10 October 2020

Sutra, Tantra and Practice in Everyday Life - Ngakma Nor’dzin & Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin

In this video from February 2010, Ngakma Nor’dzin explains the perspectives of Sutra and Tantra and how the Ngak’phang style of practice is ideal for people who want to live ordinary lives.


Ngakma Nor’dzin: The Sutrayana path is the path of renunciation and the ultimate expression of this is monasticism – where you give up your engagement with the ordinary aspects of life. You remove yourself from that and go and live somewhere like a monastery. You remove yourself from desiring things, because you own nothing, you have no money, everything that you need is very basic and provided for you – so you are removing yourself from the objects of desire. Then desire doesn’t arise, and one discovers emptiness. This is the principle of the Sutrayana path.

Now from the perspective of ordinary people who are continually surrounded by objects of desire, this can be quite a difficult path in which to engage in any meaningful way. There can be the danger of trying to be so mindful about desire that one actually becomes somewhat flat in one’s experience of engagement with the world. Because you’re trying not to allow the experience of desire to arise, you become very mindful in a sense of you’re continually watching yourself, you’re continually keeping your energies under control, keeping your emotional states under control.

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