Awakened by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s speech: Actually, being in the present, if we can only put some effort, and some attention to it. It’s easier than being in the past and the future. Simply because, the present is there, right in front of you. But you know, as in everything, you need to get used to it, you need to habituate yourself. I think it is because of this, people are finding it difficult, to habituate themselves to be in the present, because they have so much habit being, being in the past and future. So it’s a new habit. It is difficult, that one. Selling the dream is easier I think.

A producer of series Buddha, Mr Liang Dong asked: Shouldn’t people have a dream? A dream of one’s ideal life?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s speech: Yes, but you know, by the time it actually comes true, your previous version of what you had dreamt is already modified I think. Another problem is once that comes true, the dream is not going to stop. Many time things that you dare not dream that could come true too. So why deprive yourself. You know, concentrate on what you dream.

A translator and Architect, Mr Kris Yao said: Rinpoche repeatedly said that language is very vague and ambiguous, but we have to use language.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s speech: I was going through some newspapers, there is a dating service, so it came up. Dating. You need confidence for dating, isn’t it? If you have confidence, then even though you have forgotten to use Listerine this morning, you would really go close to somebody, you would need confidence. How do you have the confidence when you know “form is emptiness”, “emptiness is form”, “form is no other than emptiness”, and “emptiness is not different from form”. That’s when you have confidence. When you look at the mirror, you see your face, but we also know, it’s not really there, isn’t it? Otherwise, you need to have two shaving blades, everything double you need. So we kind of know it’s not really there. So sort of “form is emptiness”. We know. But we also cannot deny, that is not there. You can’t say that, Every time you look, it’s there. It’s very useable. If looking at that lip, you apply the lipstick on this lip, it works. you don’t have to do it on that. And you also know that I am not different from that reflection, that reflection is also no different from me. Kind of. But this is the only rare occasions that we sort of have that kind of knowledge or understanding. But according to Avalokiteshvara and Shariputa, everything we experience is like that. That is difficult to chew. Especially, when things matter, and it doesn’t even have to be so big, it can be something so small like, somebody scratches your expensive Ferrari, you get mad, you don’t think Ferrari is emptiness, emptiness is Ferrari, you don’t think like that. Or if someone pinches your girlfriend’s bottom, oh you know, there is none of these four aspects of emptiness. Why? Strong habit. Habit of thinking something truly exists. Look at me. Look at you. You are going to break down. Certain amount of revulsion towards worldly life is necessary. Everything. You know. The one you loved the most, you probably end up hating most. All of that is good to really contemplate on. At least you should think that, this life cannot be fixed permanently, it’s always going to, it’s bit like my car, by the way, it’s always breaking drown.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s speech: What is compassion? Usually, compassion is like having some sympathy towards poor destitute being but that’s not the real compassion. Because that kind of compassion is very dualistic meaning, this powerful being, looking down at the sentient being who is suffering, you know, I as saviour, and he or she is sort of the recipient of your love and compassion. It’s very dualistic.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche said: My immediate next life would be good if I don’t have to be a person who gives religious influence with a religious look, I pray and hope that I will still give Buddhist influence but not with the Buddhist look, because I struggle with not being genuine and hypocrisy and I also struggle with people’s assumption and expectations and so on and so forth.

Mr Liang Dong asked: My first question is what is the biggest misunderstanding about Buddhism and Dharma practice. As a teacher, what is the most important thing that you would like to clarify?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche answered: I have never been asked this, this is an important question, I think there is always a tendency that religion, just any religions, is something to do with ethics and morality, while this is of course true. Buddhism does have lots of teachings of ethics and morality, it is really important, that we know, that in Buddhism, it is only secondary, morality and ethics are secondary. Wisdom, the quest for the truth is the primary. That is the most important.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s speech: Liberation is fundamentally discovering the truth. The one who is liberated, his name is the Buddha.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s interview: From the practitioners, from the academy students, from just bystanders, just out of curiosity, every time I get asked questions about Buddhism, the decision is already made, that Buddhism has something to do with morality. And that usually is sort of the beginning of miscommunication. You know I feel it’s like if you ask a scientist, as a scientist, should we not take garlic, it’s almost like that, But understandable because you know, Buddhism does have the elaborate and long-standing sort of traditional cultural and religious aspects which also serve lots of the purposes. Buddhist value on love and compassion, non-violence and all of that does have lots of influence and good influence I would say. So I feel that this struggle you know whether Buddhism is a religion or not, is it just a science or not, is it a philosophy or not, that sort of indecision is going to go on for a while and I think it’s a good thing and that’s how it should be. I think. I’m almost proud of that’s how it is.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s speech: It would be so easy if Buddha said ok. All Buddhists, no chicken, go to Bodhgaya once in a lifetime, like that, all Buddhists must wear socks, Buddhism would be so easy, so easy.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s interview: It doesn’t have things like how to punish a thief or how to perform a marriage ceremony even or how should Buddhist pay tax to whatever the Buddhist world. Buddhism does not really have an interest in social structure.

