This evening I had the good fortune of attending a teaching given by Tai Situ Rinpoche. He is a teacher of the Karmapa and one of the leaders in the Kagyu Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. His smile and laughter are infectious–such a divine evening! What follows are my notes…forgive me if they only make sense to me πŸ™‚

“Developing Buddha Nature for Busy City Dwellers”

Living in a city or living on a mountain one can be or not be busy. Living in a city doesn’t automatically mean you are busy. Busy = Dizzy πŸ™‚ Doing things is one thing but being affected by it results in business.

We all have limitless ultimate primordial essence known as “Buddha Nature” in Buddhism. In essence everything/everyone is Buddha

Being a genius has nothing to do with Buddha Nature

Tai Situ finds everything in silence and solitude but that is not the case for everyone πŸ™‚

Bodhichitta = I want to attain Buddhahood so all sentient beings attain Buddhahood…highest level is Avalokiteshwara

Must practice compassion, loving kindness, joy first

Then faith, trust, devotion follows

Combine these for bodhichitta

We all have Buddha Nature but we don’t realize it

We are dragon that thinks we are an earth worm

We are a mighty lion that thinks we are a mouse

We are the great limitless space that thinks we are an empty cup

More compassion you have for others then your ego diminishes

After compassion comes love, compassion might have negative (ex. compassion for orphans but anger towards their parents)

Loving kindness to the same level

Opposite of joy is jealous

Being jealous is the worst because others happiness makes you suffer

joy, loving kindness and compassion must be impartial

compassion <–> devotion (w/out compassion can be a little dangerous)

Bodhichitta moves us from duality to nonduality because we are so removed from each other

Compassion, loving kindness, devotion bridge the gap with others

attachment is not bad and terrible…what kind of attachment is it? if your attachment is for selfish reasons it is bad especially if it is regardless of consequences of others but attachment can be positive

positive attachment to help others to be a better person, if you want others to be happy is a good thing then you have to think about over coming that πŸ™‚