The Dharma Is Not So Exotic

Do you want the complete Dharma?
Reflect on the six perfections!

Do you want to know about reincarnation?
Reflect on unchanging awareness!

Do you want to see the compassion in action?
Forget yourself!

The Dharma is not as exotic as we might believe.

For example, “tigle/bindu” (in Tibetan/Sanskrit) is inner energy that moves through the channels and chakras via the winds. “Wow! That’s so esoteric!” Tigle/bindu is neurotransmitters: don’t be phased by terminology.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche: “The six perfections contain the essence of the entire teaching”.

15th Karmapa, Khakyab Dordje (1871 – 1922 )
The Six Perfections:
Generosity: Sharing spontaneous richness
Conscious Living: A life that is aware, meaningful and useful to others
Patience: Avoiding anger so future happiness is not lost
Diligence: Maintaining joyful energy to fuel further growth
Meditation: The tool for maintaining joy and awareness
Wisdom: Subject, object and action are all part of the same totality, so doing good is natural

Tsoknyi Rinpoche III:
“The channels are the means through which what we might call “the spark of life” moves. In Tibetan, these sparks are called tigle, which may be translated as drops, or droplets – an interpretation we are given so that we can form some kind of mental image of what passes through the channels.

“Nowadays, of course, we can begin to imagine these drops as neurotransmitters, the body’s “chemical messengers” that affect our physical, mental and emotional states. Some of these neurotransmitters are fairly well known, for example serotonin which is influential in depression, dopamine, a chemical associated with the anticipation of pleasure, and adrenaline, a chemical often produced in response to stress, anxiety and fear. Neurotransmitters are extremely small molecules and while their effects on our mental and physical state can be quite noticeable, their passage through various organs of the body could still be called ‘subtle’.”

The Dharma is not as exotic as we might believe.
Modern teachers may appear charismatic and unconventional,
but they are merely repeating the Dharma:
there is nothing new.

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