宗薩欽哲仁波切開示選譯 Selected Teachings from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
"Three year retreat should be taken as an ignition of your spiritual life."
- Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
According to Khyentse Rinpoche, "If you are trying to save money to do the three year retreat, I'm sure there is a lot of merit in every job, every hour, and all the blood and sweat that you put in. I guarantee it. Approaching it in this way is going to be your external ngöndro. . . Even if there is someone who would support you, it is actually quite good if you save the money yourself, since it is for the purpose of doing retreat."
"The essence of retreat is setting up a boundary - and we are not actually talking about a physical boundary, but we are talking about a boundary of time, setting up a boundary between past and future, which ideally means we remain in presentness.
"To remain in the present is what Buddhists call mindfulness, becoming more aware of yourself in your surroundings."
當鐵鳥升空 When the Iron Bird Flies
Q: What I think we want you to talk about a little bit was what is so revolutionary about the Buddha and what he discovered.
What Buddha taught
What he aimed at
What he really meant
What he was aiming for
It has to go against our ego.
It has to really upset our ego.
It has to hurt our pride.
Hurt our ego.
Everything that we sought zealously.
God and protect and nurture and massage.
The Dharma has to really deconstruct, dismantle, stir, to really really mince and chop, and really damage them... damage so much that it would never ever come back alive. That’s the whole point of liberation.
But having said this, one should also remember that crashing the ego of oneself simultaneously has to also develop compassion and love for others’ ego. That’s kind of difficult job. You understand? So for that, one of the heart and the lung of the Buddhist path has to be “lojong” mind training.