Mr Liang Dong asked: When you visit many monasteries and temples, you might see donation boxes put out there which implies that people should pay tax through donation, what does Rinpoche think of this situation?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche answered: Well this is always going to be a challenge, I have talked to many Buddhist leaders, like for instance, in the monasteries where there are a lot of monks, you know, some of the older abbots get a little bit paranoid about girls whatever. But many times, it’s the money that is much more embedded obstacle, You do need money, otherwise, especially now you can not move even one inch without the money. You can always say with this money you can do lots of good things and often times, lots of good things happen because of money. But it is also because of wealth or the money really corrupts a spiritual person’s mind. Because the girl issue is very visible, black and white, also it ruins just one, two, three, or may be a hundred people. But money is too grey, and it could ruin the whole monastery, and we still do not know that we are ruined. It would be good if there is a knowledge from both sides, the receiver and the giver, if this is a given properly and received properly and used properly, it would be good. But I just don’t see such organisation, you know that will take a lot of organisation, I don’t know it would be efficient.

Mr Liang Dong asked: In China, Confucianism, Christianity, Catholicism and Islamism, each has its own followers. There are also people who only believe in money. What do you think should one have at least one clear value? What should one do if those different values conflict with each other?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche answered: Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism have been there in the Chinese bone and gene for centuries. I don’t see there is a conflict and even if there is, Chinese have learnt to sort of manoeuvre, you know, within these three. Fundamentally, we want to be happy. In order to be happy, we realise that we are living in a world of dependent arising. So there is no such thing that only I become happy, it’s just not possible, you know. mathematically speaking. This is where I think people who only believe in money but nothing spiritual, maybe this is something we need to know, so values such as love and compassion, forgiveness, not cheating, basically not doing something harmful to others, that if someone else does it to you, you will not like. There are certain religions that talk about how only their way will work and only their God is the only true God. The problem with that is it always excludes those who don’t follow that system. So these are the things that coming generations, not just Chinese, Indians, everybody you know, we need to be aware of that.

Mr Liang Dong asked: On education, many families provide their children with so many resources to enable them to have the best education, expecting them to become elites. However, when the children grow up, they are not happy. Why is that?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche answered: It’s like this, you know I think, parents, teachers, schools, all of these, fundamentally need one humility, and that is accepting, that we are brainwashing them. We may think we are doing good for them, we are educating them, we are making them pass these exams, you know all of that, but you know fundamentally, you are trying to brainwash them, so that they will think and act your way. I’m not suggesting that we should stop educating them, like sending them school, I’m not suggesting that I just think that we need to have that humility, fundamentally, and then, even to cook a tomato soup, even if we follow the recipe and instructions, still taste different. Each child is a different tomato. This is something that we need to remember. As we know, many of the successful people have not finished their schools. We need to think about how to give our kids confidence. The confidence of not being a graduate from elites universities but the confidence of being simply human that I think is kind of fundamental because many times we are given a reference. We are supposed to achieve confidence when we reach that reference and that’s like sucking up into someone else’s ideas. Human beings are fundamentally kind, kindness and love really are the basis of confidence also. By and large, almost all of us appreciated when love is given, I mean when we begin with, when we were a child, we appreciate our parents for giving us love and caring, so we have a very good reference. And thinking about the whole rather than just parts, that’s also quite important. I think the children need to be taught that there is basic goodness that they have. I think it’s always like this, isn’t it? I mean, for instance, you meet some people, ok let’s say in the elevator, there are kids, who are wearing all these branded, you know like expensive clothes, and they are even beautiful or handsome, but maybe they are not humble, so, therefore, they are not polite, probably because the kindness and compassion is not much informed. So when you meet them in the elevator, you get annoyed by just their pressure, and they don’t actually look good, The clothes look good of course because they are all branded. I use the elevator because it’s such a small time, only like three minutes you are spending in the entire life. And sometimes you meet these kids who are shabbily dressed, they may even not be beautiful looking or good looking but then they are kind, they are polite, and somehow you get attracted to them because they are so polite, and you feel wow what a nice kid. All the branded goods you can always buy in the basement of some shopping malls. But kindness, you know, we have to somehow give them that information. You know, I like someone polite to me, so they must like if I am polite to them. It’s very simple.

