Showing posts with label Religion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Religion. Show all posts

Monday, October 17, 2016

Growing and decaying & birth and death.

A beautiful flower has good fragrance and everyone love the smile. Even a bees come to have a nectar. Sadly flower will decay soon. Beauty is victim of vanishing.
You are born on the earth. Your parent were rejoiced while you were born. Will you let the world to rejoice when you leave the world?

You might have many memories of childhood days. You might be handsome and pretty among others. You may be intelligent among the friends. You may be richer. You may be stronger and dominating the friends with your strength. You may be having handsome husband and pretty wife. You may have cute son or daughter. You may have loving friends. You have even possesses all the desire things. But only question is can we stay till earth disappear. Every day is new beginning and becoming older. Did you realize you are not becoming older but coming closer to death?

We are coming closer to death day by day. What we are doing then? Are we piling the stone for building the house? Thinking about all those stuff, nothing seems to be meaningful in life rather than humanity. I shall mindful for my action. My action shouldn’t harm other. My speech shouldn’t hurt other. My thought shouldn’t be bad about other.  

Friday, July 1, 2016

Yudra Nyingpo, one of the 25 disciples of Guru Rinpoche

Yudra Nyingpo (Tib. གཡུ་སྒྲ་སྙིང་པོ་Wyl. g.yu sgra snying po) — one of the twenty-five disciples of Guru Rinpoche. He was a great translator and scholar who received teachings from VairotsanaVimalamitra, and Guru Rinpoche. He translated many works, including the last thirteen of the eighteen texts of Semde.
Yudra Nyingpo became one of the greatest masters of Nyingma Dzogchen Semde and Longde teachings:
"Yudra Nyingpo was a prince of Gyalmo Tsawe Rong (Gyarong) in Eastern Tibet. In Gyarong, Yudra Nyingpo received teachings from Vairocana, who was exiled in the area for a certain period of time. Studying with Vairocana, Yudra Nyingpo became a great scholar and translator. Later he traveled to Central Tibet and received teachings from Guru Rinpoche and he became one of the greatest masters of semde and longde teachings of Dzogpa Chenpo in Tibet."
Yudra Nyingpo translated many works, including the 'Thirteen Later Translations' (Wyliephyi 'gyur bcu gsum) of the 'Eighteen Major Scriptural Transmissions of the Mind Series' (Wyliesems sde lung chen po bco brgyad):
  1. Tsemo Chung-gyal (Supreme Peak) (Tibetanརྩེ་མོ་བྱུང་རྒྱལWyliertse mo byung rgyal)
  2. Namkha'i Gyalpo (King of Space) (Tibetanརྣམ་ མཁའི་རྒྱལ་ རྒྱལ་པོWyliernam mkha'i rgyal po)
  3. Dewa Thrulkod (Jewel-Encrusted Bliss Ornament) (Tibetanབདེ་བ་འཕྲུལ་བཀོདWyliebde ba 'phrul bkod)
  4. Dzogpa Chiching (All-Encompassing Perfection) (Tibetanརྫོགས་པ་སྤྱི་ཆིངསWylierdzogs pa spyi chings)
  5. Changchub Semtig (Essence of Bodhicitta) (Tibetanབྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་ཏིགWyliebyang chub sems tig)
  6. Dewa Rabjam (Infinite Bliss) (Tibetanབདེ་བ་རབ་འབྱམསWyliebde ba rab 'byams)
  7. Sog-gi Khorlo (Wheel of Life) (Tibetanསྲོག་གི་འཁོར་ལWyliesrog gi 'khor lo)
  8. Thigle Trugpa (Six Spheres) (Wyliethig le drug pa)
  9. Dzogpa Chichod (All-Penetrating Perfection) (Tibetanརྫོགས་པ་སྤྱི་སྤྱོདWylierdzogs pa spyi spyod)
  10. Yidzhin Norbu (Wish-Fulfilling Jewel) (Tibetanཡིད་བཞིན་ནོར་བུWylieyid bzhin nor bu)
  11. Kundu Rigpa (All-unifying Pure Presence) (Tibetanཀུན་ཏུ་རིག་པWyliekun tu rig pa)
  12. Jetsun Tampa (Supreme Lord) (Tibetanརྗེ་བཙན་དམ་པ་Wylierje btsan dam pa)
  13. Gonpa Tontrub (The Realization of the True Meaning of Meditation) (Tibetanསྒོམ་པ་དོན་གྲུབWyliesgom pa don grub)
Liljenberg (2009: p. 51) holds that there are variances in the listing of the Thirteen Later Translations:
"The earliest lists of titles of the Thirteen Later Translations are found in the writings of the twelfth century treasure revealer Nyang Ral Nyi ma 'od zer. He gives two lists, one in his Zangs gling ma biography of Padmasambhava, and the other in his religious history, the Me tog snying po. There are significant differences between the two lists, however, and subsequent lists drawn up by various authors also show marked variations, symptomatic of continuing fluidity in the composition of this group of texts."

The current reincarnation of Yudra Nyingpo is H.E Sonam Lodre AKA Buli Trulku, the tenth reincarnation. Because of his humbleness and simplicity in this reincarnation, many people are unaware of the great translator. H.E Buli Trulku reside in far flung corner of the country near Aranachal Pradesh boarder blessing the unprivileged people which otherwise would have no blessing from any lama because of its location. Many people called Trulku the lama of unprivileged people.
I feel proud to be one of H.E Buli Trulku follower.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Trip to Paro Taktsang (Tiger nest)

Para Taktsang. Source:Wikipedia
Paro Taktsang (Dzongkha: སྤ་གྲོ་སྟག་ཚང་ spa phro stag tshang / spa gro stag tshang) is the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as Tiger's Nest), a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliff side of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan. A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup (stag tshang seng ge bsam grub) cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen taktsang or "tiger lair" caves in which he meditated.

The longing thoughts and observations from recent trip to Paro Taktsang need to be shared. One who visit will know the basic rules and regulation. I am trying to let who plan to visit to understand basic rules and regulation of visiting Paro Taktsang.

