A Homage to His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche (Penor Rinpoche), a great contemporary master of Buddhism. “… O, gentle and loving, the boundless expanse! … as a cool breeze that dissolved ego’s hardness. … the youthfulness of naked awareness!”
One of the greatest figures of rationality and critical thinking world has ever seen. He is revered by the Mahayana Buddhists as the Second Buddha and many streams of enlightened traditions such as Zen, Dzogchen, Anuttara Tantra and Nalanda scholasticism comes through him.
We claim to be “free thinkers”. But, are we really free in our thoughts?
If this is so, we must be thinking from clear and direct wisdom unstained by habitual presumptions, inclinations and taboos. Often, that is not the case. Whatever we hear, does it remain inside as just pieces of information we can use freely? Rather, it molds us to think in specific ways. What we hear turns into bondage – of presumptions, inclinations and taboos.
This is an introduction, a broad overview, of what it means to practice Buddhism. The Buddha taught how to open the casket of our minds, to the vast expanse inside and outside. That relies on a simple point. That is to be aware – clearly, openly and spaciously. This is done by harmonizing the view, meditation and conduct.
At one level, Buddhism offers practical tools that anyone can use irrespective of their religion. Beyond that, to fully benefit, one has to break free from all sorts of religious clinging – theistic, atheistic and agnostic, to take an open journey of awareness – with reason and direct seeing. Here is an analysis on this crucial point to understand Buddhism.
Along with the demise of Buddhism in India, its birthplace, the insight into its deeper meaning also vanished from here without a trace. Yet there still remains in this land the inspiration that the Awakened One, the Buddha provided through his fearlessness and purity, his views on social equality and his doctrine of non-violence and compassion.