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By Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang, Padmakara Translation Group

This advisor offers readers with crucial heritage details for learning and training with Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My excellent instructor— the textual content that has, for greater than a century, served because the trustworthy sourcebook to the religious practices universal to all of the significant colleges of Tibetan Buddhism. by means of supplying chapter-by-chapter statement in this popular paintings, Khenpo Pelzang presents a clean point of view at the function of the trainer; the levels of the trail; the view of the 3 Jewels; Madhyamika, the root of transcendent knowledge; and masses extra.

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1. Attitude The Tibetan word for "attitude"-literally, "causing to arise from all"--can be explained as follows. "All" is a word denoting multiplicity, so "attitude" means that of the many thoughts that one has, one may give rise to a particular thought. There are three types of attitudes: negative, neutral, and positive. (A) NEGATIVE ATTITUDES There are two sorts of negative attitudes: seeking protection from fear and wishing to better one's lot. (1) The Attitude of Seeking Protection from Fear If you practice the Dharma in order to be protected from the fear of being prey in this life to disease, negative spirits, being punished by the law, famine, and so forth, whether you follow the most basic practices of the Shravakas' Vehicle or the most advanced practices of the Radiant Great Perfection, you may well be protected from these fears, but apart from this there will be no beneficial result whatsoever.

The antidote is to have a deep conviction that neither the teaching nor the teacher will ever let you down. As for lack of effort, whether or not you have received Dharma teachings, if you are not interested in the Dharma, you will be no more motivated than a horse offered a bone or a dog presented with some grass. You should remedy this by thinking how difficult it is to come across the Dharma and how hard it is to find a spiritual friend, and by developing an insatiable interest in each and every word of Dharma and its meaning.

You should remedy this by thinking how difficult it is to come across the Dharma and how hard it is to find a spiritual friend, and by developing an insatiable interest in each and every word of Dharma and its meaning. Outward distraction can give rise to negative emotions such as lust and should therefore be remedied by concentrating your thoughts. On the other hand, concentrating too intently can make you dull and sleepy, so learn to listen properly relaxed. With regard to getting discouraged when listening to the teachings, if you feel hungry and thirsty during a teaching that goes on too long, or have to put up with discomfort from sun and rain and so forth, there is a risk that you THE FREEDOMS AND ADVANTAGES 37 will want to leave the Dharma and the teacher.

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