His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgön, Chetsang Rinpoche: Nothing could possibly come into relative existence without the ultimate grounding in emptiness.
1 – His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgön, Chetsang Rinpoche: Amitabha Buddha and the Pureland of Dewachen.
This morning His Holiness is going to give teachings concerning Amitabha Buddha, the Buddha of Boundless Light, and His Pureland. In conjunction with the teachings in general, this afternoon, His Holiness will teach how to obtain the transference of consciousness to the Pureland of Amitabha Buddha through this practice. Specifically, He will teach you how to practice the text of which all of you should get a copy. It is the daily sadhana for the practice of Amitabha Buddha. Yesterday, you received that empowerment.
His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgön, Chetsang Rinpoche.
Generally, it can be said that there are many purelands, many paradises of Enlightened Beings we call Buddhas. The Pureland of Great Bliss of the Buddha of Boundless Light, Amitabha, is quite a unique place. There are purelands in the four directions, East, South, West, North, and in the center. Among them, the Pureland of Amitabha is the easiest to get to and therefore quite special. Continue reading
His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgön, Chetsang Rinpoche: As opposed to other purelands, the process of accumulating merit and wisdom is very rapid in Dewachen.
2 – His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgön, Chetsang Rinpoche: Amitabha Buddha and the Pureland of Dewachen.
Now I will give an explanation of prayer aspiring to be reborn in the Land of Dewachen composed by Karma Chagne Rag-Astrs Rinpoche. To begin with, I will start with a description of the topography of the Pureland itself. The earth is not like the earth on our world. It is not, rough, and covered with stones. It is completely smooth and completely even. Continue reading
His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgön, Chetsang Rinpoche: Emptiness and interdependent origination are non-dual.
3 – His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgön, Chetsang Rinpoche: Amitabha Buddha and the Pureland of Dewachen.
Question: “Are there opportunities, once you have obtained birth in the Pureland, to return to this world to help sentient beings attain enlightenment?”
His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgön, Chetsang Rinpoche: “The purpose of attaining rebirth in the Pureland of Great Bliss is to attain Buddhahood. Therefore, the meaning of the Pureland of Great Bliss is that you have attained all the conditions that are auspicious and are militate towards the gaining of complete and perfect enlightenment. When you become completely enlightened, it is not one-sided enlightenment that rests in Nirvana. Continue reading
His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgön, Chetsang Rinpoche: These are some of the relative benefits you acquired.
The Oral Commentaries of His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgön, Chetsang Rinpoche.
Teachings on Vajrakilaya
This afternoon His Holiness is going to bestow the empowerment of Vajrakilaya. For people who are new to the process of empowerment you should know that you will be given a drink of water. You take the water in your cupped hands, with the left hand on top of the right hand. Then sip it and swirl it in your mouth. At the time you drink this water, you should visualize and experience all your obscurations and negativities as purified by this water. Continue reading
His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgön, Chetsang Rinpoche: This is a non-dual practice of sutra and tantra leading to non-dual realization, and non-dual accumulation of wisdom and merit.
The Oral Commentaries of His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgön, Chetsang Rinpoche: On The Short Sadhana of Amitabha Buddha and The Pureland of Dewachen
We begin on page 2 of the text. The first word is ‘Namo’. ‘ Namo’ means “I bow down to, prostrate to, or make obeisance to”. To whom? To the Three Jewels, the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. In addition to, or as another mode of manifestation of the Three Jewels, there is what is called ‘The Three Roots’. They are one’s teachers, the lamas; the chosen deities, the Yidams; and the Dakinis who are the forces of inspiration manifesting as enlightened females. All beings who have attained any stature of enlightenment: Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, any of those in whose mind has arisen enlightenment. In all of them, I go for refuge for the sake of establishing all sentient beings in the state of Buddhahood. In this one stanza of four lines, there are two processes, where both refuge and the generation of bodhicitta are contained. Continue reading
His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgön, Chetsang Rinpoche: The Buddha actually said “I don’t want people developing faith out of respect for me, or because they got a big flash from me. Practice what I teach, and if it works for you, then develop faith in me.”
His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgön, Chetsang Rinpoche: Refuge Vow Ceremony.
Today I am giving refuge. We are engaged in the ceremony of taking refuge. We say that we take refuge, or go for refuge to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Those are the Three Objects of Refuge. Let us examine what these Three Objects of Refuge mean. First of all, in English and in Sanskrit, the name ‘Buddha’ seems to indicate or point to a particular person, but in actuality what is meant by ‘Buddha’ is a state of awakening which is composed of two factors. In Tibetan, the word is ‘Sangye’. The first syllable of the word is ‘Sang’, Sang means to have completely purified the mindstream of all the stains and defilements deriving from ignorance, or unknowing, in other words the primitive beliefs about the nature of reality. It is the elimination all faults, or negativity, from the mindstream. The second syllable is ‘gye’, which means to completely awaken and maximize all positive qualities innate to the mind itself. Continue reading