Mr Liang Dong asked: In China, there are lots of children living in a single parent family. One reason is divorce. There are many children because father often goes out to work very busy so which makes a pseudo single parent family. It is a single parent feeding. What advises do you have for the mothers of such single-parent families since the mothers play the most important role under this circumstance?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche answered: It is very modern 21st-century phenomena, the single parenting, I think we need also to realise that we should not be too stuck with sort of the older value and the older ideal values. I think you know some of our generations, not only we had likes parents, we had like parents’ parents, so there is the whole football team looking after you. That is almost gone now. I have to say thanks to Confucianism, China still has that. But time has changed. So it that really good for the child, you can’t really say absolutely yes, that kind of the whole team you know involving probably not necessarily all so good. So what I am saying is single parenting can be nourishing and could be good. But then you see the thing is we have a certain value that we are stuck with so if you are trying to clutch into that and then do the single parenting I think you would have a lot of problems. There are lots of values that are changing, isn’t it? In the world, I mean there are so many reasons, that sheer population has gone up. Single parenting does not necessarily mean it is a disaster, whole team parenting also does not necessarily mean it’s good. Many times if the parents are not coordinating very well, if they are not cohesive, it only looks good on the group photograph that’s about it.

Mr Liang Dong asked: What do you think is the key problem of modern education?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche answered: I think one of the key problems with modern education is it’s not modern enough because we are sort of stuck you know for instance like in India they are still studying what is left behind by the British. Certain old system we are so stuck with because some of us are so comfortable with it. Also, modern education put too much value on materialistic things. "Having" seems to be much more important than "being". And not only education, the modern system is I would not say problematic, but it’s definitely changing. Nowadays, through the chat room, you can abuse somebody you don’t know at all, and quite you know viciously. It actually can damage somebody you know really bad. Even just about thirty years ago, that did not exist. But modern time has also brought a lot of good things, and it has the potential to bring a lot of good things.

Mr Liang Dong said: I see in Rinpoche true openness not only with respect to religions but also to the future. We often think a religious figure must hold on to certain long-standing values but I see a kind of openness to the future brought by Rinpoche’s firm belief in the value of impermanence.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche replied: Actually I should give that credit to Buddha. Because actually, the teachings of Buddha have no old value or new value, it is just a simple fact. It’s knowing certain truth, that’s the fundamental Buddhism is about that.

Mr Liang Dong asked: Nowadays, technology develops so fast. What can we do to help our children to gain certain abilities that enable them to become someone valuable to society in the future?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche replied: One thing I can say is I think modern children have a lot of padding like when you play American football, there is a lot of padding. I don’t know how good those paddings are, maybe it’s not helping the children to grow and especially sort of the modern or western influences. If you ask children to draw something straight, if they don’t, you should say no, you didn’t do a good job, but nowadays, we learn to say, wow, so beautiful, whatever the children do, we say beautiful. I don’t know how good that is. I think children also need to you know like the immune system, immune booster, how many immune boosters we eat every day. I heard that Swiss kids when they go to London they get sick, so in Switzerland I heard, I don’t know how true this is that the kids are given two dirt pills each year so they can resist. We are only talking about physical, but there are so many emotional also you have to grow, you have to develop, I am not saying that growing up is such a good thing, but they have no choice. And there are so many kids nowadays intellectually they are brilliant, but emotionally they are just so immature. So they drink, drug, or if that doesn’t work, jump from the building, so I think, a little bit bruised here and there is kind of important.

Mr Liang Dong asked: Perhaps I could ask a more sensitive question if someday Rinpoche has his own children, how would he educate them for the future?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche replied: Personally me, I think I would give it to somebody to take care. I don’t think I will be a good educator, because of many reasons, I will also blind, you know my children, I will always have a certain way of looking at my child. I would still let the child go to normal education, but whenever there is a chance, whenever there is an opportunity, I will try to bring the information on how things are interdependent, I will bring the information on cause and effect, I will bring information on kindness and love and compassion. And in fact, when they have compassion, love, kindness, this wholesomeness, that’s like the key to them becoming more beautiful and more handsome and more elegant.

