Excellence Reporter: Ven. Namgyel, what is the meaning of life?
Ven. Lobsang Namgyel: For nearly thirty years I have been studying Tibetan Buddhism and during that time I have often heard one of my Gurus, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, talk about the meaning of life as caring for others, compassion for others, Bodhicitta for others. What this means to me is that my life is to be used in order to bring about the happiness of others and to remove the suffering of others. However, in order to do that, I must also bring about my own happiness and remove my own suffering. I find that my way of minimising my mistakes and even my suffering is to laugh about it; this may sound strange, but I feel that by laughing at negativity it opens a space in my heart where I can experience wisdom and possibly compassion.
After all these years of studying, practising and teaching, I have realised that as westerners we are often very intense and sincere, but perhaps too much so. Perhaps we grasp strongly at the “I” that we want to enlighten. We seriously study, seriously meditate and seriously practice. Without lightness and without humour there is a possibility of not experiencing the bliss and joy of our dharma practice.
Wisdom is Bliss. Ignorance is darkness. Yes, we do need to acquire knowledge through study, but that knowledge is only pointing us in the direction of our own Buddha Potential: the innate potential within every single living being. If we grasp at knowledge we forget about the potential, and the joy in that potential. Let’s find the middle way between laziness and intensity and keep moving one step after another, in the direction of our happy, blissful enlightenment.
~Venerable Lobsang Namgyel is an Australian monk who has been living in India and Nepal, studying Tibetan Buddhism for nearly thirty years, with such Masters as H.H. the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Denma Locho Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, Choeding Rinpoche and Geshe Sonam Rinchen. He has completed four years of Lam Rim retreats, as well as many tantric retreats. During his thirty years in Buddhism, Venerable has taught at various FPMT Centres in India, Nepal, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, most of the European Countries and the USA. Venerable had the honour of being the tutor to Lama Osel Rinpoche. In 2010 he was the assistant teacher to Ven Steve Carlier for the famous one month November course in Kopan Monastery.
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