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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Life’s Victory Lies in Guarding the Passing Moment
I often say to people, “If what you are hearing is authentic, it has to be a sound that makes no sound. Similarly, if the things you see are genuine, then you are seeing something that cannot be seen.” I also say this to people, “You can tell that your mind is completely free of obstruction when your inner world constantly and naturally takes in everything around you, including the most minute details; and with utter ease, not giving rise to any differentiating thoughts, you carry on with life as usual: washing hands, putting on clothes, eating, etc. This means that you are getting along well with your mind. Then, you should just keep it up without holding any expectations as nothing has ever happened anyway.”
The most dreadful thing in life is when flames (of emotions) flare up without any warning since in an instant they can burn up an ocean of inconceivable prajna wisdom. We must beware of the dark forces in our life that are often overlooked by most. They are like a thick mountain fog constantly clouding our mind, originally peaceful and clear, until it is completely hypnotised, deep in confusion. At the same time, we should vigilantly guard our consciousness at all times and places, so as to avoid plunging into the incessant stream of desire wholly unaware. Additionally, we must strive to never, under any circumstances, harbor even a shred of anger and arrogance as they will land us in the limbo state of the asura realm. Regardless of gender and age, everyone should cultivate a virtuous and humble mindset since jealousy and attachments will turn into snowstorms in the bardo (the in-between state right after death) sweeping us into the hell realm. Therefore, it is safest to always stay mindful of our thoughts in our daily life, cultivating a perfect awareness.
From Shang Longrik Gyatso Rinpoche