This past weekend, a hundred people had the opportunity to hear Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche speak straight from his heart about the “altruistic heart” and the Four Immeasurables: loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.
Everyone who attended had the chance to share “ah ha!” moments that came to them during the weekend—and there were many. Below are a few:
The “sense of connecting with our original moment or sensation of love for someone.” Rinpoche pointed out that each time the feeling of love arises, that first moment is always pure and selfless, a soft spot. But we have trouble sustaining that moment— we so quickly weigh it down with our ego-centered concerns, and we can transform it into something quickly unrecognizable. What do we do about that?
“Our practice is to simplify, not to sophisticate.” To cultivate genuine loving-kindness and compassion, Rinpoche advised us to go back to that original moment, to reconnect with that original sense of selflessness—especially in meditation, which is a safe place for reflection—no one is going to attack you. He reminded us that we can be selflessly loving and compassionate to ourselves and to others.
Rinpoche is teaching in Philadelphia this coming weekend (May 25). Check him out!
contributed by Martin Wittmann