About Shang Rinpoche
Rinpoche’s spiritual pursuit began at a very young age and has spanned many years, in which he received lineages of all four major Vajrayana Buddhist schools—Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Gelug—from numerous lineage holders and great yogis of our time in India, Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Rinpoche has acquired all the necessary empowerments, transmissions, and teachings to become a fully qualified Vajrayana master. Furthermore, Rinpoche is a recognized tulku (reincarnate lama), authenticated by eminent lineage holders and distinguished masters of our time.
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The Acme of Perfection
If people don’t violate the logic of: “The guilty are always punished and the kind-hearted are always rewarded under the law of Heaven;” if we can abide calmly, at ease in the way of Nature; if we aren’t subjected to rules, yet uphold a moral standard; if we can calmly, lightly and unhurriedly deal with and face all matters large and insignificant, this kind of person’s conduct in the world has already reached perfection. Someone who is impervious to external and internal disturbances is unequaled and peerless. They are at home both in the arts and in showing kindness to others. Thus the saying “the benevolent have no enemies” points out that the most powerful force on Earth is compassion. The power of compassion can transform even the darkest corners of the world. The Buddha dedicated himself to being reborn life after life and reincarnated in a multitude of environments and surroundings. He only had one goal: to use his own light and warmth to disperse darkness and defeat adversity. The greatest force behind compassion, therefore, originates from being without any demands [for oneself] and yet genuinely helping others.
In this world, the height of Perfection, Truth and Beauty can be seen in compassion. The greatest strength of humankind is our ability to attune ourselves to the laws of nature while remaining unrestricted. Laozi talked about the Three Greats: the Dao, Heaven and Earth. Laws of nature are the truth realized by sages, and yet, only humanity can be both at one with the natural world, as well as surpass it. When the idea of “nature” is also thrown out, that is true transcendence of Nature. Although great heroes can capture the world; though those with a sharp tongue and quick mind can manipulate everything according to their desires; though society’s distinguished figures can gain recognition; though people who can see through mundane affairs can float carelessly on the tides of the world; for of all these, once the arrow of destiny finds them, they have no choice but to accept the play of impermanence. Before Alexander the Great left this world, he placed his hands and feet on the outside of his coffin and said to his subjects: “Even though I am great and mighty, I am certain to return to dust.”
The most important phrase in the Heart Sutra says: “There is no ignorance and no end of ignorance.” The key rests in ignorance, but ultimately it is about transcending ignorance. People anxiously run around chasing after fame and fortune or setting out on long and arduous journeys in search of the truth, even to the point of exhausting all their wisdom to arrive at truth, righteousness, and beauty. In the end, all we are seeking is peace of mind. Yet is it not more important to be able to let go even of the mind?
This is from Shang Longrik Gyatso, would like to share with you.