祖古烏金仁波切開示選譯 Selected Teachings from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
TULKU URGYEN RINPOCHE
Question: I was wondering if Rinpoche could explain exactly what ‘blessings’ are?
Rinpoche: What people usually consider blessings are what I would call ‘superficial blessings.’ It’s like when you have something you want to get rid of you ask, “Please bless me to be free from what I don’t like,” whether this is being sick or in pain, evil spirits are attacking you, your business isn’t going that well, etc.. So, people ask for something to wear around their necks, something to eat, maybe some charm to be made and so on. Then when they are feeling better, the evil spirits are repelled, business is going well or whatever, they say, “I got the blessings.” These are known as ‘superficial blessings.’
On the other hand, the real blessings are the oral instructions on how to become enlightened in a single lifetime, which you can receive from a qualified master.
TULKU URGYEN RINPOCHE
Most subtle and the most difficult obstacle.
The most subtle and the most difficult [obstacle] is the demon of seduction... It is the little voice that whispers to oneself and gives the wrong advice: "There is something more interesting than practicing. Why not do it later, like next month or next year - then you can really get into intensive practice. Right now, there is something more important."... It is by far the most difficult to notice, the most difficult to overcome.
Samsara is mind turned outwardly, lost in its projections.
Nirvana is mind turned inwardly, recognizing its nature.
~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
據說，諸佛與有情眾生之別，就如虛空的寬與窄之差。有情眾生就像是拳頭握緊時所能掌握的空間 ，諸佛則是全然敞開、包容一切。根本虛空與覺性原本就是包容一切的。根本虛空即是無有心意造作的狀態，覺性則是對此無有造作的「了知」、對於心性全然空性的認識。虛空與覺性本來就是不可分的 。
Space and Awareness ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
It is said that the difference between buddhas and sentient beings is like the difference between the narrowness and the openness of space. Sentient beings are like the space held within a tightly closed fist, while buddhas are fully open, all-encompassing. Basic space and awareness are innately all-encompassing. Basic space is the absence of mental constructs, while awareness is the ‘knowing’ of this absence of constructs, recognizing the complete emptiness of mind essence. Space and awareness are inherently indivisible.
The Purpose of Seclusion ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
With many distractions one is not able to practice the Dharma properly. Distraction means a lot of business, noise and things to do. When going up in the mountains there will be less distraction. That is the reason for mountain retreat. In addition to that, if one is able to keep some discipline, remaining in solitude without allowing outsiders to visit and not going out oneself, there will be no other distraction than that made by one’s own mind. External distractions have been eliminated. That is the purpose of seclusion.
6. 祖古烏金仁波切 ：在此五濁惡世，就該承擔法教的重任
People ask why I built the monastery in Boudhanath. I have heard said: “In this age of degeneration, carry the burden of the doctrine. If you are unable to do so, simply your fear that the teachings may die out will have tremendous merit.” Thus, by building a monastery and gathering a sangha of monks - as a simple reflection of the doctrine in this dark age - I have the great hope of maintaining the tradition of the Dharma.
Whether or not the monks individually do any practice is their own business. However, by merely wearing the robes on their bodies, cutting the hair on their heads and gathering together in a group of at least four, their presence and the respect, faith and donations a benefactor may offer, no matter how insignificant the contribution or faith may be, will accumulate merit and purify obscurations. This is independent of whether or not the monks misbehave or misappropriate their donations: that is totally up to them.
For the benefactors, the blessings of the buddhas are assured when they make a donation to a gathering of four monks. For that reason I made the effort to build a monastery.