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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Never Trivialize Seemingly Insignificant Words and Deeds
Many people pay no heed to the vile thoughts and opinions arising in their minds, those ideas that are not beneficial to others, random utterances, lies, tales that incite quarrels, self-proclaimed eloquence or the use of their authority in the exploitation of others, arbitrarily hurting others' bodies or destroying lives at will. They fail to realize that these words and deeds are like a tiny spark which can ignite a pile of straw, quickly engulfing everything in flames. We need to bear in mind that all calamities are caused by these seemingly insignificant malicious deeds. At all costs, we should never let our guard down and indulge in them, no matter how petty they may seem.
Contemplate regularly on the fact that even great beings such as the Buddha must eventually enter nirvana, and so how can any exemption be granted to historical figures, no matter how splendid or awesome their achievements may have been? Those superstars who once had numerous adoring fans, where are they now? Those billionaires whose wealth surpasses any formulas to calculate it, which one of them has absolute control of their profits? Consequently, it is of paramount importance that we fear death, and at all times seek to experience impermanence. It is necessary to know that life is much like a clay teapot which is filled with water before it has been fired in the kiln (it is moldable). Do not be attached or cling tightly to so-called fame and riches, for they are like the silken fibers of the cotton tree seeds along the roadside: once picked up by the wind, these things will vanish without a trace.
From Shang Longrik Gyatso Rinpoche