About Pith Instructions (07 Dec 2012)

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Gyalwai Nyugu’s teaching during morning practice session on 7th December 2012

Good morning everyone! I rejoice in everyone’s morning practice. Before the meditation, everyone should remember to generate Bodhichitta. We are now practicing the Dzogchen (Great Perfection), according to the Longchenpa and Longsa lineages. The Great Perfection teachings originate from Samantabhadra and are a supreme method for attaining enlightenment in this very life time. It is praised for being the summit of all Dharma vehicles or yanas.

The Great Perfection teachings are divided into three categories: mind, space and pith instructions (In Tibetan :Semdé, Longdé, Mengakdé). Among these, the category of pith instructions is regarded as the most advanced. The Dharma that I am presently transmitting is the lineage of Lama Rinpoche, of which pith instructions are very secret, the mind-essence of Guru Padmasambhava. We need to have sufficient insight through listening, contemplation and meditation before we may request these instructions.

A few days ago, a long standing disciple who had not been diligent in his practice contacted me out of the blue asking, “Guru, doomsday is approaching, can you please transmit the pith instructions to me?” I replied, “If you have completed your preliminary practices before doomsday arrives, I will transmit the pith instructions to you.”

The pith instructions have been passed down in an unbroken lineage from Samantabhadra down to His Holiness Lama Achuk Rinpoche, and the content and blessing thereof has never been altered. Therefore the blessing of this lineage is immense, even in this degenerating age.

We need to have sufficient understanding of our Dharma lineage and the hagiographies (biography of a saint) of the lineage masters. In this way we will be able to receive the full blessing of the lineage Gurus and develop our faith in our Dharma practice.

pithinstructions-2Today is Friday, we will make offerings to the Dharma protectors. Why do we make offerings to the Dharma protectors? This is because we endlessly encounter obstacles of various kinds while practicing the Dharma. The outer obstacles manifest in different kinds of disasters. The inner obstacles manifest as different illnesses. The secret obstacles are our multitude of different mental afflictions. Hence, we pray to King Gesar to prevent disasters arising from the elements of earth, water, fire and air; to eliminate the sufferings of sicknesses and to dissolve and subdue the mind’s arrogance and wrong views. So that we can become like King Gesar whose aspirations are vast and who upholds the true Dharma. Finally, visualize King Gesar dissolving into our body and rest (in our true nature) while doing the recitations

Tomorrow during Saturday’s lesson, we will practice a peace prayer, to pray for world peace.

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