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Heart Advice of Padampa Sangye

  1.  Child, don’t be sectarian.
  2. Child, understand the differences between the yanas with wisdom, not with grasping and clinging.
  3. Child, the sign of a great scholar is seeing everything as “one taste.”
  4. Child, if you realize that everything is mind, then there are no contradictions.
  5. Child, if you drink the milk of the sky, you will be totally satisfied.
  6. Child, if you give up all karmic activities, you will achieve permanent peace.
  7. Child, if you continue residing in caves and hermitages, the dakinis and dharmapalas will always gather around you.
  8. Child, if you meditate alone, you will naturally receive blessings.
  9. Child, if you meditate that the lama is always on your crown chakra, you will easily receive all the blessings.
  10. Child, if you contact all the dakinis of the three places, you will accomplish every beneficial activity.
  11. Child, if you give up all worldly affairs, that itself is Dharma.
  12. Child, if you exhaust your self-importance, the benefit of all beings is right there.
  13. Child, if you accomplish the fearlessness of realization, you achieve the highest of Dharma activities.
  14. Child, if you contact your inner wisdom, you will never be separate from great bliss.
  15. Child, if you remember the instructions all the time, you will always gain great certainty wisdom.
  16. Child, if you fear birth and death, meditate on rigpa awareness.
  17. Child, if you feel physical discomfort, you must rely on rigpa awareness meditation.
  18. Child, if you are distracted by external activities, you should focus your mind inward.
  19. Child, if your meditation becomes foggy and dull, merge your awareness with the sky.
  20. Child, if you are tired and bored with the practice, relax your mind in the deep nature.
  21. Child, if your mind is scattered, be in a state of “single thought.”
  22. Child, if your practice is increasing, there is no other commitment needed.
  23. Child, if grasping obscures your view, don’t be timid about cutting it away.
  24. Child, keep the Lama in your heart all the time, and all good qualities will come naturally.
  25. Child, give up worldly concerns and focus on the practice.
  26. Child, all the beings of the six realms are our parents; therefore, do not forsake your compassion for them.
  27. Child, all the activities of this world have no meaning; therefore, don’t get carried away by them.
  28. Child, everything is illusion; therefore, see everything as a display of the unborn.
  29. Child, this body is no different from earth and stone; therefore, don’t grasp.
  30. Child, this life is nothing but a dream; therefore, relax your mind in the original state.
  31. Child, death is inevitable—don’t be afraid.
  32. Child, the five poisons are constant obstacles; therefore, restrengthen your five wisdoms.
  33. Child, body and consciousness will certainly separate; therefore, meditate on the natural state.
  34. Child, the body is rented and must be abandoned; therefore, keep permanent residence in the true nature.
  35. Child, death will come soon; therefore, use your time well.
  36. Child, the bardo passage is long and narrow, so prepare now for that voyage.
  37. Child, concepts are wild and stubborn, so remain mindful at all times.
  38. Child, if you have no duality, that is the view.
  39. Child, when you realize that your mind is dharmakaya, that is meditation.
  40. Child, if you are not hypocritical and out of control, that is conduct.
  41. Child, if you don’t have deceitful thoughts, that is samaya.
  42. Child, if you realize that the nature of mind contains the three kayas, that is the fruit.
  43. Child, if you have realization that is unceasing and free from being born, then you are free from death.
  44. Child, if you control your winds and mind, all your wishes will be fulfilled.
  45. Child, if you perform the ganachakra (tsok) ceremony often, the dakinis will gather.
  46. Child, if you perform tsok and offer tormas, dharmapalas will gather around you.
  47. Child, if you complete the mantra recitations with meditation, powers will come.
  48. Child, if you meditate on the unborn, you will cut down samsara.
  49. Child, if you complete the six perfections, realization will come.
  50. Child, if you purify the winds of the life force, disease will disappear.
  51. Child, by accepting ascetic hardship, joy comes naturally.
  52. Child, if you master your mind, bliss will come.
  53. Child, if you don’t grasp to your body and mind, in your next life you will become famous.
  54. Child, if you give up your body, this is the ultimate protection.
  55. Child, if you become forgetful of the teaching, you go against the teachings of the Buddha.
  56. Child, if you give Dharma for worldly reasons, you will be punished by dakinis.
  57. Child, if you speak beautifully but behave badly, you become the worst of practitioners.
  58. Child, talk won’t help others; therefore, act for their benefit.
  59. Child, if you realize that mind is the source of samsara and nirvana, that is Buddha.
  60. Child, the final reward is the realization that there is nothing to be gained.
  61. Child, give up your concerns with this life: think of your future lives.
  62. Child, use the three poisons as the path, and the three kayas will naturally come.
  63. Child, if your mind is not wandering in duality, that is dharmakaya.
  64. Child, if you can benefit others without distraction, that is rupakaya.
  65. Child, the fruit of the three kayas comes from your mind and nowhere else.
  66. Child, if you listen to what I say and keep it in your heart, you will become my supreme heart child.
  67. Child, when you have anger and attachment, watch those thoughts.

