It’s Not So Important… Relax!

ALTG_2- 496×581The following is the first excerpt in a series from Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen’s teachings from the 2015-16 Winter Retreat. Lama Tenpa will join us again this Dec. 30 – Jan. 3— info here.

When we enter into a retreat, it’s important to consider “retreat from what?” What are we retreating from? Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen suggests that we consider it a retreat from “important things to do.” If we think: “this retreat is very important for me to do,” that’s a little bit wrong. Think of your retreat as not important— very ordinary— as in the Mahamudra notion of ordinary.

Listen! Excerpt from Lama Tenpa’s teaching (MP3 available here) 

If we’re filled up with “important things to do,” then we cannot relax. If everything is serious, then everything becomes a problem. If our dharma activity is so important, then it becomes mere worldly dharma. If we become very serious, then we’re really “half dead!”

Every meditation instruction says “relax”— especially Mahamudra.  And we are not relaxing, then forget about meditation. So, first, relax… loosen up. Lama Tenpa says, “my Buddha is not serious…. I don’t like serious teacher… Look at Khenpo [Tsultrim Gyamtso] Rinpoche, how crazy he is! He’s not serious. That’s why I chose him.” And the paths of Mahamudra and Dzogchen are relaxation— not serious.

So, consider your retreat a retreat from all important things. The first instruction for entering into retreat is: relax.


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