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Does Your Practice Yield Real Fruits?


The standard for Trekchö (Breakthrough) practice requires that one should abide in the nature of the mind both during and after the sitting meditation practice itself, or rest in the awareness that all phenomena are illusory. When we abide in the nature of the mind, whatever arises turns into wisdom, and deluded thoughts are unsustainable. This is how wisdom can be used as the path, and afflictions as bodhi, since they are all the power of wisdom.


There are times when you are aware that all phenomena are illusory, just like dreams, but as soon as you encounter circumstances that trigger your attachment or hatred, whether they are your enemies or loved ones, disturbing emotions like attachment, hatred, ignorance or arrogance would still arise. If your mind is still affected by these manifestations, then your state of seeing everything as an illusory dream is merely an intellectual understanding, which means you do not yet possess the ability to transform these deluded thoughts into wisdom. This is just understanding acquired through listening to and contemplating the teachings, but it is not enough. With this understanding as a basis, you then have to put it into practice, and transform your mind through meditation in order to realize the Tathāgatagarbha (Buddha nature), until finally whatever manifests cannot bother you.


If it does affect you, that means that your Trekchö practice is not yet up to par, and you have not really achieved the state of Trekchö; because for now, your mind is still disturbed by manifestations, and you still experience attachment, hatred, ignorance and arrogance, and whatever emerges within your mind will influence your actions just as before. At this point if you engage in Tögal (Leapover) practice, you won’t be able to achieve anything.


In fact, when you do Tögal practice, you are also transforming all afflictions into the wisdom of emptiness. On the day when you can turn whatever discursive thoughts, be they coarse or tiny ones, into wisdom, then on that day the state of Tögal would appear if you do Tögal, and you won’t become attached to it.


If you are a practitioner who really practices the Buddhadharma and has the wisdom of emptiness, then you won’t suffer in your heart when facing pain and difficulties. For instance, you will still feel physical pain if someone hits you, but your heart won’t suffer. Why? This is because your heart is filled with compassion and bodhicitta, but not hatred. You still smile and show pity to people who hit you, as there is no misery in your heart. Only suffering in the heart is the real misery. Sunyata wisdom surpasses afflictions and stress in the heart. So, when there is no suffering in our hearts, then we are very content and free, and our bodies will recover more quickly. It is a pity that some people suffer so much both physically and mentally. The standard for monastics and practitioners is that they won’t experience mental suffering when they feel pain physically. If you cannot do that, it means that you did not practice well enough.


Lama Akhyuk Rinpoche has a root guru called Sera Yangtrul Rinpoche. He was in prison for 18 years, and when he was released, he did not want to be let out. “I’m so grateful to the beings who hit me and reviled me”, he said, “they were my spiritual friends (kalyanamitra). I was able to achieve results in my practice because of the beatings and verbal abuse inflicted by the people in prison”. Sera Yangtrul Rinpoche advanced in his Trekchö practice very rapidly while he was in prison, because he had nothing else to do besides practice the Dharma and sit in meditation.



There was very little food to eat in prison. Sometimes prisoners were provided with a bowl of congee, and sometimes they were provided with steamed mantou buns. The buns would be tossed in through a little window, and then the prisoners would jostle each other to grab the buns like starving dogs. However, Sera Yangtrul Rinpoche never grabbed for the food. He even gave his food to other prisoners when he had a little food. Later, not only did the other prisoners start being kind to Sera Yangtrul Rinpoche, they started practicing Dzogchen with him. Rinpoche taught them Dzogchen and how to sit in meditation to cope with mental suffering. Finally, those prisoners all had some attainments in their practice.


Human beings have a certain kind of power. If they don’t know how to use it, they will still suffer from misery. However, if they use the power, misery can be converted to beneficial conditions, samsara to nirvana, and pains to happiness. This is the power of practicing Buddhadharma.


If you do not have the proper foundations, then you are supposed to start your practice from the preliminaries and subsequently undertake the main practice. Devote yourself wholeheartedly to each part of the practice as you undertake it. This way we won’t encounter that kind of situation where sometimes you feel good, but then you feel bad for a while, or you desire to practice the Dharma sometimes but at other times feel tired of practicing; if you were a renunciate, sometimes you might feel that renunciation is very meaningful, and at other times it might feel meaningless.


For example, we might think: “if I had a family it would be great; if I got sick I would have a wife to keep me company, and children who would come to visit, how wonderful that would be! Since I chose the monastic life I don’t have anything at all, just like a rat in a ditch up in the mountains, if I get sick there will be no one to take care of me at all.”


Actually, no one can take care of us, except our own karma! It is only karma which controls you and makes you suffer the endless sufferings of the preta realms, the hells, and the life of non-human animals. The power of karma is similar to the electricity in a battery; the power from the battery is invisible, but it can make the light bulb light up. Likewise, the karma in our lives continually gives rise to desires or hatred. However, if we were to try and open up a person’s body and look for it, we wouldn’t be able to find any location for where karma resides, but it exists, and so does the Buddha nature. So, everyone should practice day and night, never letting go of our bodhichitta, and constantly improve our own spiritual states.  


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