- The yogi who is meditating in a cave and the sponsor who is supporting him can get enlightened at the same time because of the power of dedication.
- The best way to do the dedication is beyond self – understanding everything is a show, an illusion, emptiness. The next best way is to imitate the dedication of the bodhisattvas: as they have done it, so will I do it. The last way is to wish that whatever positive deeds I have done, and those I will do in future, be dedicated to all beings.
- Don’t be small-minded; the dedication should be limitless. Dedicate without pride or attachment. Put a drop of water in the ocean and it will never dry up.
His Holiness then thanked the Monlam sponsor, Thrangu Rinpoche and his centre in Hong Kong.
‘I would like to give my opinions and restate what I said last year about the environment. According to Sakyamuni Budddha, a noble person does not promise to do something that he does not carry out. Whatever we do, this earth cannot be separated from us. There may be other planets, but this globe is where life, suffering and death is enacted. It’s the basis of all beings on it. The earth has a lot of sustaining power. It can for-bear the four elements, and what people do on it. But if we destroy it, in the future something shocking and astonishing may happen. We have to wake up. The earth is like the stage of a drama. Sometimes you see a peaceful play, sometimes wrathful. There were already two world wars and there may be a third and fourth. All the dramas are enacted here. If we destroy the stage there is no place to enact the drama. Both good and bad people have to live and die here.
Karmapa then emphasized that in the coming year the monasteries had to become more hygienic and make the places near them more hygienic. ‘Monasteries are leaders of society. If they can go the right way, there is hope that our society will take action. But monasteries are like elephants. They don’t like to move but when they do, it is steady. Now is the time for the elephant to move. If the body is healthy the mind will follow.
Keep Milarepa’s teaching in your mind and find something to practise. The dharma is something to integrate into the mind. It’s something useful for life, something we have to show. Loving kindness is something to show: use it. Otherwise dharma is research.
From the day in my childhood when they said I was Karmapa, everything was prepared for me. There is not much freedom. Because of my past karma I have to carry the name of Karmapa. I also have the mind poisons; I also can laugh and cry. Some people say Karmapa is Buddha. Sometimes that is a problem, sometimes it is good. I have had a lot of experiences.
I have true devotion and respect to all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. If I can do something for Tibet, I will pray and hope. I have to do what the Karmapa has to do. I feel I cannot help people as much as I want but I am living with the intention to help. I live with a sincere heart and feel my life is for the benefit of others. But to help there has to be a lot of virtue. When I breathe in and out, I try to live with good intention.
Buddha said liberation depends on whether you practise or not. So don’t waste time; make an effort.’
The prayers for auspiciousness included everything imaginable. In a burst of joyfulness, we waved offering scarves like white birds fluttering, to increase good luck. and shouted Tashi Shok!
‘Happy New Year! May all your friends and loved ones be happy and healthy. To those of you who have come from Tibet, to all in Tibet, best wishes.
One more thing: May all become enlightened soon and may the beings of the lower realms be liberated. May all beings on earth without distinction of caste and race enjoy prosperity and happiness. May all conflict and poverty cease.
May HH Dalai Lama who is Avalokiteshvara, be able to help beings according to his wishes. May all the masters of all traditions live long and be well. May the sangha remain in harmony; may the Land of Snows become peaceful and prosperous. Pray sincerely.’
In the evening we gathered at the stupa holding candles for the offering of lights. The flame was lit by Karmapa and passed from him to each person present while we watched a performance. After the refuge in Sanskrit and Tibetan; Korean monks in grey robes stood on the steps led by a nun in a solo chant tapping a bronze gong that filled the stupa grounds with sacred sound; the Taiwanese group of monks and young girls chanted a melodious chorus. Vietnamese monks and nuns sang their offering, followed by Tibetan teenagers in plain uniforms. The song written by His Holiness in English, ‘Aspiration for the World’, sounded like an opera in a cathedral. At the last minute two women from an American school joined to sing a Gregorian chant in Latin.
We circumambulated the stupa singing Karmapa Chenno. It was the finale of the 27th Monlam and the beginning of fireworks to celebrate the New Year. To Bodh Gaya 2010,