Saturday, January 30, 2021

The Dharma is always available - 067


The Dharma is always available

The Dharma is self-arisen unalterable eternal.
It is Reality as it is, our true nature, the ultimate teacher.
It is always available -- with/without a Buddha or guru present around.


I am not your guru | Krishnamurti & Eric Robson

(i.e. Not everybody wants a 'guru' to teach them his/her version of the Dharma, using his/her prefered method as if it was the only one. They prefer to be free, to think by themselves, to directly experience by themselves, using whatever approach they see fit for themselves at this point & time. You cannot realise freedom by assuming that non-freedom is the path._ 


Reality is your teacher ~ 17th Karmapa 

No one owns a copyright on the Buddha’s teachings. They belong to the world, and in that sense they are not something I can offer to you. The teachings and teachers are ubiquitous. 


Everything that appears can become your teacher. 

The four seasons can teach you. 

Anything can be a teacher of Buddhist teachings. 


– 17th Karmapa

from the book "The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out" 


The union of appearances and emptiness ~ Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche 

Ultimate reality cannot be apprehended by concepts. We can, however, in an experiential way that transcends the ordinary conceptual mind, achieve a genuine understanding of reality as being the union of appearances and emptiness. (i.e. Union of the Two Truths about all dharmas)

-- Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

from the book The Great Medicine That Conquers Clinging to the Notion of Reality: Steps in Meditation on the Enlightened Mind 


Seeing the real, you are free ~ Nagarjuna

Seeing what is not real, you are bound;

Seeing the real, you are free.

– Nagarjuna

quoted in the book "The Great Treatise On The Stages Of The Path To Enlightenment Vol 3" 


Finding your teacher ~ Shunryu Suzuki

Wherever you go you will find your teacher,

as long as you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.

– Shunryu Suzuki 


Buddhism is all about truth. Samsara means not knowing the truth and enlightenment means knowing the truth. So, nothing is more important than truth in buddhism.

-- Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche


Truth is perfect and complete in itself. It is not something newly discovered; it has always existed. Truth is not far away; it is ever present. It is not something to be attained since not one of your steps leads away from it.

-- Dogen Zenji

from the book "Buddhism and Zen"


Our own direct experience of reality ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

When our beliefs are based on our own direct experience of reality and not on notions offered by others, no one can remove these beliefs from us.

-- Thich Nhat Hanh 


Using whatever occurs as the path ~ Jigme Lingpa

If the meditator is able to use whatever occurs in his life as the path, his body becomes a retreat hut.

-- Jigme Lingpa

quoted in the book Mudra: Early Songs and Poems 


Individual path ~ Lama Yeshe

One of the hallmarks of buddhism is that you can’t say that everybody should do this, everybody should be like that; it depends on the individual.

-- Lama Yeshe

from the book Becoming Your Own Therapist: An Introduction to the Buddhist Way of Thought 


The supreme path for that person ~ Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

All the various types of teachings and spiritual paths are related to the different capacities of understanding that different individuals have. There does not exist, from an absolute point of view, any teaching which is more perfect or effective than another. A teaching’s value lies solely in the inner awakening which an individual can arrive at through it. If a person benefits from a given teaching, for that person that teaching is the supreme path, because it is suited to his or her nature and capacities. There’s no sense in trying to judge it as more or less elevated in relation to other paths to realization.

-- Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

from the book Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State 


Ultimately we must abandon the path ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

๐— ๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป to the buddhist path (and to my guru / lama); others may choose doubting the buddhist path (any path and/or any guru). But as Dharmakirti said, ultimately we must abandon the path. So I hope in the end we will meet where we have nothing to fight over.

-- Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche 


Taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha is taking refuge in our own true nature, in the true nature of Reality as it is here & now, in the Ground, in the Union of the three kayas. Because everything is an inseparable manifestation of the Buddha-nature / Ground, part of the universal compassionate Sangha trying to help us to realise the Dharma. Because we can learn from anything if we are simply present here & now.


Do not look for the buddha other than your nature.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche