Lama Zopa Rinpoche continues his video teachings from Kopan Monastery in Nepal during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche begins this teaching discussing the meaning of lojong (thought transformation). Transforming suffering into happiness doesn’t mean you use it to stop some kind of temporary pain, or to receive temporary day-to-day pleasure in life. It means that you utilize the suffering of life on the path to enlightenment in order to achieve enlightenment for all sentient beings, to free them from oceans of samsaric suffering and bring them to enlightenment. When we use lojong in that way, its transformative potential becomes huge, “bigger than the sky.”
The more you know, the more you can understand your own suffering and other sentient beings’ suffering. Then, you can develop more compassion for others, and as you develop more compassion for others, you can achieve enlightenment more quickly.
Rinpoche discusses the text the Ten Innermost Jewels of the Kadampas. Keeping in mind and understanding the Kadampas’ ten innermost jewels destroys our hallucination about the world. The clinging of attachment, which is unbelievably strong, gets destroyed and becomes non-existent, Rinpoche explains, when you keep this text in mind.
From the Ten Innermost Jewels of the Kadampas:
The Four Entrustments (or Reliances)
I must entrust the depths of my attitude to the Dharma.
I must entrust the depths of the Dharma to the beggar.
I must entrust the depths of the beggar to death.
I must entrust the depths of death to the cave.
The Three Vajras
I must proceed well with the uncaptured vajra.
I must leave behind the shameless vajra.
I must be accompanied by the transcendent wisdom vajra.
The Three Practices of Expulsion, Reaching, and Striving
I must practice being expelled from the rank of humans,
reaching for the rank of dogs,
And striving for the rank of devas.
Rinpoche continues the teaching explaining how desire doesn’t bring happiness. If you think all the time that you want to be happy, that you want to be comfortable, then you don’t get happiness. However, when you think that you don’t need anything, your mind becomes free and peaceful. When you avert thoughts of desire, happiness starts.
The most important education one can receive is how to have a good heart. So that from a young age, not only your words, but your actions, are virtuous. When you die, Rinpoche says, you will have no worry because you lived life with a good heart, serving others. Because of the good heart, the next life will be successful, and you will have everything you need. By serving others, your wishes will be fulfilled.
We invite you to go deeper into the topics presented here, plus many others, by watching Rinpoche’s video and reading the full transcript of Rinpoche’s teaching.
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.
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However the very bottom line is to do all ones actions with bodhichitta. That is the best, the most meaningful way to think during your break time. This makes your life most beneficial. As much as possible with awareness keep ones attitude and thoughts in bodhichitta, the thought of benefiting others, try to do all the activities with that mind, including doing your job and throughout the day. This way even in your break time whatever you do becomes the cause of happiness.