Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche: Not for Happiness

Sam Gentile, modified 5 Months ago.

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche: Not for Happiness

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I came across the following quote, while studying for my Tibetan 3 Yanas course, from the esteemed Tibetan Talku Dzongsar Kyyenste Rinpoche who is known for being very blunt, and truthfful.

"The aim of far too many teachings these days is to make people “feel good,” and even some Buddhist masters are beginning to sound like New Age apostles. Their talks are entirely devoted to validating the manifestation of ego and endorsing the “rightness” of our feelings, neither of which have anything to do with the teachings we find in the pith instructions. So if you are only concerned about feeling good, you are far better off having a full-body massage or listening to some uplifting or life-affirming music than receiving dharma teachings, which were definitely not designed to cheer you up. On the contrary, the dharma was devised specifically to expose your failings and make you feel awful.


Try reading The Words of My Perfect Teacher. If you find it depressing, if Patrul Rinpoche’s disconcerting truths rattle your worldly self-confidence, be happy. It is a sign that at long last you are beginning to understand something about the dharma. And by the way, to feel depressed is not always a bad thing. It is completely understandable for someone to feel depressed and deflated when their most humiliating failing is exposed. Who wouldn’t feel a bit raw Vajrayana Online | Weekly Readings | Hinayana Conduct (Three Yanas Section 4) 1 in such a situation? But isn’t it better to be painfully aware of a failing rather than utterly oblivious to it? If a flaw in your character remains hidden, how can you do anything about it? So although pith instructions might temporarily depress you, they will also help uproot your shortcomings by dragging them into the open. This is what is meant by the phrase “dharma penetrating your mind,” or, as the great Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye put it, “the practice of dharma bearing fruit,” rather than the so-called good experiences too many of us hope for, such as good dreams, blissful sensations, ecstasy, clairvoyance, or the enhancement of intuition. '
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Chris Marti, modified 5 Months ago.

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Good ol' self-awareness.
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Papa Che Dusko, modified 5 Months ago.

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"So if you are only concerned about feeling good, you are far better off having a full-body massage or listening to some uplifting or life-affirming music than receiving dharma teachings, which were definitely not designed to cheer you up. On the contrary, the dharma was devised specifically to expose your failings and make you feel awful."

emoticon This is beautiful. Thank you for posting this Sam emoticon 
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Balint Pinczes, modified 5 Months ago.

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The audiobook version is quite nice, happy to recommend it.
Sam Gentile, modified 5 Months ago.

RE: Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche: Not for Happiness

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Yes, I have the paperback and would highly recomend it too.

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