Monday, October 18, 2010

Avalokiteshvara (Compassion & Purification Practice; A Short Chenrezig Meditation)

This is the twelth entry from my fieldwork diary. The original date is 25.08.2010.


Drupon Sangyas returned from his holiday to continue teaching at the Estonian center again. It was great to have him back.

SANGYE - means 'Buddha' in the Tibetan language.


"Avalokiteshvara is the most compassionate deity.

We need to realize that we are our own buddha. We need to improve our wisdom and our minds. What is reality? We're in the dark but when our minds become free of ignorance we have a better understanding of everything.

Texts are more important than the statue of Buddha. Dharma is the light, the support and the guide. It's like having a torch in the dark - you can see everything clearly.
So we need the dharma (a good teaching) to wake up and Tibetan Buddhism is one of the deepest philosophies. It is very popular in the world and many people find that Buddhism has the answers to their questions.

All sentient beings have been our kind mother in one life or another. So we should not think that these are Estonians and they are Tibetans. We should just think that they are all sentient beings. There is no need to separate ourselves that way because we all have Buddha-nature.

We must help ourselves and we should pray, purify our karma and our sins. Yogis became enlightened because of the dharma. So we should practice every week at least once or twice. We are all looking for happiness but we don't realize what true happiness is.

Day by day we get closer to our own death. We are not approaching youth, we are moving away from it and have been since birth. Life is impermanent. You need to understand there is nothing, everything is empty.

Then you ask yourself, "Do I exist?"
Where is Nirvana? Where is Samsara? Where is consciousness?
Where is my mind? Is it in the brain or the heart? Where does it live? Who was the 'designer' of the mind?

Great yogis are able to know what other people are thinking.

Basic meditation consists of purifying everything, developing loving kindness and compassion. The dharma teaches us how to live peacefully.
The Dalai Lama once said that you become different during practice and you stop having samsaric thoughts.

We need to get back here to the present. If we lose control we are in Samsara again."


*Important side note: These diary entries do not reflect every word the teacher said, and there may be some mistakes or misunderstandings, for which I am sorry and accept responsibility. In a few instances, I have interjected my own interpretation or explanation.

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