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In 1987 Clear Vision filmed Dhardo Tulku Rimpoche, one of Sangharakshita’s main teachers and friends, whose life profoundly influenced how the FWBO/Triratna Buddhist Community developed. Two fascinating programmes resulted.
In part one Dhardo Rimpoche talks about: his discovery as an incarnate Lama; the early years of training; his gurus; why he journeyed to India; developing a monastery at Bodh Gaya; major turning points in his spiritual life and the importance of meditation.
Watch part two here vimeo.com/30390744
The fact that our wonderful human lives hang by a thread is what motivates many Buddhist practitioners to live each passing moment to the full, and to grow spiritually in the process. To do so requires the skill of becoming increasingly aware of our decisions – all of them – gradually making them more wise and compassionate.
Padmasambhava Mantra ll
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A second Vajra Guru mantra. This one inspired by, and based on a mantra written by Richard Page which he performs in this ‘Rest in Natural Great Peace’ YouTube:
So I’m indebted to Richard Page.
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“Asking for ordination was a big step for me but definitely a positive one. As with many decisions I make, I thought it through ad nauseam. I meditated about it, hashed it out in my mind several times for several weeks and then I virtually woke up one morning and it was crystal clear. Why not I asked myself? I already feel committed to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Since I began practicing over seven years ago I’ve been moving toward The Three Jewels but maybe wasn’t as aware of it as I currently am (I wasn’t as aware of many things prior to my practice). Triratna is definitely my spiritual community so what’s the problem? When I allowed my mind to settle down and think more skillfully, I realized Gong for Refuge just makes sense and is the “natural” next step for me and my practice.
Nothing has moved me in such a profound way as The Three Jewels and my aspiration and intention is that they are at the center of my life. Going For Refuge is my formal commitment to that end and I’m so privileged to be on this path with so many others who share the journey. If that’s not skillful, I don’t know what is!!”