You may go to visit with informal dress and you will land up without having an opportunity to go inside to visit scared status. It is just simple to let you grasp an opportunity to visit inside to view scared status and all by going in formal dress, (National dress, gho for man and kira for women). The police checking before entering the fortress will make thorough check; whether you with national dress, taking camera and mobile phone inside? They don’t bother if you are foreigner, of course not allowing camera and mobile phone apply to you.

What is the time you are going to visit? At 12 noon to 1 pm or 1 to 2 pm? You can't visit whenever you wish to visit. They usually close 1 to 2 pm for lunch break. I had a thought regards to this timing. Why they close for lunch time? That is not a shop or office. That is simply a fortress with scared status from long time ago to show to pilgrimages.

Visit once if you can.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tshog Offering at Dudjum Dharma House.

Dudjum Dharma House is located 3 kilometer form Rindending. It was built by Dungsey Garap Rinpoche for Thorma Thshogpa.
I was very fortunate to attended Tshog Offering in Dharma house on 3rd and 4th day of the 6th month of lunar calendar. I couldn’t attend first day (2nd day of 6th month of lunar calendar). 4th day of 6th month of lunar calender is very auspicious day and mark as First Sermon of Lord Buddha.
Thank you Thorma Tshangpa for organizing the event called Tshog Bum (Reciting tshog offering for lakh times).

It was satisfying ending with song and dance. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Slaughter house Versus Meat Processing Unit

The ongoing debate about slaughter house to be set up in Bhutan on social media particularly in facebook groups and pages bother me a lot.
One who want to eat meat brings their own reasons to defense who don’t want slaughter house to set up. It was so funny some people even said that eat chicken because it doesn’t give oxygen but don’t eat plant (vegetable) because it give us oxygen. On the other hand those who don’t want slaughter house to set up said that animals feel the pain as we human do. Some even bring religion in between to emphasize why we should become vegetarian. In deed some people underestimate Buddhist practitioners are not vegetarian based on few who are non-vegetarian. We believe in cause and effect and our mischievous voice will answer in the long run.

Is our government wise in changing the concept when people are debating on slaughter house stating they don’t want or media are cooking the story of slaughter house?  People start debating upon seeing the government is going to start up slaughter house on media. It is not easy to understand the government yet I already understood my part. Now, government say, they never say we want slaughter house in Bhutan. They say, they will have Meat Processing Unit by importing raw meat form other country. They also said that if people are unhappy of Meat processing unit, they will do away with that plan.

Many Bhutanese are non-vegetarian. How we can be vegetarians when we live in the society of orthodox. Many Bhutanese say if the delivered mother is not feed with meat, she will not get enough protein or nutrient. The truth is there are many mothers who are vegetarians and giving birth.
Many Bhutanese proudly say that Bhutanese are hypocrite. They never want slaughter house in Bhutan but want to eat meat. I think everyone can eat meat if you like but it is no good to encourage one who don’t want to eat. Setting up Meat processing unit or slaughter house is indirectly encouraging people to eat.

There are few people who bring politics in between for debating. Please, let us never bring politics parties in between. After all animals will suffer before their body turn in to meat curry in front of us but not the politics people. Let us offer our sympathy to all the animals as per our capacities.

I hope and pray, no slaughter house or meat processing unit setting up will happen in Bhutan. I believe in government that they will do away with that plan. Let us inform the world one day that Bhutan nation is the vegetarian nation. 
Animal equality in the slaughter house .

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WHEEL OF DHARMA, the twelve interdependent links..

Disclaimer: I copied this text and photo from the facebook. I found text more important to read once.

the twelve interdependent links..

The dependant origination is one of the basic and most important teachings of the Buddha.
Since it is regarded as part of what we call "the first Turning of the Wheel of Dharma",
it is accepted and discussed in the same way in all the different schools of Buddhism.
The Buddha said that there could be persons, who are not Buddhas, who were not taught by Buddhas, but who nevertheless are able to find out by themselves about the Twelve Links. If such persons meditate or practice accordingly, they can become Arhats on their own. They are what we call the Pratyeka Buddhas, or "Buddha for themselves".
These twelve links are not only a description of the Buddhist philosophy of how the beings originate and evolve in samsara, but it also gives the way, the path to be liberated from this circling in the wheel of Samsara.

This wheel of life painting history...
It is said that about 2,500 years ago two kings ruled in India, in the area where the Buddha lived. King Bimbissara rules over the Magada Kingdom whereas King Utrayana lived a little further. These two kings were friends, and used to send gifts to one another. King Utrayana once sent a very costly armour to King Bimbissara. It was covered with so many precious stones that it was almost invaluable.
King Bimbissara was very much disturbed because he could not think of anything precious enough to send back in return. One of his ministers suggested then that he sent some portrait or teachings of a most holy and revered person who happened to live in his kingdom : the Buddha. King Bimbissara went accordingly to ask the Buddha for permission to have his a portrait drawn and sent to King Utrayana.
The Buddha agreed , adding that not only his portrait, but also other paintings and writings should be sent to King Utrayana. It is told that the artist was first unable to draw the portrait, because the Buddha was too glorious, producing rays of light impossible to catch on canvas. Asking the Buddha what was to be done, He answered that he would put his shadow on the canvas, from which the artist would draw the portrait. It is said to have been the first image of the Buddha.
He also gave instruction for the other painting, explaining that the artist should draw circle with five divisions, in which the five different realms of existence should be depicted. It should be encircled by the Twelve Links of Interdependant Origination, and the whole circle should be placed in the hands of Yama Raja, the Lord of Death. He then gave two stanzas that should be written under the drawing.
The present of King Bimbissara was received with the greatest reverence by King Utrayana, who was so impressed that he came to pay homage to the Buddha and followed his teachings.

