pretty scary, eh? People don’t always realize it when they’re grasping.
If you remember nothing else from this section, please remember that all your fears come from self-grasping. Self-grasping is grasping at a loose collection of attributes that you name ‘myself’ or ‘I’.
You are as Empty as your favorite plaid cotton shirt.
Death and Emptiness are both awesome and awful. Death sends you back to start over; Emptiness asks you just to enjoy. Both are nearly impossible for us to do with a happy mind.