Mr Liang Dong asked: Next I would like to ask some questions about marriage. Nowadays, many people are not happy mainly because of two reasons, one is no money, and another is marriage. My understanding is Buddhism does not encourage marriage is that correct? I want to ask.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche replied: No actually as I said, this is not encouraged or discouraged, of course, if you want to become a monk, then you are not supposed to be married. Personally, I want Buddhists to have a lot of children, but marriage is another issue. I think marriage can be very good but again as I said earlier, there are certain values, that we may be unnecessarily holding on to. There are certain values that are written 2000 years ago, how a couple should be and blah blah blah all that. You know like loyalty, commitment. But we have to also remember during those days, in a certain society, there is a certain understanding that wife will cook while husband will go and work, a wife will do the laundry, you know that’s how it is, it used to be. Now in America for instance, if you talk about cooking is wives’ job, then you already condemned as like being sexist. It will come even to China, I am sure this value because things have changed. 2000 years ago there was no WeChat, so between husband and wife the loyalty, we are only talking about you know on the physical the grosser level. Now there is a whole cyber world, you know. Things have changed a lot. Probably in the past, a wife is assumed to be dependent on the husband. But nowadays that’s changing. Wife wants to watch her own television episodes. And husband wants to drive his own car, all things like that. It’s everything you know. Then also, of course, the whole consumerism, in the world, definitely wants you to buy two cars, and the stuff like that. There is that. So the marriage, you know this conflict between trying to be independent, valuing independent, and trying to stick still you know, being dependent on each other. There is going to be some conflicts there. But maybe you know, modern husband and wife should think about marriage as a company. For economic reasons. So that you can enjoy both one house, to have children because both love children, and also have an agreement to do whatever they want to do, it’s you know, we have to think like that. But there is always an option to really stick with the old value, the vow, the marriage, the loyalty, all of that, you know. One still has the freedom to choose that if they want. I know several of my American friends, it’s so amazing to see the husband doing all the housework, you know, as an Asian, when I was growing up, I only see women carrying the baby, changing the diaper, cooking, while husband is going out and coming back around the afternoon. But I have seen in the West, the role is changed. And to me, it’s kind of amusing, but it makes sense. We can still keep a lot of old values, but we might have to be forced to change certain values, maybe it’s good and makes more sense to change certain values, so that you have less problems, but everywhere divorce is going up.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s speech: This is the time, the age, year, day, while there are 1800 nuclear heads, that are just on high alert, supposedly in the world. There is an age when iPhone is getting cheaper and cheaper, and the food is getting more and more expensive. This is a paradox, in one way the most materialistic age, so to have some sort of longing to the Shunyata, which from a materialist point of view, is like the ultimate way of wasting time. So it is important that you know we are aquatinted with this, we as a Buddhist fanatic, I believe the world is still peaceful, and the world is still sort of roaming around because of the existence of shunyata. This is the key machine, because the blessing of shunyata, still going on at the moment sort of in a harmonious way.

Mr Liang Dong asked: Technologies are changing very fast nowadays, such as the AI that could beat the best GO master if one day there is a technology that creates a pill or chemical that could make people reach a deep meditation state that one experiences with Buddhist practice a sort of spiritual bliss, would we still need to go through all the hardship of practice?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche replied: If such kind of technology or chemistry medicine pills is produced, it will cut the root of the ignorance, the delusions, it’s fantastic. I will be very happy to use it right away myself, to begin. But I am talking about totally discontinuing, discontinue your ability to have subject and object mind. I will consider that engineer or scientist a great bodhisattva.

Mr Liang Dong asked: Nowadays, local protectionism prevails. The United States has closed its door, Europe is in the whirlpool of division, the whole world seems to be in a trend of coming back to anti-globalisation. From Rinpoche’s point of view, what kind of role is Buddhism playing in this backdrop?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche replied: I think quite a lot actually because to being with Buddhism teaches us there is not a single system that is perfect. That is a very important knowledge to have. The economy, politics, technology, all of these are never going to satisfy our wants and needs completely. Buddhism is probably the only system that has a complete sort of know-how or technology to really work with the mind, and that is so important. A mind is much more important than anything else. Because if you don’t control your mind, all the others almost no point of controlling.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s speech: You are not your mind’s boss, your mind is your boss, you cannot control, how do we do that. There is a trick, you choose an object to concentrate on, any kind anything, your salt shaker, your fork, your breathing, doesn’t matter, just choose one. And then you focus your mind on that. Don’t think about other things, only that thing. Do it now. Ok, more likely you will all come back and say, you couldn’t. Maybe a split moment you concentrate and then you think about something else, right? Yea, you will say, can’t concentrate, if I am a good teacher, I would give you a medal, this is your first “nyam” (experience). The moment you try to concentrate on something that you end up knowing is you cannot, which is a purpose. So for most of you lazy bones, I would say another 12 years you will just keep on if you keep on thinking every day. I just can’t concentrate; I can’t concentrate, maybe 10 times. Good, very good practice, you are practising. Remember, knowing that you are always getting distracted help making the mind malleable.

