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If one has bodhicitta ~ Garchen Rinpoche

A person who is only concerned with this lifetime is like someone roaming around aimlessly in a pathless desert not knowing where to go. A person that understands karma, cause and effect, is like someone walking on a road, knowing where to go and knowing where they are, but they still have to walk around mountains and face other difficulties. A person with bodhicitta is like someone going on a train. One goes straight through the mountain and is not obstructed by any obstacles on the way. One also reaches the destination faster. A person with love in their hearts can easily sever the flow of afflictions. If one has bodhicitta, one becomes very powerful in accomplishing great activities that bring benefit to others.

As love will destroy self-grasping, wisdom will naturally dawn and thus one will unmistakenly know what to adopt and what to discard. Going on the train is like cultivating relative bodhicitta. When self-grasping has diminished and one sees the nature of mind, one has realized ultimate bodhicitta, emptiness. This is like going in an airplane. The airplane moves above the clouds, the clouds are like thoughts and the space above is the expanse of dharmakaya. The airplane of clear knowing awareness moves through the dharmakaya space unobstructedly. It sees the entire world and also the clouds below, but as it overrides the clouds it is not bothered by the clouds, the rain, and the storms.

Similarly, when one realizes the nature of mind, one is no longer affected in any way by the clouds of desire and hatred. As the dharmakaya is like space, it is unchanging. Space does not come or go; space always is as it is. Realizing this, there is no fear of death; space does not die nor is it born. The phenomena of samsara and nirvana are like clouds.

~ Garchen Rinpoche

(Posted by gartul_chimidorjee_rinpoche, Instagram, 18 February 2024)

  • February 18, 2024