WE NEED AN EXCELLENT AIM…

We Need An Excellent Aim…

… if we are to know where we are going with the Dharma; we can then easily recognise whatever is stopping us.

Honestly, it is in the recognition of the mind being either in turmoil or indifference, that the inner teacher is instructing us to return to discipline of the shamata practice of stillness.

Now we can rely on the inner teacher, and be perfectly natural in all situations.

Instructions of Gampopa

These are the ten situations in which whatever is done is excellent:

If an individual whose mind has gone to Dharma abandons
activity, it is excellent. If he or she does not abandon,
then it is also excellent

If an individual who has cut through super-impositions in the
mind meditates, it is excellent. If he or she does not meditate,
it is also excellent.

If an individual who has cut through entanglement in
desirable things acts without passion, it is excellent. If he
or she does not act in that way, it is also excellent.

If an individual who has direct realisation Dharma sleeps in
an empty cave, it is excellent. If he or she leads a large
community, it is also excellent.

If an individual who recognises appearances to be illusory
lives alone in retreat, it is excellent. If he or she wanders
throughout the land, it is also excellent.

If an individual who has attained freedom of mind abandons
desirable things, it is excellent. If he or she partakes of
them, it is also excellent.

If an individual endowed with bodhicitta practises in solitude,
it is excellent. If he or she benefits others in a community,
it is also excellent.

If an individual whose devotion is unfluctuating remains in
the presence of his or her guru, it is excellent. If he or she
does not remain there, it is also excellent.

If, for an individual who has heard much and understood the
meaning of what he or she has heard, siddhis arise, it is
excellent. If obstacles arise, it is also excellent.

If a yogi who has attained realisation possesses
signs of common siddhis, it is excellent. If he or she
does not possess them, it is also excellent.

Those are the ten situations in which whatever is done is excellent.

Translated by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

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One Response to WE NEED AN EXCELLENT AIM…

  1. marcel says:

    “Honestly, it is in the recognition of the mind being either in turmoil or indifference, that the inner teacher is instructing us to return to discipline of the shamata practice of stillness.”

    Abide in peace.., abide in the all there is..; without any inner or outer limits. Bring it on..!

    “pure mind is like the empty sky,
    without memory, supreme meditation;
    it is our own nature, unstirring, uncontrived,
    and wherever that abides is the superior mind,
    one in buddhahood without any sign,
    one in view free of limiting elaboration,
    one in meditation free of limiting ideation,
    one in conduct free of limiting endeavor,
    and one in fruition free of limiting attainment.

    vast..! spacious..!
    released as it stands!
    with neither realization nor non-realization;
    experience consummate! no mind!
    it is open to infinity.”
    ― Longchenpa

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