In the centre of the wheel, we find three animals : a snake, a cock and a pig.
The pig bites the tail of the cock, which was originally a pigeon, the cock bites the tail of the snake that bites the tail of the pig.
These three animals represent the three basic mind poisons, which are attachment, aversion and stupidity. It is believed that the snake is an animal full of hatred and aversion. The bird, and especially the pigeon, is regarded as the animal with the greatest sexual attachment. The pig was considered as one of the most stupid animals, which is why he represents ignorance.
Though they are all linked together, it is believed that hatred or aversion comes from attachment, and that attachment comes from ignorance. The starting point is thus ignorance, generating attachment and aversion. These three are placed at the centre, they are the core of the painting to denote that the whole world, the whole universe, is controlled, caused by these three basic emotions.

Around this core, there is another circle, with two parts, one half white, the other black. These two refer to the deeds, the actions we perform that can be either virtuous or non virtuous.
The virtuous actions, which are less under control of the three basic poisons, are called "white deeds", whereas actions performed with a stronger influence of the three poisons are called the "black deeds". It is said that if our actions are black, we will be reborn in the lower half of this realm, whereas if our actions are white, we will be reborn in the upper part of the 6 or sometimes 5 realms of the world that are depicted in the next circle.

The upper part starts with the world of heavens, or the world of gods.
The world of gods is believed to be of three different categories : what is called the "world of desire", the "world of Form", and the "world of the Formless". It is believed that those who have done very virtuous deeds in this world will thereafter go to the Heaven of Desire. Those who not only did virtuous deeds, but also realised a stability of mind in meditation, will go to the Heaven of Form. Those who have gone deeper in the stability of meditation but kept certain subtle misconceptions in their minds will be reborn in the Formless Heaven.
Then comes the world of the semi-gods.
The persons who have more or less performed the causes that would have led to the world of gods, but remained jealous, will be reborn in the realm of the semi-gods, where they will have to guard it and fight a lot.
Then comes the realm of the human beings.
It is attained after lots of virtuous, meritorious deeds, but is overpowered by desire.
The three lower realms are the animal world, the world of hungry ghosts, and the hells.
These three are mainly attributed to the three mind poisons, the animal world to ignorance, the preta world to attachment and hell to hatred or aversion.
It is also said sometimes that if we have performed any action very strongly motivated by any of these three poisons, we will be reborn in hell. A lesser motivation will lead us to the realm of hungry ghosts, and a lighter motivation would cause rebirth in the animal realm.

Around this circle, we find depicted the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination..

The first Link is ignorance represented by an blind old woman.
Ignorance is the basic, original cause of Samsara. It is represented as an old woman because it is said that our ignorance is very old, going back to beginningless times. And the nature of this ignorance is that we cannot see, we cannot understand, which is why the old woman is blind.

The second link is volition , represented by a man making clay pottery. Volition is actually the force that leads to action. It is more or less like karma, the desire that makes us work, do things. Here it is depicted like this, because volition originating from ignorance makes us perform certain actions, so that we are born into different places and realms. What we will become depends on what kind of actions we do, like a potter himself designs what he makes.

The third link is consciousness represented by a monkey. The monkey is one of the most mobile, active kind of animals, and likewise, our consciousness cannot stay anywhere for long..

The fourth link is what we call "nama rupa", or name and form, depicted as a man crossing a river with a boat. Name and form mean the five skandhas or aggregates that constitute a being, at the initial stage.
This stage comes actually just after consciousness. It is the process of becoming. Consciousness enters the form, which is just about to be born. It is depicted in such a way because name and form serve the consciousness in order to constitute a being, just like the boat is used by the man to cross the river.

The fifth link represents the five or six senses, illustrated by empty houses. The senses are like an empty village that the traveller can cross. Wherever he finds an empty house, he can stop and rest. In this way, the senses give the consciousness a place to rest, to stay for a moment before going on. This is why they are depicted as empty houses. The six senses are the abode, the base of the six consciousnesses.

The sixth link is touching, the contact between the object and the senses coming together, depicted as a couple kissing.
The seventh is the feeling generated by the contact, depicted as a person with his eyes pierced by an arrow.

The eighth one is attachment illustrated by a man drinking. It is said that when you drink, you can never be fully satisfied. Attachment can never be fulfilled. It is produced by feeling.

The ninth link is the grasping depicted by a man plucking fruits from a tree. The next stage after attachment is grasping, which forges the final kind of impression for your next birth.

In consequence, the tenth stage is what we call becoming, represented by a pregnant woman. At this stage, we have experienced the grasping, and the force is such that there is no other way but to take a new birth, all the relevant effects and causes have been gathered.

The eleventh stage is birth, a woman giving birth to a child, which needs no further explanation.

The last twelfth link is means old age and death, an old man carrying a dead body. As soon as one is born, one is carrying the burden of one's own death.

All these things are placed in the mouth of Yama Raja, the Lord of Death, because nothing in Samsara, nothing in the world can be permanent, it is all impermanent.

There is a moon drawn in the right upper corner which depicts Nirvana. If we practice or meditate upon these twelve links in reverse order, we can attain Nirvana. On the left side Lord Buddha is pointing to the moon, which represents the teachings of the Buddha, that indicate the way to reach Nirvana.

In the original drawing, , the two stanzas written at the bottom said :
"Take this up and give this up, enter the Buddha's teachings as an elephant in a lotus pond, destroy the forces of the Lord of Death. He who mindfully engages in this way of discipline will bring the end of suffering."

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The very Fact behind the difference between meat and apple. Difference between meat and vegetable

They got their own reason for defending before they eat meat. They say many insects are being killed when we consume vegetable and therefore it is better to eat meat.
Now, let us look at example. Let us consider cow and cabbage. A cow eat grass to survive. A cow walk to have grass. Can we count how much a cow might have kill insect while eating grass and walking. It will be more than insects on the cabbage.
We also know the fact that a cow has parasite on its body. When a cow is kill, all parasite will die. It is unimaginable that how much insects are killing before cow reach in front of us as a meat.