Mr Liang Dong asked: Rinpoche has said that many practitioners’ hearts are too stiff. Even including yourself, so I am wondering how you define a softened heart.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche replied: I think when your heart is softened, you will always feel an urgency, so I think less lazy I guess. This is what my teacher said. Sometimes I should wear the most bright dress and make people notice me so that I will build a bridge a link between them and me so that I can benefit them one way or the another. That’s how those bodhisattvas, who’s my teacher, whose heart is softened, so to speak, by their compassion. They think in this detail. Nothing is wasted, not even a choice of a tie that you are going to wear.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s speech: Now we will talk a little bit of practice again. How do we practice with no nose, no eyes, no this, no that, "form is emptiness", "emptiness is form", how do we do this, I will give you something priceless, you should really write this down and do this. For most of you, I would say this is the best for you. Ok, ready to hear? Long for it! That’s it. Ok, mediate, not mediate, study decipher, contemplate, up to you. If you want to do this, fine, be my guest. But what I really want you to do is long for prajnaparamita (the Perfection of ,Transcendent, Wisdom). Long. Wish. Be this the only concern you have. That’s it. That’s all you need actually. Really. I am serious. I am not making this up. I can quote Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and so many masters. This you should be able to do it. I will sooner fold my palms together and venerate towards you, to those who are longing. Even though you have no clue what it is but somehow long for it. I like that. It’s very good.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s speech: Your motivation is so important. Motivation will determine your path, you should not listen to these teachings actually even for the sake of your enlightenment. Who cares about your enlightenment., one’s own enlightenment. That is the Mahayana (seeking complete enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings) attitude, I don’t care whether I get enlightenment or not, I want everyone to be enlightened. That is your motivation. You should not be worried about whether you are practising dharma OK. That you are sitting properly or not. You are getting closer to the enlightenment or not, those are very lesser attitude, coward attitude, you should try to avoid that. If your motivation is grand, then you would hear it in a grand way,

Mr Liang Dong asked: Rinpoche has said, the practice of dharma, requires a grand view, but how grand and a view is it. What kind of view is the view of a Bodhisattva? A Bodhisattva could see thousands of past lives, lives of being a bird or a fish as if wearing magic VR glasses. How does it feel like?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche answered: Within the relative world, it is very true, and it is actually something achievable. I always this, you know, if you are at my age, past 50, then you can already have a view. Even though you are the most lucky you will only live for another let’s say 50 years. So I have a grand view, I will be thinking that and it will affect everything the way I shop, the way I eat, you know, proper life management. Most of the ordinary people don’t have that kind of grand view. In fact, they have a strange grand view, They live as if they are going to stay here forever. That’s just not true.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s interview: So this is how the bodhisattva look at their lives. They are not only looking at this life, but they are also looking at all the lives, of the past and especially the future. So it’s a bit like this, ok, Bodhisattva has a job, to enlighten all the sentient beings. So when a bodhisattva dies, he is not going to lose his job, he’s already eager to work continuously to the next life. So less reasons to be sad, because you know sadness only comes when you only believe in this small one life. So just like a big manager in the company when he has so many things to do and at the night he is going to take a rest, you know you need sleep. That’s how the bodhisattva must be looking at when they are dying.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s speech: It’s a bit like this. If I ask one of these attendants here to clean this glass, this is a little dirty clean it. They have complete confidence that this is cleanable. They will think, oh, this is easy, just go and wash. Cleanable. Likewise, when bodhisattvas go and roam around benefiting sentient beings when they look at these strange, aggressive, emotional, defiled sentient beings, bodhisattvas they get excited. They think finally I have something doable here. Basically. When the bodhisattvas look at the defiled beings, they seem almost like a Buddha in making.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche answered: What is the truth of life? The aspect of life is imputed, imagined, assumed, and taken for granted. Ok.

