Monday, May 22, 2006
Shangpa Rinpoche's teachings on Chod
How often it's stuck me over the years that I am ultimately blessed to have received the teachings on Chod from Shangpa Rinpoche!
So often I'm at a particular place in my sadhana, and gratitude and joy flood through my mind, realising what an extraordinary thing this is, this Chod of Mahamudra practice. So often I have this sense that what I am doing is echoing down through the ages, with countless beings having practiced this very same profound and so very precious text that I have before me. So often I feel that this echoing comes from beyond time, from beyond anything that makes sense to me, and which seems incomprehensible to the rational mind.
I feel the blessings of this practice, which arises like the sun to illuminate beings with the warmth of its rays, and sense the presence of Rinpoche, guiding me in my practice. Inseparable from any of the great Beings, or of any of the masters who've taught the Chod.
Inseparable from Machig Labdron, who created this Chod ...
.... how can one value something such as this, or repay the debt of gratitude one feels?
Words seem inadequate, somehow, in trying to express this.
Yet it feels like something worthy of attempt ....
How blessed indeed!