When a cabbage is cut for consuming, it never say “ala or atsa (expressing pain)”. The fact behind is cabbage don’t have soul.
When a cow bring to slaughter house for killing, we notice the rolling tear from its eyes. A cow try to escape when it see other cows are killing. It is very clear with the rolling tears and trying to escape from killing scene that a cow has mind like human. A cow has fear like we human has when somebody threating to beat us. A cow feel the same pain like human do. We can’t even resist with minor pinch. We know how much minor pinch give us the pain. But can we imagine when someone want to kill us.  
We are Buddhist and believe in Buddhist teaching. Are you Buddhist and do you believe in teaching?  The great master of Buddhist said that all the animals are our parent once in previous life. Eating meat is like eating our parent’s meat. Respect our parents of present and previous parents as well. We tend to find tastier which has more negative effect. It is because of ignorance.

To non-Buddhist. Avoiding meat eating is not only with Buddhist followers but also non-Buddhist should do. Do you feel the pain when you hit by other or hit yourself mistakenly? Are you happy if you suffer? Are you happy when your parent are suffering? Are you happy if your friends are suffering? Will you happy when someone try to kill you? Do you have a fear of dying?
Based on above few questions, now we need to correlate with a cow which you take it as a beef. A cow has a pain when it get hit. A cow suffer with pain as we do. A cow fear of dying as we do. A cow feel unhappy as its friends are killing.
The simple reason for avoiding meat eating is just because of pain.
We human are the civilized animals on the earth. We human are cruel animals on the earth if we are taking animal’s life for the pleasure of our taste bud.

So, let never assume like vegetable has insects and better to eat meat. We can go on our way. Eat vegetables or meat. It is up to our choice but never influence other people with false information.
Respect our parent of three time, past, present and future.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Meat Processing Unit.

It was indeed very sad to read the news in kuensel dated 18th April, 2015 ("To 'meat' a huge demands") to come up with the solution of high demand of meat with setting up the processing unit in Bhutan. Setting up of processing unit means coming up of slaughter house. I won’t comment anything mention in the news for the reason for coming up and way they will be involved in slaughtering.
“We’ll make sure animals are slaughtered in a professional way, like stunning down, making the animal unconscious,” said Dr Tashi Samdup. “We have to consider how much we’re spending on the import of meat. We are targeting to get 100 percent food self-sufficiency.”
I don’t think killing animals with professional means is different than killing taking place in other country. In bottom line, both are killing and taking the precious life.

I am against the idea of setting up Processing Unit with following opinions:

First and foremost reason come in my mind, our country is the Buddhist Country. The country in which world knows because of her religious and traditions. Gross National Happiness, GNH is the philosophy based on Buddhist principles. Happiness is the core concept in GHN. If slaughtering house is setting up in Bhutan, it is impossible to say Happiness is existing. Taking the precious life of animals cannot be justified as Happiness exist.

Second, setting up our own meat Processing unit meant easily available meat in the market. Thinking critically, supply of meat is the area that we need to look into and take action. If there is no supply, people might quit. They might eat once in a month by buying from available market. If meat is abundant in the market, naturally there will be high demands. Setting up our own Meat Processing Unit mean more and new meat consumers are going to come. If government think, importing meat cause economy deficiency, why don't they come up with Meat Importing Regulation.

Third, our people should learn the disadvantages of eating meat. People need to change their notion like not eating meat will affect the healthiness of body. Meat has nothing to do with healthiness of our body. You will know more if you watch this clips. This is the video from Jangchubshing progrom of BBS2. It is about Buddhism and Vegetarianism. Click this link. Part 1. Jangchub Shing- Buddhism & Vegetarianism, Part 1  Part 2. Jangchub Shing- Buddhism & Vegetarianism, Part 2

It is very difficult to quit meat. I know how much you enjoy the taste of meat. I was once eating meat. I am now vegetarian. 
I have very simple reason for becoming vegetarian. I feel the pain and fear when somebody beat me. I sense, animals too will have same pain and fear as I do. Therefore, I don't want anyone be it animals or human being to hurt. I do believe what great Bodhisattva used to say. They say, no animals has not become our parents once in this revolving Samsara. I can’t imagine the pain and fear of my parents would have gone through just before come in front of me as meat curry.

I respect your taste bud. I respect your life. And my humble request, please let’s give happiness to our parents (animals) by minimizing the rate of eating meat and quitting one day.

Good luck for your try in minimizing the rate of eating meat and quitting one day.

Friday, March 20, 2015


It might be mine and your parent.

