Parting from the Four Attachments
When he was twelve years old, the great Sakyapa lama spent six months in strict retreat doing the practice of Arya Manjushri, and as a result, on one occasion he had a direct vision of the deity. The glorious Manjughosha, orange in colour, was surrounded by a mass of brilliant light and seated resplendently upon a jewelled throne. He was displaying the mudra of teaching the Dharma, and was flanked on either side by two bodhisattvas. He spoke the following words:
Reflecting on the meaning of this statement, Kunga Nyingpo realized that this mind training of ‘parting from the four attachments’ incorporates all the practices of the path of the transcendent perfections, and he felt an extraordinary confidence in all the teachings of the Dharma. Samāptamithi.
If you cling to this life, you are not a practitioner;
If you cling to the three realms, that is not renunciation;
If you cling to self-interest, you are not a bodhisattva;
If grasping arises, it is not the view.
- The location of his retreat was Manjushri Cave, located on the North side of Sakya town, in Tsang province.
- Mind Training, The Great Collection, translated by Thupten Jinpa for the Institute of Tibetan Classics, Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-440-7, page 517.
Teachings on Parting from the Four Attachments
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- Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche, Rigpa London, June (?) 1987
- His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Rigpa London, May 1995
- Pewar Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, Tuesday 15 May 2007
- Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 21 June 2008
- His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Lerab Ling, 1 & 2 August 2014
- Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, Parting from the Four Attachments (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2003)
- His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Parting from the Four Attachments (Shangshung Institute publications)
- Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, Lojong Shenpa Shidrel, The Mind-training of Parting from the Four Attachments, with commentary by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche (Siddhartha’s Intent, 2012)
- Mind Training, The Great Collection, translated by Thupten Jinpa for the Institute of Tibetan Classics, Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-440-7, pages 517-566.