By Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche,
In those talks, Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche clarify the nice merits of practising Dharma as an ordained individual, tips on how to hold the ordination natural, the aim of the monastic neighborhood, the right way to reside jointly as clergymen and nuns, and masses extra. the need for the lay neighborhood to aid the Sangha can also be made transparent, and never basically clergymen and nuns yet lay practitioners, too, will achieve a lot by means of analyzing this book.
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Some people can meditate; others are better at organizing. Both can become Dharma. Mahayana means the great view, the universal view. There is an enormous amount of space in the Mahayana to accommodate different forms of practice, almost enough room for each person to have his or her own unique individual path. Such was Lord Buddha’s incredible skill. So don’t think that monastery rules are oppressive and that they prevent you from expressing your own intuition. That is wrong. We should-in fact, we doallow you to express yourself.
You cannot say that Tibetan Dharma is better, that it is better to wear Tibetan robes. That would just be an ego trip. Because climates and cultures vary, people compromise and come up with something that suits their environment. page 45 Lama Yeshe Wis d om Archive: Adv ice for Monks and Nuns Let’s agree that we need to consider making some changes in the robes and that slowly, slowly we’ll check out how to do that. When you are here in Dharamsala, you can wear exactly the same robes as Tibetans wear; Tibetan people will be very happy.
I feel great compassion for my monks and nuns. Why? I’ll tell you the reason. ” I’ve seen it with my own eyes; it’s incredible. I feel so sad. There’s nothing wrong with those Sangha; the people who spit, they’re the poor ones. Why should I put my students into that kind of situation, where in page 43 Lama Yeshe Wis d om Archive: Adv ice for Monks and Nuns their own society they are viewed as disasters rather than with respect, where people regard them as garbage. Recognizing their profound human quality, people get ordained, but when they wear their robes, they get put down.