༉ འཇིག་རྟེན་འཛམ་གླིང་འདི་ནང་ སྐྱེས་རེ་སྐྱེ་ཚོ་ མི་དང་སེམས་ཅན་སོགས་ཅག་ག་ར་ལུ་སྦྱམས་པ་དང་སྙིང་ཇེ་བསྐྱེལ་དགོཔས་འདི་ཧ་ཅང་གི་གལ་ཆེ་བས་ཟེར་ཞུ་ནི་ཨིན། ང་བཅས་འགྲོ་བ་མི་ལུས་ཐོབ་པའི་དུས་སྐབས་ལུ་ སེམས་ཅན་ག་ར་ལུ་རང་གི་ཕམ་བཟུམ་སྦེ་ སྦྱམས་པ་དང་སྙིང་ཇེ་བསྐྱེལ་དགོཔས་ཨིན། འདི་ཡང་ག་ཅི་འབད་ཨིནམ་ཟེར་བ་ཅིན་ འགྲོ་བ་སེམས་ཅན་ག་ར   ་རང༌གི༌ཕམ༌མ༌འབད༌མི༌༌ག་ཡང་མེད་ཟེར༌ དགེ༌བའི༌གཤད༌སྙེན༌གྱི༌གསུངམ༌ཨིན།
འགྲོ་བ་སེམས་ཅན་ཚུ་ རང་སངས་མ་རྒྱསཔ་ལས་ འདི་ངའི་གི་ཨ་པ་ཨིན་ འདི་ངའི་གི་ཨའི་ཨིན་ འདི་ངའི་སྤུན་ཆ་ཨིན་ཟེར་སླབ་མ་ཤེསཔ་ཨིན། དཔྱེ་གཅིག་ཞུ་བ་ཅིན་ སངས་རྒྱས་ཀྱི་རྗེན་འཇུག་པ་ འཕགས་པ་ཀ་ཏ་ཡ་ནཱ་ གི་ག་དེ་སྦེ་གསུང་བཞག་ནུག་གོ་ཟེར་བ་ཅིན་ ཕ་ཤ་བཟའ་ཤིས་མ་ལ་བལྡེག། གསོན་པོ་འགྲོ་བོ་སྤང་དུ་བཟུང།  ཟེར་གསུང་བཞག་ནུག། འདི་གི་དོན་དག་ཐུང་ཀུ་ཅིག་ཞུ་བ་ཅིན་ སངས་རྒྱས་ཀྱི་ རྗེན་འཇུག་པ་ འཕགས་པ་ཀ་ཏ་ཡ་ནཱ་ གཡུས་འགོ་འདི་ནང་བསོད་ནམས་ཞུ་བར་འབྱོནམ་ད་ ཨའི་གཅིག་ལག་པ་ཨ་ལོ་གཤད་ ལྟོ་དང་གཅིག་ཁར་ཉ་གི་ཚོམ་ཅིག་ཟ་ དེ་ལས་གདོང་ཁར་ཡོད་པའི་རོ་ཁྱི་འདི་གདུང་ཡི་རང་མདའ་སྡོད་ས་གཟིགས་ནུག། ཁོ་ལུ་སྔོན་ཤེས་ཡོདཔ་ལས་ མཐོང་སྣང་འདི་ལུ་འགོད་གྲ་བའི་མཐོང་སྣང་ཨིན་མས་ཟེར་གསུང་ནུག། ཨའི༌གི༌བཟའ༌མི༌ཉ༌གི༌ཚོམ༌འདི༌ ཚེ༌སྔོན༌མ༌མོ༌གི༌ཨ༌པ༌ཨིན༌མས༌བཤེད༌ནུག།དེ༌ལས༌གདོང༌ཁར༌རོ༌ཁྱི༌གདུངས༌ཏེ༌མདའ༌མི༌འདི༌ཚེ༌སྔོན༌མ༌མོ༌གི༌ཨའི༌དང༌ལགཔ༌ལུ༌བཤད༌པའི༌ཨ༌ལོ༌འདི༌ཚེ༌སྔོན༌མ༌མོ༌གི༌དགྲ༌བོ༌ཨིན༌མས༌ཟེར༌གསུང༌ནུག།དཔྱེ༌འདི༌ལུ༌བལྟཝ༌འདྲཝ༌འབད༌བ༌ཅིན༌ང༌བཅས༌ཚུ༌གི༌རང༌གི༌ཚེ༌སྔོན༌མའི༌ཕམ༌ཚུ༌ག༌ཨིན༌ན༌ མིཤེས༌དོ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན༌མས༌།
རྒྱུ༌མཚན༌འདི༌ཕྱིར༌དུ༌ འགྲོ༌བ༌རིག༌དྲུག༌སེམས༌ཅན༌ག༌ར༌ལུ༌སྦྱམས་པ་དང་སྙིང་ཇེ་བསྐྱེལ་དགོཔས༌མ༌ཚད༌ འབད༌ཚུགས༌པ༌ཅིན༌རང༌གི༌ཕམ༌གྱི༌ཤ༌ཟ༌ནི༌ཡང༌སྤང༌གནང༌ཟེར༌ཞུ༌ནི༌ཨིན།།

P.S: Spelling under your correction.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jangchub Shing- Buddhism and Vegetarianism

I have type the speech about Buddhism and Vegetarianism by Tshukla Lopen of Zhung Dratshang from the subtitle display in the speech. Speech is in Dzongkha.  Here His Eminence Tshukla lopen talk why we should not eat meat and how we should refrain from consuming meat. If you read speech till the end, I vow you that you will get answer about why you should not eat meat and how you should refrain from eating meat. Happy reading.
Here is the Link to watch video in YouTube. Tshukla lopen's speech start at 33.40 minutes of this video. Buddhism and Vegetarianism
His Eminence Tshukla Lopen of Zhung Dratshang

