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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How Can We Find the Answers to the Questions of Life?
It is because of our karma that we are brought into this world, this Earth. You encounter all the things you like and dislike, and whether you are happy or unhappy, you are already here to stay. Everything you come into contact with comes from innumerable kalpas of past lifetimes all the way up to your previous lifetime. Consequently you enter your mother’s womb and from there enter the world, thus beginning a new life.
Many exasperated people tell me all the different ways that their lives are unhappy and sad, and that because of these things they constantly have problems with their health and career. I often tell these students, “You are already in this world and regardless of whether you come across joy, sorrow, happiness or tragedy, you need to remember that all of these are just experiences in life. You don’t need to take them so seriously. If you think back carefully, the good and the bad leave with the passage of time. What remains with you are only memories, which constitute the experience of life. What’s important is that from these experiences you gain wisdom and even enlightenment so that you will not have wasted your life. Everything else can just be regarded as passing scenery. As time goes by, all those images will fade away.
If you’re a hard working student during this fleeting life, you should go a step further and often ask yourself if you know your ego. From constantly going back and forth between asking and answering this question, you will slowly get to know yourself, especially the attributes of your ego. As its status and position become more transparent to you, this indicates that your self attachment to the ego is becoming blurred and disappearing. At the same time your ego will meld with the authentic self, at which point you will find the answers to all of the doubts and uncertainties you ever had about birth, old age, sickness and death.
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