RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- The Level of Great Capacity
Atisha continues his discussion on the three capacities by turning his
to spiritual trainees at the highest level.
Those who, through their personal suffering,
Truly want to end completely
All the suffering of others
Are persons of supreme capacity.
[-- Atisha's "Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment"]
Practitioners at this level use their deep understanding of the nature of
suffering, derived from reflection on their personal experience, to
recognize the fundamental equality of oneself and others insofar as the
desire to overcome suffering is concerned. This then leads to the arising of
a spontaneous wish to free all sentient beings from their suffering, a wish
which becomes the powerful impetus for engaging in spiritual practices aimed
at bringing about this altruistic objective.
The most important practice in relation to this altruistic goal is the
generation of bodhicitta, the altruistic aspiration to attain buddhahood for
the benefit of all beings.
-- by His Holiness the Dalai Lama from "Lighting the Way," published by Snow
In my tradition we revere the masters for being even kinder than the buddhas
themselves. Although the compassion and power of the buddhas are always
present, our obscurations prevent us from meeting the buddhas face to face.
But we can meet the masters; they are here, living, breathing, speaking, and
acting before us to show us, in all the ways possible, the path of the
buddhas: the way to liberation.
For me, my masters have been the embodiment of living truth, undeniable
signs that enlightenment is possible in a body, in this life, in this world,
even here and even now, the supreme inspirations in my practice, in my work,
in my life, and in my journey toward liberation. My masters are for me the
embodiments of my sacred commitment to keep enlightenment foremost in my
mind until I actually achieve it. I know enough to know that only when I
reach enlightenment will I have a complete understanding of who they really
are and of their infinite generosity, love, and wisdom.
If this elephant of mind is bound on all sides by the cord of mindfulness,
All fear disappears and complete happiness comes.
All enemies: all the tigers, lions, elephants, bears, serpents (of our emotions);
And all the keepers of hell; the demons and the horrors,
All of these are bound by the mastery of your mind,
And by the taming of that one mind, all are subdued,
Because from the mind are derived all fears and immeasurable sorrows.