I, a roaring lion, do not need a palace:
My lion palace is the snow mountains’ exalted heights.
I shake my excellent turquoise mane as I please
As I roam at will in delightful snow mountain ravines.
I, an eagle, do not need a fortress:
My white eagle fortress is the loftiest cliff.
I spread wide my excellent wings as I please
As I soar through the space of the vast blue heavens.
I, a tiger, do not need a castle:
My tiger castle is the densest jungle.
I show off my stripes as I please
As I set out to prowl in the best sandalwood forests.
I, a golden bee, do not need farmland:
My bee farmland is the finest lotus groves.
I sing beautiful melodious songs as I please
As I hover to take the sweetest tasting nectar.
I, a yogi, do not need a home:
My yogi home is good any place I roam.
I naturally achieve my two noble goals
As I set out to wander aimlessly as I please.
– Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshé Dorjé – Wisdom Nectar – Shambhala Publications
This is what Buddha said to his disciples which may not be exactly translated but the core message is still there which can be applied to our everyday modern online connected world.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
It is this profound message we should practice to become an even better person than we already are.
Tashi Delek to you all!
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This is the summarised extract of what I have read from one the teachings by a renowned Tibetan teacher on the four immeasurables (tsedmed shi).
Longchenpa who was a Tibetan teacher in the thirteenth century explained that the entire conduct of the bodhisattva can be summarized into two aspects of aspirational bodhichitta and actualizing bodhichitta. He went on to explain that the aspirational bodhichitta is actually based on the Four Immeasurables of Immeasurable Love, Immeasurable Compassion, Immeasurable Joy, and Immeasurable Equanimity.
Through the deligent practice of these four immeasurables, it is possible to become the cause of the actualized bodhichitta.