Within the three realms of existence, karma manifests in a variety
of ways. Beings are led astray by the effects of ignorance, self-cherishing and
arrogance - three poisons which influence the majority of our actions. When we
carefully evaluate the effects of these afflictive emotions, we realize that they
produce unfavorable outcomes for us in both this lifetime and the next. One can
understand that they are a source of suffering and harm to oneself and others.
I am deeply saddened when I think of those who either do not understand this fact
or understand but remain controlled by their afflictive emotions. When thoughtfully
evaluated, it is clear that no benefit can result from trying to achieve one's
objectives through hatred and attachment. Instead, one will achieve only unfavorable
It is important that we not take seriously the suffering we feel by failing to
fulfill our desires. Always remember the far greater suffering of cyclic existence
and the three lower realms. With an uncontrived state of mind, strive to realize
the nature of reality. For the benefit of all sentient beings, generate the altruistic
thought of enlightenment (bodhicitta) and perform the meditation of giving
joy and taking on the suffering of others (tonglen).
Pray to your guru and the triple gem with devotion and dedicate the merit you
and others have accumulated throughout the three times to all sentient beings.
By following these instructions, you will benefit both yourself and others in
this life as well future lives.
I am deeply saddened by the tragic events of recent days and offer my condolences
to those affected. People of many different countries were killed or injured at
the World Trade Center and other places in the U.S. The attack has also caused
a great deal of financial and economic damage as well. But I am fearful and saddened
by the prospect of these events leading to war and becoming a major obstacle for
peace in the world. I sincerely request world leaders to consider their actions
carefully and decide upon a course that will be beneficial to all beings. May
their decisions be clear and motivated by pure intent.
I pray to the triple gems for peace and happiness in the world, especially now
in America. I dedicate the merit I have accumulated in the three times to the
people who died in these tragic events and all motherly sentient beings. I request
all my dharma friends, students and devotees all over the world who are directly
or indirectly connected to me, to come together in practicing tonglen,
dedicating merit and praying for peace without allowing ourselves to be carried
away by delusion or afflictive emotions.
We are in the process of transcribing
one of HH Penor Rinpoche's teachings on Tonglen.