Last night, 8th February 2011, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche continued his time in Thailand with a talk on the Foolishness of Samsara. Looking a little tired after a Dhamma talk in the afternoon also Rinpoche nonetheless managed to inspire, amuse and encourage people in Dhamma.
The gist of the talk was how foolish negative emotions can be. ‘Samsara’ he said, is not a place but a state of mind. When you act from the Samsara mind, you are being foolish.
On the other hand, what is Dhamma? Is it circumambulating the temple? Is it reading scripture, is it meditating? When you work on your negative emotions you come to understand the Samsara mind, and this is real dhamma practise. He says that many times people go to him asking for mantras to recite, bowing or visualisation practises to be given them … but really those people just need to work on their own negative emotions.
This is quite refreshing for Tibetan Buddhism which seems so enmeshed in esoteric ‘secret’ teachings, empowerments, mantras etc… Rinpoche has a beautiful way of making things seem obvious and direct. Asked last week about the empowerments in Tibetan Buddhism, he replied they are simply a teaching…
Talking about gratitude to parents, he acknowledged that this is a tricky topic with Westerners. They have too many expectations of their parents, which then makes it hard to give appreciation or gratitude.
Here below, as promised is a short classic video by Shel Silverstein, narrated by himself, on the topic of parenting:
Another topic mentioned by Rinpoche several times was Klesha – which in the Pali is Kilesa, translated as ‘Defilements’ (‘gilet’ in Thai). There are 10 in number
- Lobha – greed
- Dosa – anger
- Moha – delusion (not the same as avicca – ignorance)
- Mana – conceit
- Ditthi – wrong view
- Vicikiccha – doubting
- Thina – sloth
- Uddhacca – restlessness
- Ahirika – shamelessness
- Anottappa – lack of moral conscience
He also mentioned a sutta in the Mahayana …. an equivalent (almost) teaching in the Pali Theravada is
Greed – slow to arise, slow to dissipate, not too blameworthy
Hate – quick to arise, quick to dissipate, very blameworthy
Delusion – quick to arise, slow to dissipate and very blameworthy
Rinpoche will continue with teachings this week and next – his vigour is much appreciated by us all.