18 August 2022

Tonglen II - Relieving pain - Battlecry of Freedom

 

 

There are two approaches to practising tonglen to relieve actual present pain. The first is focussing on the pain being experienced, and dissolving it on the in-breath, and sending soothing energy to the point of pain on the out-breath.

The second approach is to imagine that the pain being experienced is the pain that anyone anywhere is experiencing in that moment. Through practising tonglen with this view, it can alleviate the personal pain, but also embrace the expansive view of helping others.

Battlecry of Freedom by Ngakma Nor’dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2019, ISBN 978-1-898185-46-8, Part II - the slogans, p. 74


 

11 August 2022

Devotion to the outer Lama enables the student to be empty in relation to the Lama. - Illusory Advice

 

Devotion to the outer Lama enables the student to be empty in relation to the Lama. This allows the Lama to conjure with the form of the student’s neuroses to mirror them, so that they become transparent for the student.


An example of this would be when Ngak’chang Rinpoche made a suggestion to Ngakma Nor’dzin with regard to a building that had been vandalised. He suggested that the stone throwers were skilful in succeeding in breaking the highest windows in the derelict building. This comment completely cut through the prejudiced view she was presenting of their vandalism.


It was not that Rinpoche was condoning the vandalism, but just offering an alternative perspective. Ngakma Nor’dzin found that this opened her view so that she was then dancing with the ambiguity of whether this was a bad action or a skilful action.

page 62, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor’dzin & Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin, Aro Books Worldwide, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-898185-37-6



 

28 July 2022

As warriors we have to live with honour, boldness, and integrity - Spacious Passion

 

Taking refuge in Dharma is placing our confidence in practice as a place of safety. This is redefining ‘safety’ as the challenge of practice. Once we become practitioners it is guaranteed that at some point practice will become inconvenient. We will wish to take the easy but less honest option; to make the half-hearted response; to indulge in believing that we have no responsibility for the situation in which we find ourselves. But as practitioners, these are no longer available options.

As warriors we have to live with honour, boldness, and integrity. We cannot allow ourselves to slip into good-enough mediocrity. Our security in terms of realisation is absolutely guaranteed if we remain in the domain of practice. But the path of warriorship may be the harder and less comfortable choice. It may be the path that leads us into exposure and danger. The security of practice may be the least secure path in terms of referential personal safety and referential self-protection.

Spacious Passion, Ngakma Nor’dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2006, ISBN 978-0-9653948-0, chapter 9 Irrational Reason, page 215 and 216


 

21 July 2022

Tonglen I - Secure your own mask - Battlecry of Freedom

 

A common phrase in Buddhism is that practice is engaged for the benefit of all sentient beings. Practitioners must remember that they themselves are included in all sentient beings. 


Tonglen is not a sacrificial practice. Wanting to free others of pain and be of benefit to them, does not require ignoring personal needs.
Practitioners take care of themselves, recognising that their health and welfare makes them more useful to others.

An everyday example of the wisdom of this approach is mentioned before flying in every aircraft safety presentation: secure your own mask before helping others.

Battlecry of Freedom by Ngakma Nor’dzin, Aro Books worldwide, 2019, ISBN 978-1-898185-46-8, Part II - the slogans, p. 73


 

14 July 2022

As practitioners we believe that we can change and that Dharma offers opportunities for change and liberation - Illusory Advice

 

Apprentice: I am very confused about myself. I seem to keep upsetting people and causing them pain. People seem to misunderstand me all the time.


Teachers: The way to let go of confusion is to practise. If you really practise then you will become a less complicated and more transparent person who is less likely to upset and hurt others.


When you look at other people, you may see that they are less greedy than you or have more generosity; less angry than you or have more clarity; that they are less compulsive than you or have more warmth and compassion; that they are less paranoid than you or have more active accomplishment; that they are less depressed than you or have more awareness. If you see this, then you can either believe that you are permanently trapped in your current state of mind, or that you can change.

 As practitioners we believe that we can change and that Dharma offers opportunities for change and liberation – so we practise.

 

page 58, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor’dzin & Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin, Aro Books Worldwide, ISBN: 978-1-898185-37-6



07 July 2022

Mahasiddha Lu’ipa


Ngakma Nor’dzin and Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin tell the stories of the Mahasiddha Lu’ipa, during ‘Monday Meditations’ at Aro Ling Cardiff, July 4th 2022.
Monday Meditations: 7 - 8:30 pm (UK time); https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85249620913, Passcode: 640389.
Do join us for silent sitting and yogic song, with a short teaching in the middle. Everyone is welcome.
To see all videos with Ngakma Nor’dzin and Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin, go to: https://www.youtube.com/c/AroLingCardiff.

02 July 2022

Mahasiddhas Subhadra and Kankaripa


Ngakma Nor’dzin and Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin tell the stories of the Mahasiddhas Subhadra and Kankaripa, during ‘Monday Meditations’ at Aro Ling Cardiff, June 27th 2022.

Monday Meditations: 7 - 8:30 pm (UK time); https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85249620913, Passcode: 640389.
Do join us for silent sitting and yogic song, with a short teaching in the middle. Everyone is welcome.
To see all videos with Ngakma Nor’dzin and Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin, go to: https://www.youtube.com/c/AroLingCardiff.