A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar by Thinley Norbu

By Thinley Norbu

Like a spontaneous cascade of knowledge nectar, the open and normal phrases of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, simple by means of scholarly elaboration, move the following within the culture of the direct transmissions of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the earlier. via remark at the initial Practices (Ngöndrö) prayer from the treasure textual content of the nice grasp Tragtung Düdjom Lingpa, insights into many important practices emerge on the way to deepen knowing of the rules of Vajrayana Buddhism. additionally integrated within the e-book is a remark on Tsok Khang Dechen (Assembly Palace of significant Exaltation), the basis textual content prayer of the second one Kyabje Düdjom Rinpoche, Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje.

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General beings have different particular phenomena, so whatever is believed in eternalism only follows beings' phenomena. One ~annat say any of these beliefs are absolute; whatever is said jumps between eternalism and nihilism. The activity of Buddhas always benefits beings, whether individually or collectively, yet it is beyond either eternalism or nihilism because it is manifestation. It is said: The consciousness of mind appears like time. to be short or long only depends on beings' habit. Even though it is said that there are many exact times, exact time does not exist.

The contrast between eternalist and Buddhist views of gods is comparable to the contrast between the Western geographical system, which from a Buddhist perspective only concerns one small part of the phenomena of this world, and the Buddhist geographical system, which is about all phenomena and is related to sentient beings according to time and place. In the Buddhist view, one cannot make anything certain and sure. It is actually not good to try to make any kind of doctrine into something certain and sur-e, lw(ausc COMMENTARY ON THE NEW TREASURE OF DUDJOM • 13 if something is thought to exist only in a definite way, its reliability will eventually fail.

That is why worshiping a god is not ultimate, whether the god is worshiped by everyone or not. As Kunkhyen Longchenpa showed: In brief, simultaneous and effortless, it is from the beginning openness, dharmadhatu. From sustaining that, what is found? All kinds of samsaric and enlightened phenomena, just arising, Do not exist in reality as reality samsara and reality enlightenment. All immeasurable samsaric and enlightened phenomena can be synthesized into these two catagories. Whatever one has, says, or thinks, whenever those phenomena arise, just as those samsaric and enlightened phenomena arise, they do not exist in reality.

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