The Way of the Bodhisattva:
A Commentary on Chapters
4 to 7 of the Bodhicharyavatara by Shantideva
CD tracks are cued to the verses.
Recorded live in English and Portuguese.
- Why Bodhicitta is Important
- The Three Compassions
- The Weapon of Wisdom
- The Crazy Elephant -- Our Mind
- Anger and Patience
- The Permanent Self and the Permanent Creator
- The Opposite of the Belief in Satan
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche has been a great
scholar and a great practitioner for many lives and in all of his
lives, he has demonstrated enlightened qualitiies. Due to his great
compassion, he returns tirelessly to this world to bring benefit
to all beings. Besides belonging to a generation which begins with
the great king T’hrison Detzan, who was an emanation of Manjusthri;
in this life, he is the grandson of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche.
from the Liner Notes from Vol. II
THE CHARIOT OF BODHICITTA
By Liz Hamill, Producer, Dakini Music
In 2001, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche returned
to Dzongsar Monastery in Eastern Tibet. Two exquisite photographs
in a book entitled, On the Path: Tibet
capture the moment in which Khyentse Rinpoche rides on
horseback into a huge crowd of Tibetan nomads. In black and white,
photographer Alan Kozlowski conveys something both medieval and
holy in this portrait of Khyentse Rinpoche.
In July 2003, Khyentse Rinpoche made a second
visit to Khadro Ling in Tres Coroas, Brazil, to continue teachings
on Shantideva's The Way of the Bodhisattva [Bodhicharyavatara].
He arrived in an elegant black and gold Cherokee Jeep and was just
about to release his second film, Travellers and Magicians,
to the international film festival circuit. In full techni-color,
there is something very hip and holy about Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
Dzongsar Monastery was once the site of the
palace of the Tibetan Prince Gesar of Ling. Khadro Ling, the site
of the first traditional Tibetan temple in Latin America, was founded
by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. Both places are centers of the teachings
and practices of the precious bodhicitta, the enlightened
wisdom and compassion in us all. In all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism,
Shantideva's Bodhicharavatara is considered
to be the quintessence of the teachings on bodhicitta.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche writes in the introduction to Kozlowski’s
book that nine hundred horsemen greet him simply for the name he
carries as the third incarnation of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
– principal lama at Dzongsar Monastery. This monastery was
the seat of the Rime or nonsectarian movement and excelled
in the teaching of traditional art and all Tibetan Buddhist schools
of thought and practice. This greeting was in fact a testimony to
the enduring blessings and teachings of the person who personified
the very spirit of nonsectarianism.
When he teaches, Khyentse Rinpoche draws easy
comparisons between such notable filmmakers as Ridley Scott, John
Boorman and Abbas Kiraostami along side great Buddhist thinkers:
Chandrakirti, Nagarjuna and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche - his own root
teacher. What do film and Buddhism have in common? The mind has
the potential to perceive life as cinema.
In the Vajrayana path, Rinpoche tells us, one
only needs the merit of devotion to the teacher – even a split
second – to become in tune with our own true inner movie lover.
Because of our lack of merit, we cannot hear the person sitting
next to us in the cinema – the teacher – tell us that
this film is just a projection of light through celluoid. We cannot
hear them whispering that this life, this movie, is not real, that
it is essenceless. A single moment of devotion has immense merit.
Then we too can have the teacher's own freedom of mind, his or her
depth of being.
On CD 1, track 1, Dzongsar Rinpoche quotes his
own precious teacher, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, from a time in Bodh
Gaya when he was his attendent. As an example of bodhicitta,
both typical and powerful from the Sutras, he states:
"If there's a chariot and there's no horse
to pull this chariot and if there are five hundred arhats on this
chariot, Shakyamuni Buddha might condescend to dragging this chariot
with his toe. But let's say suddenly, if there's one human being
who has heard the name bodhicitta, then Shakyamuni said
that he himself would have to drag this chariot with his neck."
At Khadro Ling in July of 2003, there was not
just one human being, but four hundred, who wanted to hear the name
bodhicitta from the man who is a living embodiment of it.
To be in the presence of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is to be in
all holy places at once: the Palace of Gesar, Dzongsar Monastery,
Bodh Gaya, Khadro Ling. He is the very presence of the living dharma.