Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Some views on Mind Development – Sentient Mindset

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  • Mind Development – Sentient Mindset

  • ASSIGNMENT 13 April 2015

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From Lotus GY
I'd like to give my opinion on this case.

First of all, from reading the article, it could be said that this person suffers:
1. Being fixated on what is Good and what is Bad according to his own standard, therefore pushing his own views to others.
2. Wants to climb the stage of cultivation as fast as possible.
3. Loves to chase the so-called people with Titles.
4. Believes in others who have "powers" and has the tendency to take the opportunity of others whom he perceives as having "powers".
5. Loves to have "powers" and get blessings.
6. Has a strong ego that he disappeared and locked his facebook account after his opinions were published in the blog.

These are some notable quotes from Bodhidharma:
"People who seek blessings by concentrating on external works instead of internal cultivation are attempting the impossible."

"As long as you’re troubled by the three poisons or by thoughts of yourself, your deluded mind will keep you from seeing the Buddha and you’ll only waste your effort."

"Those who blindly observe the five precepts and foolishly indulge in love and hate are born as men in the realm of anger."

"You should realize that the practice you cultivate doesn’t exist apart from your mind...
Thus by overcoming the three poisoned states of mind the three sets of precepts are automatically fulfilled."

I think your comments in the related article have accommodate the things for him to save himself.
The main problem of this person is that he's so "full of himself". Anything he does is to get the best out of himself and to gain the so called transcendental powers.
This may lead to another problem if he doesn't know what to do with what he is pursuing.
Pronouncing "good" or "bad" standards at others means that he makes conclusion, instead of learning possibilities from other angles.

He should sit down, calm himself, and ask honestly:
If I have the blessings then what will I do with the blessings?
If I get the powers that I wish for, what will I do with the powers?
Will I get (real) powers by following the persons whom I believe to have those powers?
Do I really understand the meaning of bodhicitta and true compassion for others? Or do I just want to have powers so others would look high on me?

I think he knows that he's doing something unwholesome that he immediately disappeared and locked his facebook account. Afraid of being embarrassed of his own opinion. If he thinks that his opinion is honest and he can defend his views, there's no need to run away. Forcing precepts and standards to others is not the right thing to do, because overcoming the poisons and observing the precepts are really for the self, by the self, and not to be forced upon others.

One thing is that he has to know whether he is ready to "receive" such blessings.
What will I do when I really get such blessings? Will my ego overrule me after getting such blessings?
Do I know the meaning of giving help in time for those who need help and have affinity?
These are the things that he needs to ponder. This, I remember, because you've told me not to be emotional when trying to help others. Procuring helps should not be done indiscriminately.

Also needs to understand some more the advice from Guru Rinpoche.
To honour the Guru, treasure the dharma and cultivate diligently; in my own view is that we believe the teachings and instructions from the Guru, treasuring the dharma by cultivating the dharma being transmitted from the Guru. This is to be actualised by our own effort, and not by going around to ask for external blessings.
What the majority/trend is doing is not always the parameter of success.

If others can do it, oneself will also be able to do it, as long as one knows the keys. You've said it before, and now it makes sense, as long as one knows the "keys".
Progress in the ladder will be natural when one knows how to cultivate correctly and sharings with bodhicitta.

Finally, these are several slogans from Lojong that may be useful to him:

Slogan 1. First, train in the preliminaries; The four reminders or alternatively called the Four Thoughts:

1. Maintain an awareness of the preciousness of human life.
2. Be aware of the reality that life ends; death comes for everyone; Impermanence.
3. Recall that whatever you do, whether virtuous or not, has a result; Karma.
4. Contemplate that as long as you are too focused on self-importance and too caught up in thinking about how you are good or bad, you will experience suffering. Obsessing about getting what you want and avoiding what you don't want does not result in happiness; Ego.

Slogan 2. Regard all dharmas as dreams; although experiences may seem solid, they are passing memories.

Slogan 4. Self-liberate even the antidote.

Slogan 19. All dharma agrees at one point -- All Buddhist teachings are about lessening the ego, lessening one's self-absorption.

Slogan 20. Of the two witnesses, hold the principal one -- You know yourself better than anyone else knows you.

Slogan 28. Abandon any hope of fruition -- Don't get caught up in how you will be in the future, stay in the present moment.

Slogan 37. Don't turn gods into demons -- Don't use these slogans or your spirituality to increase your self-absorption.

Slogan 50. Don't be swayed by external circumstances.

Slogan 55. Liberate yourself by examining and analyzing: Know your own mind with honesty and fearlessness.

Dear all
Remember that when you give comments, you need to use all concepts from Buddha Dharma or Philosophy.

Do not leave out any important keys too! 


Lotus GY has done a good analysis and shared some tips from Lojong!

Cheers all

Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef

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