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 Unimpeded Path for the Mind From Shang Longrik Gyatso Rinpoche
From the age of 18 onwards, I have been engaged in the field of spiritual guidance, and I have born witness to a wide variety of individuals. The situation which left me feeling least able to offer assistance was seeing so many people whose bodies, minds, and spirits were actually developing in diverging directions. People neglect their physical health, utilizing all methods possible to run their body into the ground until it just can’t bear the burden any longer. They end up so that, even during sleep, their body by habit continues its toil. Too many people spend their entire lives in a bustling state, and yet their problems are never solved. This is because it has already taken on inertia, like a human robot which operates involuntarily and without end until it’s lifespan runs out. It is a rare sight indeed that anyone takes a pause to ask him or herself what direction it is that their soul is traveling, to ask how a clear-headed life ought to be lived, or even to seek out a method which could allow them to achieve awakening and to see the face of their true nature. This is the creation of the karmic causes of the human realm which we are helpless to change. That is, unless we are willing and eager to walk the correct path. For example, at the end of a busy day, we can find ourselves a quiet space where we will not be distracted and which allows us to achieve a minimal practice of meditation. Or we might use the weekend to give ourselves a day or two to attempt to do some pure, tranquil meditation practice, using some practice methods to cut off temporarily all external connections, giving oneself a real opportunity to connect with one’s soul and mind. This will simultaneously provide you with the opportunity to see clearly your inner world, and all that is actually going on in there. When we are truly able to awaken the pure essence of our innate wisdom, we might just realize how much time we had previously wasted, fixated upon the television set as the numbers of the stock market pulse before our eyes as we are bombarded by incessant external stimuli and consequently neglect the importance of the inner cosmos.
It is of extreme importance that we observe the entire array of activity happening in the world within our mind. It is exactly because humanity cannot find a single way either to transform their anxiety and apprehension, their numerous painful afflictions, or to reduce the habitual creation of unbearable mental distress. And then, with the passage of time, the body, the mind, and the soul form a negative connection and create an endless state of mutual disturbance. As such, to practice concentration and constantly apply the teachings is the only way to allow the mind to remain in a state of clarity and calm. In addition, actual practice is required in order to be able to truly recover one’s long-lost path. Many people have memorised the entire Diamond Sutra or Medicine Buddha Sutra, and yet they are unable to calm down when anger or greedy desires arise in their minds. Many people hold their prayer beads in their hand all day long, continuously reciting mantra, and yet they are unable to withstand the disturbing circumstances which abruptly arise. The main reason for this is that they lack an adequate understanding of the practice of the mind, and on account of a lack of firm faith. With the added tension of a busy daily routine, when the time comes that you really want to settle your mind, the body is unable to accommodate the wishes of your mind and soul. While this cycle continues day and night, it is no wonder that you are unable to master the tranquil inner world of the mind. It is for this reason that I always offer guidance on how to observe the “from whence it comes”, the “duration of abiding”, and “leaving to where” of the inner mind. Its importance lies in the fact that if you are able to keep an eye on these three directions at all times, then over time, the impurities within your mind can be cleared out, and along with it all your mental concerns can wash away all of your meaningless delusive thoughts. You won’t be able to conjure them even if you want to. Thus, even if you only give yourself ten peaceful minutes for practice every day counts as diligence for modern people.
Often some Christian, Catholic, or Muslim friends ask me if there is a specific aim to teaching Dharma. Actually, I have been observing the changes in society and across the globe over the last few years, and I have come to the conclusion that lofty teachings, complex rituals, and an array of mantras are all unable to rescue the helpless souls of the people. I have made contact with so very many connected individuals over the years and I have realized how to help people to be liberated from their suffering, how to transform their afflictions, and to constantly offer positive energy to others, to instill in others the ability to give rise to pure love and devotion, creating an environment of constant joy and peace. It is my opinion that in this day and age, so long as someone is able to imbue others with these things, then this person is a bodhisattva, and the teachings that they impart to others are the miraculous practice methods of the Dharma Decadence Age.
From Shang Longrik Gyatso Rinpoche