source: http://padmasambhava.org/pema_mandala/PemaMandala_2015_lowrez.pdf

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highest view

Segala sesuatu yg ada adalah suci, murni …

Yg membedakan baik atau buruk, kecil atau besar, dan segala dualitas lainnya adalah si ego.

Beri jeda sejenak, beri jarak, hening (mind the gap)

Jangan terjemurus dalam penilaian (judgement).

Jangan menjadi auto-pilot karena kebiasaan2 yg sudah2.

Tapi pikirkan mengapa itu terjadi ? mengapa bisa begitu ?

Bertanya dan mencoba mengerti..

Semuanya adalah persepsi.

Biasakan melihat hal2 positif dalam segala sesuatu (always look at the bright side)

Karena semuanya adalah suci. Semuanya adalah pelajaran (teaching).

Niscaya kedamaian akan kita peroleh.

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Bodhisattva

Di puncak Candi Borobudur bisa ditemui sumpah bodhisattva. Mahluk apakah bodhisattva itu ?

Berikut kutipan dari bab 3 buku Bodhicaryavatara (sumber dari sini).

May I eliminate the pain of hunger and thirst
With a shower of food and drink;
And, in the times of the middle eons of famine,
May I myself change into food and drink.

For limited beings, destitute and poor,
May I become a treasure that never runs out
And remain in their presence
As a variety of sorts of useful things.

May I be a guardian for those with no guardian,
A pathfinder for those who are on the road,
And a boat, a ship, and a bridge
For those who would cross.

May I be an island for those seeking an island,
A lamp for those desiring a lamp,
A bed for everyone wishing a bed,
And a servant for every embodied being
 who would want a servant.

May I be a wish-granting gem, a vase of excellence,
Mantras of pure awareness, magnificent medicine,
Wish-granting trees, and cows of plenty
For embodied beings.

And eternally, like earth and so on –
The great elements – and space,
May I serve, in a plenitude of forms, as the basis for life
For fathomless numbers of limited beings.

Sekilas tampak mulia sekali, bukan? Lebih lanjut tentang bodhisattva ini bisa dibaca di buku ini: Bodhicaryavatara

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Apa manfaat meditasi ?

“There are two levels of benefit experienced by the practitioner of meditation. The first benefit is the immediate improvement in the conditions of daily life. The practice of meditation leads to a mind that is more peaceful, more tranquil and more at ease. Because the mind is more relaxed, events that usually disturb us seem to take on less importance and we stop taking them in such a serious way. Likewise, through meditation the mind gradually learns to be independent of external conditions and circumstances. This mind that is unaffected by outer conditions is then able to discover its own stability and tranquility. A stable mind, one that is not disturbed, leads to the experience of less suffering in our lives. These are the immediate benefits that come from regular meditation practice.

The long-term benefit of meditation is that when the mind is pacified, this gradually leads to purification of the mind’s basic ignorance, which ultimately leads to buddhahood or enlightenment. In this state of enlightenment, the confusion of ordinary, everyday life no longer exists.”

