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Lhabab Düchen

“The mind is everything. What you think you become” – Gautama Buddha

Lhabab Düchen celebrates the ‘ Descent of Buddha from the god realms’ — it is one of the four major Buddhist holidays. It occurs on the 22nd day of the ninth Tibetan month. Buddha’s mother Mayadevi was reborn in Indra’s heaven. To repay her kindness and to liberate her, and also to benefit the gods, Buddha spent three months teaching in the realm of the gods.

These auspicious occasions (düchen) inspire us to practice and engage in various virtuous activities. For instance making offerings, reciting mantras, prayers, and lighting butter lamps and benefiting others.

It is said the merit generated is multiplied by many times.

Two conditions

Practicing the great perfection requires two invaluable conditions: the first is renunciation; the second is Bodhicitta.

~ GN

The next life

Our attachment to this world as reality is far too strong where we even have no idea on the fundamental question relating to reincarnation, birth and death. Although many people speak about the next life, however in their mind, they do not believe in it. This results in particular, suffering for sentient beings.

~ GN

Relying on faith

If you want to attain Buddhahood in one life practicing Great Perfection, faith is the one thing you have to rely on. The greater your faith the greater the blessings you receive. Your (enlightened) Guru and the Dharma are inseparable, when the Dharma is integrated in your mind stream then the entire blessing of your Guru has been absorbed into your mind. In which case, perfecting the Dharma is being inseparable from the Guru.

~ GN

Our worries and obsessions

We have spent all our time in our lives on trivial worldly matters, worrying and obsessing too much. It is impossible for us to possess everything. Similarly, by letting go, it is impossible to lose everything! Therefore, seize the opportunity to practice toward liberation and realizing Buddhahood.

~ GN

Relying on your guru

In practice relying on your guru is essential. Today, running off to the east, and tomorrow to the west, reading books, reading WeChat articles, and relying on these alone, one can’t cultivate or learn anything. The messages we send on social media platforms are to establish positive causes with people who do not understand the Dharma, to enable them find the right path, and give them a chance to learn. They are not aimed at practitioners. Sometimes you see some messages (and think), “Oh, this is so good.” You may understand some of the messages, but you can’t use them for practice. To achieve success in practice, one must seek the Dharma from a master and practice according to the step by step guidance received and then it is practicing according to the Dharma.

~GN

We are travellers

Be grateful each morning when you wake up as it is another beautiful and meaningful day. We are travellers (in this journey called life), and are full of dust while on the road. Do not wait until it is lost to realize that simple and health is a kind of treasure. Do not wait until you need to leave (this world) to appreciate that what you have is precious.

~ GN

Electricity through a wire

True nature of mind (Rigpa) and manifestations (appearances) are like electricity in a lamp. There is Rigpa within our lives, it exists although we cannot see it. For example, you cannot see when the electricity travels through a wire, but it does exist. You just need to turn on the switch and the lamp lights up. Through the pith instructions and guidance of the Guru, we settle in the natural relaxed state of Rigpa. The same applies to Rigpa and manifestations, they are inherently one, do not comprehend them as being two separate things.

~ GN

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