TGS Update: Social Studies Community Project

The whole school was involved in a special social studies project on communities. Everyone was divided into mixed age teams and gasked to make one of the services we find in our communities. Using mud stone and whatever bits of wood they could find the nuns showed real resourcefulness as they worked together in their spare time to build models of shops, car parks, hospitals, temples churches. There was even a Tsoknyi Gechak Hotel! Rinpoche came to see the results and each group explained their part of the project!

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Clarifying the Unity of the Two Truths

The Two Truths are inseparable and practitioners need to get to grips with both, Tsoknyi Rinpoche reveals in a recent article for Buddhadharma magazine.

By "Felix Hennersdorf", hennix (own work (photo)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

One Nepalese rupee – two faces.

“The art and beauty of practicing dharma becomes more and more subtle and profound as we learn the dance of the relative and absolute truths,” Rinpoche says. “Since the natural state is timelessly present in both, their indivisibility or inseparability is like a single thread interwoven throughout all the teachings, functioning at every level and stage of practice.

“It is important to recognize that practice solely at the relative level, or even at the level of the absolute, is not so difficult when we keep it separate. The real art comes in uniting the relative and absolute in practice.”

The full article, which appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Buddhadharma , is available for reading on the Lion’s Roar web site: http://www.lionsroar.com/two-truths-indivisible-2/ .

 

A Cure for Jaded Practitioners

The cure for jaded practitioners lies in Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacharyavatara or Way of the Bodhisattva, according to Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s introduction to a modern translation of the classic text.

Shantideva

“Unfortunately, many who practice the Great Perfection seem to lack that juice, that spiritual vitality, ” Rinpoche writes. “They manifest no signs of faith, compassion, humility, or openness. They seem unable to mingle the recognition of buddha nature with their daily activities. Without being aware of it, such practitioners are actually spending most of their post-meditation time caught up in conceptual thinking. The Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra is especially helpful for these practitioners, since it teaches them how to deal with concepts and emotions while in the post-meditation state.”

Rinpoche’s full introduction appears in the translation made and © by  Andreas Kretschmar 2003. It is  available for free download from http://www.kunpal.com/  and can be found on pages 83-95 of Chapter One.