               Jangchub Shing- Buddhism and Vegetarianism
Kuzuzangpo, I would like to thank the trainess and the faculty of the RIM and the Honourable guests. I am very happy to be a part of this talk show called “Buddhism and Vegetarianism” which has so much relevance with Buddhism. Generally in Buddhism, there are vast and profound teachings regarding the consumption of meat: yet, I cannot claim to have the authority or the knowledge to teach. However, I will share with you the little that I know from my experience with you within the short duration of this talk. The primary reason behind not eating meat as taught by Lord Buddha is that being a Buddhist, our belief is rooted in the “Law of KARMA (action and fruition)”, the ‘action’ is as taught by Lord Buddha “All Dharma arises out of action”. Thus, we as Buddhist should believe in action as taught by the Buddha, which consists of two –virtuous and non-virtuous; and Buddha also clearly taught in detail about the results of both virtuous and non-virtuous action. From limited understanding, generally all sentient beings once born with a body need food to sustain that body, as the Lord Buddha said “all sentient beings are sustained by food”. This is shared and accepted by science as well. Now, food itself, in ancient times is divided into 4 different types according to the Buddha Dharma. Which can be condensed into two- solid and soft. Aeons ago, human beings did not have to rely on solid food for sustenance, but rather they relied on the food/nourishment of Samadhi which in turn gave their bodies a natural glow and lightness; they lived a long life as well. All these qualities were the result of the different kind of pure nourishment.
Later on, as time passed, and as people’s mental afflictions such as attachment, anger, ignorance grew, the ability to sustain their bodies with pure Nourishment diminished; hence they were compelled to consume solid food to sustain and nourish themselves. As they continued to consume solid food, their natural glow started disappearing, they started getting heavier, and their life span as well became shorter. Now, meat falls within the classification of solid nourishment. Solid nourishment itself is also sub-divided into two, which are pure and impure. Meat falls within the impure subdivision as taught by Buddha. The reason for meat being impure is due to the fact that meat is a product of having killed a living being. It is obvious to all of us that all animals also cherish their lives as much as we do, the fact that they hide, run away and cry in pain are obvious signs that their lives are dear and precious to them. As life is precious and clear to all beings, the act of taking life is thus taught to be the most non-virtuous deed by the Buddha, in the teaching of Karma, “there is no other higher non-virtuous deed than, the act of taking life from the ten non-virtuous actions, the act of killing is the most non-virtuous action”. As a result of the act of killing, in this lifetime not only the space of where the act is committed, but even the acquaintances of the person who commits the act are effected. In future lives, all who have commits and are associated with the act are born in the lower realms, and have to bear the suffering there for aeons. Even if one is freed and reborn as human, as a direct consequence of having taken another’s life, one will encounter many life-threatening obstacles. The Buddha taught in detail, that the act of killing gives rise to 4 distinct fruitions/results in the Buddha Dharma. Abstaining from eating meat is one of the many skillful means that the Buddha taught; as the act of killing is considered to be one of the gravest of all non-virtuous deeds and the source of suffering in this life and all future lives.
From another point of view, depending on the mind and time factor of the followers the Buddha taught many different faults on eating meat, so that one will abstain from the act of killing. Again, from another perspective, as we are also habituated to consuming meat that took over a period of time, it is difficult to abstain from that habit at once. To break this habit, in the teachings of Buddha, he taught how to free oneself from the desire of eating meat by looking at 3 point; 1. By looking at the source, 2. By looking at the nature and 3. By looking at the result. First, to elaborate on what we mean by contemplating on the source, is that for example if we look at the source of being human, and also if we take example of a cow, how are its flesh and bones formed? When we deeply contemplate on this, the teachings of the Buddha teaches that our body is divided into two, flesh and bones. And the main source of the flesh and bones are the father’s semen and the mother’s eggs. From the father’s semen the bones is formed and the mother’s eggs the flesh is formed, therefore it is considered impure. Thus, one should deeply contemplate whether the impure product coming from an impure source is fit for consumption? What I just shared with you is the method of abstaining from meat consumption through the contemplation of the source of the meat.
Second, to contemplate on the nature of meat if one were to set a piece of meat, vegetable and fruit together. The fruit and vegetable is pleasant to look at, smells fresh and when consumed delicious; unlike the piece of meat, which is a lump of flesh covered in blood and unpleasant to look at, foul smelling and should one eat it unusual and distasteful. So, one should deeply contemplate how the nature of meat is different from other products, and thus, this is the way of abstaining from meat consumption by contemplating the nature/reality of the meat.
The third method of contemplating the result, after the consumption of the meat the result is that it obscures our mind, organs and awareness. For example if an intelligent person consumes meat for a long period of time, this person will naturally lose his intelligence and other abilities. On the contrary, a person who does not consume meat will be active and fresh; for example a Dharma practitioner who was otherwise eager to practice, will after the consumption of meat naturally become sleepy, drowsy and will also lose interest in virtuous deeds; as well as, other activities as a whole. The other ill-effects of eating meat is that it makes one susceptible to more disease. Thus, by contemplating the pros and cons of what I have shared, one should be able to see the benefits of not consuming meat and the ill-effects of consuming meat. So, these are the ways that the Buddha shared as skillful means to abstain from meat consumption by looking at the cause, nature and the results of consuming meat.
Further, in some other teachings of the Buddha, he has taught us that all sentient beings including oneself are all born as parents. Now, the reason is because we are born in samsara not just in this lifetime, but we have been born many times before in this samsara. During those lives, we must have been born as either a human or an animal, and similar to this life we must have been born to parents, and if one were to contemplate all past lives with their parents, then the number of lives and number of parents is innumerable, thus by using this logic we can come to the understanding that all sentient beings have been our parents at one point with no exceptions. If one were put in a situation where you had to consume the flesh of your present parents; would you be able to? Similarly, all animals have been our parents who have given us birth, love and support. Thus, they all are our benevolent parents, the reason we are not able to recognize them is due to the length of time and the obscuration that has grown over innumerable lifetimes. Hence, the Buddha says that one should ask oneself, is the flesh of one’s past parents’ consumable or not? Can one eat it or not? This is yet another skillful means taught by the Buddha to abstain from consuming meat. As all of you must already be familiar with this story, during the time of the Buddha there were 8 exceptional disciples, one of them was the Arahat Katayana, who was the Buddha’s representative for the rural areas. He used to teach and tame the inhabitants there, one day while on his alms round, he saw a women holding a baby in her arms, and eating a fish curry, with a dog beside her. He saw the dog trying to eat the fish bones discarded by the women, but the women was beating the dog when it attempted to eat the fishbone. Katayana saw through his power of clairvoyance, that the dog was the women’s mother reborn, the fish that she was eating was her father reborn and her baby was her arch-enemy in her past life. Thus she was holding her enemy in her arms, and eating father’s meat while beating her mother. In the case of the dog and fish, the wife was eating her husband. Similar to the example just shared, we have no means of knowing what form our loved ones who have passed away have been reborn as, and it is highly likely that should they be born as a fish that it would be an unimaginable non-virtuous act to consume their flesh. Thus, by contemplating on these examples and logic one should refrain from consuming meat.
Likewise, the bodies of all sentient being consist of the 5 aggregates, the Buddha said that the bodies of animals such as fish, pig e.t.c also consist of 5 aggregates. The true nature of the 5 aggregates are the 5 Dhayani Buddhas. Thus, the act of killing animals or the act of harming an animal is like killing or harming the body of Buddha Vairocana, and one also accumulates the negative karma of such a heinous act. In the process of taking life, one has to destroy all the 5 aggregates of which the form aggregate is Buddha Vairocana, the perception aggregate is Buddha Ratnasambhava, etc. in short the 5 Dhayani Buddhas, astaught in the Vajrayana teachings. Taking these truths into consideration, when one performs the act of killing, one accumulates the negative karma of killing the 5 Dhayani Buddhas; thus, one should refrain from the act of killing and consuming meat. Likewise the Buddha said that all sentient beings without exception have the Buddha essence, Thathagata Garba. Since we all have the potential of being a Buddha, killing a sentient being is destroying the seed of liberation; thus, one should refrain from the act of killing. What I have just shared with you is from an advanced belief within the Buddha’s teaching; and what I shared with you earlier about the source, the nature and the result is from mundane perspective. Though the teachings are varied in its profound exposition, the core essence of these teachings is to refrain oneself from the act of killing and the faults that lie with the act of killing and consuming meat.
As we are all aware, being vegetarian from scientific point of view not only extends one’s life, but you enjoy a healthier life as well. Even from a Dharmice point of view, sustaining oneself on a vegetarian diet which is considered as a pure diet further increases one’s life span, due to the power and benefit of virtue; moreover being vegetarian improves one’s personal, and environmental hygiene. If one consumes the impure diet, than as a result of this one will be susceptible to diseases, and a short life. If possible one, should try to refrain from eating meat for the full duration of one’s life, if not try for a few months. Bhutan being a Buddhist country and living up to its name, the Government and the people unanimously adopted a law that bans the sale of meat products for 2 months out of a year in the kingdom. During that time, not consuming meat for 2 months has immense benefits. If one is not able to stop for months, than one should try to be vegetarian during the auspicious days (8, 10, 15, 25, and 30) of the month. Even being a vegetarian for a day during those auspicious days has immense benefits. Not only refraining oneself but also advising and supporting others to not consume meat has equal and immense benefit. What I have shared with you is abridges version of what I have learned. The reason for sharing with you just an abridged version, is firstly I do not claim to have the knowledge and secondly nor does time permit to go in depth. The Buddha said that, it is not compulsory to refrain from eating meat for a lifetime nor for a whole year for beginners, but to start by refraining for a day. In a day we usually have 3 meals, and out of those 3 meals try eating one meal without meat, and even 1 meatless meal has lot of benefits. Otherwise, out of 3 meals, abstain from meat consumption for 2 meals. These are all skillful methods of making the act of not consuming meat a habit. So, as beginners one should follow a gradual path to being a vegetarian and avoid extremes. We being born as Buddhist, accept the law of Karma, and eating meat goes against this law of action and fruition. Thus, I request everyone to abstain from consuming meat, by being mindful of what I have shared with you.
I would like to specifically clarify that while the Buddha Dharma teaches that one should not consume meat, yet some lamas, accomplished master and in the teaching of Vajrayana the use of meat is mandatory. When the Vajrayana teachings say that meat is mandatory, it does not imply that an animal needs to be slaughtered; in fact, the meat used should be of an animal that has died a natural death, and that too, the meat requirement is very less and used for Ganachakra and other offerings. Even the person who is performing or handling the ceremonies that requires meat, should be an accomplished master and not somebody ordinary like us. I would further like to request and offer some heartfelt advice to you all that one should not feel and think that just by abstaining from eating meat, you can indulge in other non-virtuous and harmful deeds. Just as meat consumption is a non-virtuous act, similarly one should avoid other impure products such as drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Even if one abstains from meat consumption, if one indulges in alcohol, tobacco and drugs than as a local saying goes, it would be like mixing medicine with poison. By refraining oneself from impure products like drugs, alcohol and tobacco one can accumulate vast merit. Buddha said sue to the power of the merit that one has accumulated from the abstinence of impure products one will be able to fulfill all their wishes. The use of impure products bring forth obstacles in life and obstructs the successful completion of one’s efforts. Merit and virtuous action are synonymous. Thus, contemplating on this life and future lives it is practical that one should refrain from non-virtuous action and adopt virtuous action. And, without the 10 non-virtuous action the act of killing is considered as the primary non-virtuous act, the Buddha Dharma teaches that when one refrains from the primary non-virtuous act, it is easier to refrain and abandon the other 9 non-virtuous actions. When one refrains from act of killing, one naturally becomes a vegetarian.