Sharmapa.

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Vajrayana / Diamond Way.

OK, karena banyak yg masuk ke blog ini karena tulisan tentang meditasi pranayama dan kebetulan beberapa bulan terakhir ini saya mempunyai banyak waktu luang. Saya sempat belajar tentang Tibetan meditation.

Metoda meditasi di Tibet termasuk dalam kategori Buddhism. Sebenarnya Buddhism ini cuma label bukanlah agama. Tidak ada Tuhan. Yang ada adalah Buddha. Dan inipun bukan orang atau nabi, melainkan istilah dimana seseorang telah mencapai enlighten (mind full development, susah diterjemahkan ke bahasa indonesia). Setiap orang mempunyai Buddha potensial dan sudah ada jalannya (path) untuk menuju Buddha-hood. Tidak peduli itu laki-laki atau perempuan. Semua memiliki Buddha nature. Istilah bahasa Indonesia-nya: memang dari sono-nya..

Sama seperti belajar di sekolah. Kita belajar bisa melalui baca buku sendiri, mendengarkan rekaman, atau sekarang bisa menonton video dari Youtube. Tapi tetap cara belajar yang paling cepat adalah melalui seorang guru. Begitu pula dalam belajar meditasi, kita bisa mengalami perkembangan pesat dalam meditasi jika memiliki seorang guru yang otentik. Guru sejati yang telah enlighten. Bukan guru abal-abal atau mengaku-aku.

Di Tibet, kita mengenal Dalai Lama. Beliau ini salah seorang guru. Dalai Lama ini berasal dari lineage (aliran) Gelug. Ada lineage lain di Tibet, seperti Kagyu, Sakya, Nyingma. Lineage Gelug sebenarnya lebih ke arah intelektual dengan penekanan kepada debat-debat atau diskusi. Menurut saya yang lebih menarik adalah lineage Kagyu. Di lineage ini guru utamanya adalah Karmapa, saat ini adalah Karmapa XVII. Hati-hati karena ada interferensi pemerintah Cina ada dua Karmapa XVII. Di lineage Kagyu ini praktek-praktek meditasi lebih ditekankan. Ada berbagai jenis meditasi. Tujuan akhirnya adalah untuk menjadi seorang Buddha.

Supaya posting ini tidak panjang, berikut link-link tentang Kagyu lineage:
http://karmapa.org/
– http://www.diamondway-buddhism.org/

Penjelasan di Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma_Kagyu_Lineage

Kebetulan saya pernah mengikuti salah satu Puja / Empowerment (ini gak tahu bahasa Indonesia-nya apa). Ritualnya mirip seperti upacara di pura-pura di Bali. Hanya kurangnya di Bali, pada saat upacara tidak ada visualisasi dari wujud yang kita puja.

Ilmu leak di Bali konon merupakan perpaduan antara Ciwaism dan Vajrayana. Seorang yang ingin mempelajari ilmu Leak mesti latihan di tempat-tempat yang sunyi seperti kuburan. Ini mirip seperti salah satu guru di aliran Kagyu ini, yaitu Tilopa. (Baca kisah hidupnya disini  Dia selalu berlatih di kuburan. Lebih lanjut silahkan baca link-link di atas, terutama di Wikipedia.

Oh ya, antara Buddhism Tibetan dan Indonesia ternyata ada hubungan. Jaman abad ke 10 (atau 11) Masehi dulu ada seorang guru di Tibet (Atisha)  yang sempat datang ke Indonesia (Jawa di Borobudur) untuk belajar kepada Dharmakirti.

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Starting to write again

It has been a long time I didn’t update this blog. Time flies fast. I am finishing my PhD project this year. I got a nice advice that I should keep writing on everything. You know as a graduate student, writing skill is a must. Similarly, as a researcher, one should note actively. Do you know Thomas A Edison had such immense notes ? Millions of pages..

Well, we should be actively write everyday. At least one or two paragraphs may be quite healthy.