“Many unskilled practitioners think they can jump into higher practices and engage in Yidam and Mahamudra practices without having perfected the preliminaries, but this will be very detrimental to achieving fruition. Should one meditate on the nature of one’s mind without having perfected the preliminaries, all efforts are in vain. One needs sincere faith, confidence, and certainty of karma, and one needs perfect renunciation in order to meditate Mahamudra correctly. Of course, one can receive many teachings on Mahamudra, but it would only be like changing old clothes as long as one has failed to prepare the ground properly. It’s necessary to actually integrate all teachings in one’s life and to know that they are only presented in order to help one transform one’s delusive apprehensions into peace and supreme insight. This can only happen if one relies on and is dedicated to one’s Root Lama, if one has unwavering love and compassion, if one has ethics and engages in virtuous activities, and if one practices the methods correctly. Methods are only effective if long-standing habitual patterns have been overcome and if merit has been accumulated. And so, the preliminaries are indispensable for advanced practices.”
Archive for April, 2011
“We want to produce Buddhism, not consume it“. This is how Lama Ole Nydahl started a very inspiring talk given in San Francisco in 1995. We all have and enjoy this wonderful possibility to produce Buddhism in every day life in our groups and centres all over the UK. This year however, such a precious opportunity for the UK sangha also appeared in a distant corner of Southern Europe. For the whole month we had the honour to be responsible for running one of our Diamond Way Buddhist retreat centres. In March 2011 the UK sangha became the host of Karma Berchen Ling centre in Greece.
This short Buddhist meditation, guided by contemporary master Lama Ole Nydahl, is a perfect introduction for beginners to Buddhist practice. Guided meditation is used by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, to learn a particular meditation method, and to meditate along with realised masters.
This video provides an easy access to meditation and shows that it is not something mystical or inaccessible:
Lama Ole Nydahl is a highly respected teacher of Buddhist meditation. He gives an empowering approach to daily life focusing on what we truly are: human beings full of potential and living manifestations of love. This direct and practical meditation helps you realise your true potential and make the most of every day. By meditating on the Buddha, who embodies our own inherent qualities of unlimited clarity, compassion, fearlessness and joy, we can develop these qualities in ourselves, manifesting them skilfully in our own lives. Although simple and short, this guided meditation on the Buddha, if practised regularly, has the potential to change our habits and our perceptions.
Our Edinburgh Buddhist group recently had the opportunity to host a great teacher of Diamond Way Buddism, Tomek Lehnert. Tomek was the right hand of Lama Ole Nydahl for 20 years while traveling with him around the world. He has been involved in setting up Karma Kagyu Buddhist centres in the Americas, Australia and New Zealand, and Russia as well as Western and Eastern Europe. He’s also the author of the book about the Karmapa issue, Rogues In Robes.
Existence and non-existence are extremes,
Purity and impurity are extremes as well,
Thus, having relinquished both extremes,
The wise do not dwell even in the middle.
- Buddha Shakyamuni, King of Samādhi Sūtra
“Many people turn towards those practices reputed to bring quick results, even immediate enlightenment. Perhaps this is courageousness, perhaps merely pride. Perhaps the assumption is that if they can say they are doing an advanced practice, this makes them an advanced person.”
From “A Change of Expression” (Editions Dzambhala, 1991)