The Pure Land Teaching

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Lesson Six

 

The Pure Land Teaching by Mipham Rinpoche

 

A commentary by Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche

 

Lesson Six

 

The sutra states that the speed of animals’ movement differs in five ways; likewise, the speed of practitioners’ realization differs in five ways. In Secret Mantrayana, it is said that adepts can transform their coarse bodies into the purified forms of vidyadharas of the desire realm or the form realm, and perfect the levels of learning or no-more learning when blessed by the yidams. The diamond vehicle Mantrayana asserts: “In one short lifetime of this degenerate age, practitioners can still attain the

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Lesson Five

The Pure Land Teaching by Mipham Rinpoche

 

A commentary by Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche

 

Lesson Five

 

If one thinks: The scripture also indicates the necessity of amassing boundless merits. As merit is the main cause for realizing aspirations, without a vast accumulation of merit, rebirth in Sukhavati will not happen by wishing for it alone.

Refutation: Generally speaking, it is merit that causes the maturation of an aspiration; yet, merit itself is also subject to the individual forces of sentient beings – their karmic tendencies, capacities, and circumstances – such that it will result in an instantaneous rebirth

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Lesson Four

The Pure Land Teaching by Mipham Rinpoche

 

A commentary by Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche

 

Lesson Four

 

Someone may believe: The Sukhavati surpasses other pure lands, and those who are reborn there possess numerous qualities such as never-failing memory, samadhi, and clairvoyance. It follows that unless one is a sage, one cannot possibly be reborn in Sukhavati. 

Refute: Now that you have accepted that the scripture says all beings in Sukhavati possess excellent qualities, why do you choose to ignore the causes for attaining rebirth, which are also taught in the scriptures? Beings reborn in Sukhavati can manifest incredible

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Lesson Three

The Pure Land Teaching by Mipham Rinpoche

 

A commentary by Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche

 

Lesson Three

 

Wrong view: Even after hearing such sublime Dharma, people who lack merit will remain unconvinced. Moreover, they will generate wrong views on these teachings, not unlike the heretics. To help them understand the authentic teachings, one way is to rely on skillful methods, and the other way is to educate them by using logical reasoning. Relying on skillful methods means to employ impressive miraculous powers to lead them onto the Buddhist path.  Relying on logical reasoning means to use valid analysis to

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Lesson Two

Pure Land Teaching – the Dharma Sun that Opens Faith

 

Jamgon Ju Mipham Gyatso

Lesson Two

 

Essentially, we must generate an unequivocal conviction in Buddha Amitabha and his Pure Land, understanding that all the excellent qualities of Sukhavati are manifested solely through the power of Buddha Amitabha’s vows and wisdom.  The Sutra of Deathless Drumbeat says: “Any fortunate man or woman with strong faith, truthful understanding, and reverence will be reborn in Sukhavati.” Also, the Sutra of Pure Land says: “Even if all sentient beings were to become Buddhas with perfectly pure wisdom, who extolled the merits of

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Lesson One

The Pure Land Teaching by Mipham Rinpoche

A commentary by Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche

Foreword

 

The Pure Land Teaching by Mipham Rinpoche is a teaching on Pure Land practice in Tibetan Buddhism. It is a quintessential essence that Mipham Rinpoche captured from the vast and deep ocean of scriptures with his inconceivable wisdom, akin to the sublimated cream extracted from an ocean of milk.

Previously, many people considered Tibetan Buddhism and Han Buddhism to be incompatible and at odds with each other, especially in the case of the Pure Land School, which never seemed to have found a place in

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Commentary on Longchenpa’s Treatise of Thirty Pieces of Heartfelt Advice

Commentary by Khenpo Sodargye

The title: The title of this treatise refers to the thirty pieces of advice given by the Omniscient Longchenpa, King of Dharma, to the practitioners of his time and to those of the future. “Heartfelt advice” implies that these are words from the heart, which in this case, are specifically intended to warn practitioners of common pitfalls for those who have been accepted as disciples by a spiritual teacher. A “treatise” is a text written by an accomplished master to expound the profound teachings of sutras and tantras, in order to help effect change inRead more...

The Key to Opening the Wish-fulfilling Treasure Chest

The Key to Opening the Wish-fulfilling Treasure Chest

A brief commentary on the Golden Key Pith Instruction


Root Text by Patrul Rinpoche
Translated into Chinese by Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche


“There is but one path followed by all buddhas -
Bodhichitta, the wish-fulfilling treasure.
In order to obtain such fortunate karma, with extreme ease,
One needs to be equipped with the three major pith instructions of lineage transmission”.

  1. Introduction
  2. Praise the merits of bodhichitta
  3. Upholding bodhichitta cannot be separated from the three major pith instructions of lineage transmission
  4. Bodhichitta is based on, and dependent on, one having taken Mahayana refuge
  5. What
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1. Introduction

This teaching is extracted from a collection of Patrul Rinpoche’s doha, in which Rinpoche praises bodhichitta with highly incisive words, emphasizes the merits of Mahayana bodhichitta and taking refuge, narrates the extraordinary nature of Omniscient Longchenpa’s teaching and ardently advises all his lineage disciples to practice in accordance with the Finding Comfort and Ease in the Nature of Mind on the Great Perfection – the Great Vehicle Commentary. It is stated in the biography of His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok: “My root guru had made a prophecy that I, (His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok), would widely propagate the teachings of Mipham

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