Mr Kris Yao asked: And the second question is about how can we make use of sleeping time to be aware or practice, sleeping yoga?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche answered: That you know we can. People should think that when they are sleeping if they can. I’d like them to think they are dying. This is a preparation for the death. I am now going to die, and I am really aspired to see the face of the Amitabh Buddha, this is what people should think.

Mr Kris Yao asked: And the third question is can our thoughts really change the world?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche replied: Oh yes, very much. That’s the only thing that can change the world, nothing else.

Mr Kris Yao’s interview: I think the beauty of Buddhism lies in its vastness and depth, it can be illustrated in a very simple way but could also be very profound. For instance, we could see some old men and woman in the countryside who only chant the name of the Amitabha Buddha. They can also attain impressive achievements. It could be as simple as that. But there are also other profound ways. That’s why Buddha taught in 84000 methods.

Mr Liang Dong asked: Do you sometimes feel amazed by the fortune of having the opportunity to spend time with Rinpoche?

Mr Kris Yao replied: Yes, I must have done something right in my past life so that I get such opportunities this time around.

Mr Liang Dong asked: Many people also want to ask this question, how can we balance the conflict between our karma and aspiration. Often times we are driven by our karma, wanting to become a certain type of person, but at the same time, we might also want to become another person, How can we keep a beautiful balance between our Karma and aspiration?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche replied: It’s a bit like that you know playing cards, once the cards are given to you, you have not much choice, you have to play with that. You only have control with whatever you have but I guess you can slowly slowly learn not to play the cards. So that you don't even have to go through the burden to go through your cards. So that’s what supposedly the spiritual people are trying to do.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s speech: So basically, the whole 84000 Buddha Dharma, is actually a technique to work with the habit, if there is no habit, no jobs for the Buddhas. No habit means no sentient beings, that means no ignorant beings, no need path, no goal, no Buddha.

Mr Liang Dong asked: Rinpoche I heard that you said you prefer to reborn as a prostitute to benefit sentient beings in your next life. Could you explain, why you have made such as wish?

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche replied: That was, it didn’t come out from my mouth casually. And also, as president and the prime ministers too. You know, the role of a Lama, only benefit those already converted ones, so easy, compared to what prostitutes can do. That’s it.

Mr Liang Dong responded: Thank you. Well, this is a great wish but also heard one should be careful with one’s wish, because it might come true.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche replied: This one I will not be careful. And I’m not the first one, many many bodhisattvas in the past, I am emulating actually the previous bodhisattvas. Not that I am claiming that I am such a big bodhisattva, but I’m aspiring.

Mr Liang Dong responded: Well from this point of view, we might need to respect all the prostitutes because they could be Bodhisattvas.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche replied: I would say the ratio of bodhisattvas that you could find in the red light district, I will not be surprised if there are more there than in the monasteries, in the caves, and you know in the holy places.

Mr Liang Dong said: I found a character on him, he is very relaxed when facing to the crowd, but when he is alone with me during the interview, he is shy. I don’t know whether he is infected by me, or I am infected by him. It lasted like this till the end. I don’t know. Maybe our director Zhouhang can make a good montage to hide my nervousness and humbling.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s speech: Too many of me, so boring.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche said: Why we are not understanding that "form is emptiness", "emptiness is form", so on and so forth. Because when the thought comes, we usually instead of knowing this thought, we follow this thought, and this thought creates more thoughts, more entanglement, more principles, values, fixations, then it leads to hope and fear. Now, by being in the present, and again and again. Its speed and strength of creating the habit. The machine will slow down. We talk about how samsara(cyclicality of all life) is useless, samsara is suffering. All of that. But that’s not the real reason for the renunciation. The real reason for the renunciation of the samsara is because the samsara is shunyata, it doesn’t exist. There is no ignorance, there is no also end of ignorance, there is no death, there is no end of death, there is no Four Nobel Truth. This is said by the same guy who taught the Four Nobel Truth. You need to know this. This is the brilliance of the Shakyamuni Buddha. Basically and importantly, Buddhism is not s survival kit for some tribes, it is not bound by culture, race, gender, none. And the end of the day, Buddha’s only purpose is to take you to the liberation.

 Sources:

Interview with Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (宗萨蒋扬钦哲仁波切全集) https://vimeo.com/235786807

Awakened by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (宗薩蔣揚欽哲仁波切全集) https://youtu.be/6XV7VLGib5U

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