Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Patrul Rinpoche: Advice from Me to Myself

This is priceless. My favorite part:
Listening to the teachings—you've already heard hundreds of teachings,
But when you haven't grasped the meaning of even one teaching,
What's the point of more listening?
When those yogic positions and gazes keep your mind stable
Only by keeping mind tethered—
Forget about them!

Giving high-sounding lectures
Doesn't do your mind-stream any good.
The path of analytical reasoning is precise and acute—
But it's just more delusion, good for nothing goat-shit.
The oral instructions are very profound
But not if you don't put them into practice.

I wonder how much of an influence this man's work was on Trungpa Rinpoche, who had a similar knack for cutting through all the ways the mind can delude itself into believe that it's advancing.

There's also a passage which confirms what I suspect Dharma teachers must tell themselves about their students. I imagine for teachers in the West, where we tend to "Dharma-shop" like there was a blue-light special on Enlightenment, this has to be something of a mantra:
Those elegant dharma disciples—
Forget about them!

This year, he really cares about you,
Next year, it's not like that.
At first, he seems modest,
Then he grows exalted and pompous.
The more you nurture and cherish him,
The more distant he grows.

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