Vajrasattva Retreat 2005:
Motivations by Nanc - Mar 10, 2005
Both Lama Zopa and
Venerable Chodron have taught on some of the bodhisattva trainings
which say you can transform problems into the e path to enlightenment.
Lama Zopa has even said that "You can like problems like to\you
like ice cream'.
So how do we do this? Lama Zopa has simplified
some of the steps to transforming problems into happiness and is
also very clear about the profound benefits we receive as a result:
This is what I have garnered from his teachings,
- We have to eliminate the thought that calls
anything a problem since as soon as we label is as such, it becomes
- By starting t o work on our thoughts so
we can look at our problems as positive starts us generating the
thought of liking them.
- Investigate how habituated we are to seeing
situations as problems, starting with the small things i.e. (the
room's too cold, he drives too slow, they're in the bathroom too
long). Do things like this drive you crazy?
When we're in this pattern of thinking behavior,
we will be disturbed by just about everything we experience with
our w\senses in any given moment. The whole world becomes out
enemy. If so this is where we start recognizing that all of our
problems come from our minds. Our minds are so powerful that by
simply interpreting any occurrence we dislike as a problem, we
apply the label "problem ", and PRESTO! A problem arises
complete with all the physical and mental attributes of a problem.
If we don't see label it as a problem, we don't see it as one.
They do exist after all by being merely labeled.
- To begin to enjoy our problems we
need to reflect on their benefits effectively as much as possible.
Lama Zopa teaches:
- They support our actualizing the realizations
of the path
- They destroy our self-cherishing
attitude which labels everything a problem.
- Helps us to develop bodhichitta
which makes us friends with all living beings - as a result
very few problems.
- Helps us to eliminate the causes
for future suffering and to generate the causes for future
- Purifies unimaginable obscurations
and helps us accumulate extensive merit.
So our motivation today is whenever the
thought of anything being a problem arises no matter how small,
say to yourself,' How fortunate this situation has come up. May
I benefit all beings form this experience and take it on joyfully'.
See the moment as a cause for your enlightenment and the end for
all suffering for yourself and all beings.