In conclusion, I hope and pray that as a result of this talk show that all the people assembled here, will at least practice refraining from impure products for at least a day if not a lifetime; and find sustenance with pure products. Moreover, I sincerely hope that you can practice all that I have shared with you, and will provide advice and support to others as well. Today, as much as I would have liked to explain the teachings in detail, as I do not possess the knowledge and exposure I was not able to do so; and, should my words be incorrect and incomplete, more importantly, if I have offended any of your sensibilities then I offer my sincere apology. I hope that you will accept my apology, thank you, Kadinchey.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Is eating Meat same as eating vegetables?

 My friends (European) are insisting me, eating meat is same as eating vegetables. They are justifying their statement by meat they eat is from living animals and vegetables is also from living vegetable. In bottom line both meat and vegetables are from living. I am little bit confused with their question but still I can’t eat meat. I am going to be vegetarian. A month has been passed I turn to vegetarian. Becoming vegetarian was my dream. I had converted to vegetarian in the year 2011 to 2012 but unfortunately I broke my promise. Now I promise to be vegetarian throughout my life. This is simple sympathy I shall offer to my past parents.

Now, I am in need of justification that support eating meat is not same as eating vegetables. I would happy if you could give me the good justification so that I can explain them.



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Interview with Chatral Rinpoche.

Source: From one of the Friend's (Kezang Tshering Sir) comment in the facebook.
"Question: Why did you decide to stop eating meat? How old were you when you made this decision?
Rinpoche: It is written in many Theravadayana and Mahayana texts that one should not eat meat. There is also a Vajrayana text that says the same thing, that one should not enjoy meat or alcohol. Because of this I am following the instructions of Shakyamuni Buddha. Being a religious person, I don’t take meat or alcohol and at the same time I try to tell other people not to consume these things. This is my reason — I’m just trying to motivate other people. I was forty-seven years old when I went to Bodhgaya and made a vow to all of the buddhas and bodhisattvas to give up meat and alcohol.

