In life, it is often our greatest challenges that lead to the deepest devotion. The tragic death of the great master Gampopa’s wife and children, and his devotion to the Buddha dharma, are indivisible. Just as the loss of the great master Milarepa’s family and home, and his spirituality, are also intertwined.
Peace and chaos are inseparable. Many of us who live in relative comfort may never experience the deep bond that is so often seen in stories of resilience and survival. So while we pray for the end of suffering and its causes, we do not label suffering as ‘bad’ or ‘good’ for we can see that those who suffer may have insights that we cannot experience, and that even in the midst of tragedy and heartbreak, the seed of limitless love can be sown.
Q: What should one do when one is almost passing away?
I think the question should start with, How should we live? And how should we die?
If we live a life with content, being happy with what we have and not having desire to have more; to see everyone as a friend and to be kind; to be a good example and influence people with positiveness…. this is how we should live.
One should also gain knowledge, wisdom and experience from the experiences life gives us. If that is how we live life then one should not have not much problem dying
Q：Are there still merits when one recites prayers without focus ( mind travels elsewhere )?
A: There is a popular story related to this. Once a dog was chasing a pig round and round a stupa and because of that, they both got liberation. Of course, we cannot know how karma works but it seems like for the dog and the pig their karma was that last bit of purification.
Q ：What does “ consecration of Buddha statue “ mean?If statue is not consecrated can we still place it on shrine ?
A:Consecration of statues are considered making the statue alive, alive as in Inviting the wisdom aspect and welcoming it to the statue.There are ways to place the mantra scrolls inside of the statue. The mantra scrolls represent the Body, Speech, Mind, The upper body, the midsection of the body, the lower part of the body, purification and aspirations of the Buddha.
To really sit down and tell ourselves things, such as, ‘I am inherently pure and decent,’ can be difficult – although we can relate to these truths during unemotional moments. If we have a hard time accepting these truths, when we are in crisis and have doubt in ourselves, then this is a clear sign that we do need someone to guide us; someone to show us; someone to teach us.
If you look at a clock and ask it to stop, or ‘hang on for a minute’, it will just keep ticking from one millisecond to another. Whatever you ask of the clock, it will not stop, not even for a moment. Time is unstoppable, it is inevitable. And so it is with impermanence. In the end, the more we choose to somehow push this fact aside – the reality of change – the more we will experience the pressure of a deadline, the pressure of time being taken from us without the power to do anything about it. As a result, anxiety, confusion and dukkha arises.
I think that is how Buddha basically saw or experienced the way in which the so-called samsaric life functions. The samsaric aspect of our lives starts to occur from the moment we push aside this inevitable truth. We try all sorts of things to somehow forget the fact of impermanence. #Karmapa (Photo/Tokpa Korlo)
If my child is naughty can I spank him? There are always skilful methods to teach a child but a spanking is needed sometimes haha” as long as you are not spanking with anger but with good intentions is ok according to dharma. Good Luck!