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Tashi Delek,

 

We seem to discuss a lot about emptiness and bodhicitta, and sometimes this seems discouragingly off reach, so maybe it might not be a bad idea to talk about renunciation a little bit :)

To my mind it seems much more practical, easier to think about and one can even see a result or two :))

So, I post this wonderful excerpt from The Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Lama Je Tsongkhapa, and maybe start a discussion.

 

 

"... Without pure renunciation, there are no means to pacify

The aspiration for pleasant results in the ocean of existence.

Therefore, at the beginning, seek renunciation.

 

Counteract clinging to this life by familiarizing your mind

With the difficulty of finding the freedoms and endowments

And with the fleeting nature of this life.

Counteract clinging to future lives by repeatedly contemplating

The infallibility of action and result

And the sufferings of cyclic existence.

 

By familiarizing yourself in this way,

When you do not desire the perfections of samsara for even an instant

And continually aspire for liberation, day and night,

At that time, you have developed renunciation.

However, renunciation without pure bodhicitta

Cannot result in the perfect happiness

Of unsurpassed enlightenment..."

 

http://www.lamayeshe.com/otherteachers/kha...a/ltk_3pp.shtml

 

Best regards,

Khyenrab

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Guest Ani.Chödrön

Tashi Delek,

 

excellent topic! I’ve been just thinking about it these days. It’s one of the three pillars of Buddhism and the ground for the higher achievements. Without proper foundations one cannot build high buildings. So it's truly essencial and I warmly welcome it. :D

 

I believe that contemplations about impermanence and death can help a lot to renounce the 8 worldly dharmas. But both, impermanence and renunciation, seem to be diametrically opposite to the values of an average western person. :censored:

 

This might sound radical for some and inspiring for others: „The Kadampa geshes used to remember impermanence all the time. They felt that if they didn’t bring it to mind in the morning they were in danger of wasting the entire afternoon seeking the comfort of the temporal life. By constantly keeping impermanence in mind, they were able to prevent from arising the meaningless thought seeking only the comfort of this life.” (Khunu Lama Rinpoche)

 

http://www.lamayeshe.com/otherteachers/khu...oundation.shtml

 

 

Best regards,

chödrön

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As great master Milarepa said:

 

No way my loved ones know I'm glad,

No way my enemies know I'm sad;

If I can die here in this cave

My hermit's wishes have come true.

 

No way my friends know I've got old,

No way my sister knows I'm sick;

If I can die here in this cave

My hermit's wishes have come true.

 

No way that people know I've died,

No rotting corpse that vultures spy;

If I can die here in this cave

My hermit's wishes have come true.

 

Flies will suck my meat and bones,

Maggots eat tendons, ligament;

If I can die here in this cave

My hermit's wishes have come true.

 

No footprints leading from my door,

No bloodstains left here on the floor;

If I can die here in this cave

My hermit's wishes have come true.

 

No one to hold a deathbed vigil,

No one to weep when I am gone;

If I can die here in this cave

My hermit's wishes have come true.

 

No one to wonder where I went

No one who knows where I am found;

If I can die here in this cave

My hermit's wishes have come true.

 

May this death prayer of a beggar

In the wild of a mountain cave

Come to help all living beings;

Then my wishes have come true.

 

:D best wishes,

 

micu

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