Question: Why do you think vegetarianism is an important aspect of practicing the Dharma?
Rinpoche: If you take meat, it goes against the vows one takes in seeking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Because when you take meat you have to take a being’s life. So I gave it up.

Question: Some claim that one can help the animals one eats by praying for them, and thus eating meat is compassionate. Other than for the most accomplished yogis and lamas, what do you make of this claim?
Rinpoche: With supernatural powers gained through certain meditation practices, it is true that there are some realized beings who can revive animals from the dead and help them reach a higher rebirth or enlightenment by consuming small amounts of their flesh. But this is not done for sustenance, only for the purpose of helping that animal. I personally do not have that power and, because of that, I never eat meat. Eating meat in one’s diet is much different than eating flesh to liberate a being through supernatural powers. I am just an ordinary practitioner who really doesn’t have these qualities. So, if I ate meat it would be the same if you or any other lay person ate meat. I would be committing a sin and I would be getting negative karma. I don’t pretend as if I have special powers and eat meat, I just avoid it altogether.

Question: Do you see Tibetan Buddhists in exile making a sincere effort to reduce their meat consumption and become vegetarian, or has meat eating become an entrenched aspect of Tibetan culture?
Rinpoche: In Tibet, there’s only meat and tsampa [roasted barley flour] — there is no other staple food. Tibet is at a high altitude and the climate is tundralike. There are not many fruits and vegetables. After coming to South Asia, you really don’t have to follow the Tibetan custom of meat and tsampa. There are many types of fruits and vegetables, nutritional supplements — all kinds of good foods. Everything is available. So there is really no need to talk about the customs of Tibet as an excuse for eating meat. From my experience, not eating meat has many benefits. I’m eighty-eight and ever since I stopped eating meat, I haven’t had any major sickness. When I sleep, I sleep well. When I get up, I can walk right away. When I read religious texts, I can see them properly. I have very good hearing and can listen attentively. These are the qualities I have experienced from not eating meat. I didn’t get sick or die when I stopped eating meat; no negative consequences came to me. I can travel by vehicle, airplane, or train without getting nauseous or dizzy and I never get headaches. I am a human being formed with flesh and blood like anyone else and am proof that giving up meat does not make one ill like many Tibetans seem to think. I’m telling you from my own experience; only good things have happened to me from giving up meat.

Question: Some monks have told me that since insects are killed in the production of rice and other vegetables, then there is really no difference in eating those things and eating meat. What do you think about this?
Rinpoche: This would mean that you wouldn’t eat anything and would starve to death. If you say you were going to go for a month without killing insects through the food you eat, then you would die. If you die, this precious human life is wasted. So if you just let your body be destroyed, that means you are taking your own life, which is killing in itself. You can always take the insect from the rice when you see it and let it free outside. You don’t necessarily have to kill beings to eat. Although, when we walk we crush many insects under our feet. We may not see them or observe them, but still we must be killing them. Not being aware doesn’t mean that we haven’t created any sin, because after all, cause and effect are always there."

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Impermanence (Translated from oral speech of Buli Trulku Rinpoche),Did you ever see a death people coming back to world again
My first question to every reader “Did you ever see a death people coming back to world again?”  This question could be device that we the human should understand and takes action of our life. If you believe with above question then what could be solution to reborn back on the world. We are responsible for death of our apa, ama and sibling to reborn back to world if we are living after them. The absurdity associated in the society that great people noticed is that when their apa, ama or any sibling die, they cry for few days. But they forget after few days about death of his or her apa or ama. They start lying, bullying, killing and perform many task that involves sin. On top of his or her apa and ama is already in the ocean of anguish, the suffering (hell) as they did sin during stay on the earth, they will have extra burden of suffering as a result of his or her sibling doing deed related to sin on the earth. To pull our suffering apa and ama out of the hell, we should do good deeds to sentient being that has no sin.

It’s natural and every one of us think. A girl think, she is the most beautiful among the girls of the world. He is looking always to me. Seems he is admiring me. Now shall I say love you to him? And so on like praising words to her. These are the thought usually girls thinks.

On the other hand, boys do think similar to girls. I am handsome guy among the guys of the world. She is always looking to me. And so on that describes him in good way and praising him.  But nothing is permanence. Everything is impermanence. What we think are all lie. It has no truth in what we think about ourselves. In fact, what we think will harm us and let us to suffer one day. Always do good to others instead of all the nonsense by keeping the word impermanence of anything in our heart and soul. 
Buli Trulku Rinpoche

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mirror of mind and mirror of speech.

Expert said that one should look into mirror before you say something, particularly flaw to others. In our day to day life what above sentence mean is that we should always tell and talk with others with good words. The people should be happy if not normal (what he was before we talk with) after we talk with them. They sympathy and soft words that make other happy should be used instead of harsh and bad words.

More important, we have to keep in mind is way of joking and limit of joking. If we can avoid joking, it’s more than a good solution to avoid misunderstanding between our friends. Through joking many misunderstand will be created. Moreover joking is also a sin from the point of religion, as we utters none sense while joking. I regret for not fulfilling the promise. The promise of avoid joking with friends. Today 8th day of 7th month of Bhutanese calendar on auspicious day of the month, I promise, I will lead life of humble man. Let me try avoiding joking with friends.

With regards to the words of conversation, it’s wise to be insisted in formal language with good words. We speak with good words and the listener will be happy with what we insist. Speaking humbly with good words that hurt no one will cost or lose you no money. For our good way of conversation, the good merits deed will be considered. I am man who has problem in talking with friends. I always talk and comment as if I am the king. On top of commenting, I used harsh and bad words that hurt my friends. I felt myself sorry for innocent deeds. In deed I have no intention of hurting anyone with my words but out of frustration the words that have no value and respect in society were uttered one after another. I regret for my mistake out of ignorance. Now, realizing with my mistake ask me to be cautious while talking with friends. Did you realize of your mistake in way you talk? If we are to look into the mirror of our mind and speech after our deed with carefully, we are making mistake sometime.