The Teaching of Rinpoche 2021
Every living beings long for happiness, however, if their actions contradict with the law of nature, their pursuits would be effortless. The nature law we mentioned here is the law of karma, as Master Tsongkapa instructed: “Both sufferings and happiness are the results of one’s karma.” Our Chinese ancestors also said:“carry good actions, however small it might be; refrain from evilness, however small it might be.” Happiness cannot be created through our wishes, just like you can never extract oils from sands, in the same way, evilness and negative karma cannot bring forth happiness. Sometimes we see people who committed crimes are still seemingly living a good life, we may wonder - is that contradicting the karmic law? Actually is isn’t, their present happiness is just a result of their past good actions, as for the evil deeds they are doing now, every piece of it, if they do not repent, would deliver painful results to their future. The law of karma is easy to learn yet hard to comply, we need to constantly correct our mistakes, and repent our past wrongdoings.
-Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche
What should we keep in mindduring the practice ofcompassion? If our compassionis arisen from seeing sentientbeings around suffer fromhunger, cold and homelessness,
and we wish to lift them from those sufferings, this kindness iscertainly good, however, it is
still incomparable with the greatcompassion of Bodhisattvas.The root cause of sentient
beings' sufferings is theirignorance of the karmic law, this isthe most important thing we need to know during this practice. We all desire happiness, yet we kept planting seeds of suffering through evil deeds without knowing what is right and wrong, as a result, we endured the bitter karmic fruitsof our own wrongdoings forcountless eons in samsara. Thekarmic cycle is similar to framesin a movie that are linkedtogether, once conditionsmature, the entire movie willstart to play. By contemplatingthese, we will have the sympathyto lift sentient beings'sufferings, we teach them theDharma, the karmic laws, andthe way of taking refuge,repentance of past evilness,accumulation of merits, they caneventually attain perfectenlightenment through thosepractices. This good intentionarisen from our wisdom isfundamentally the same asbodhicitta, because they bothhave the same goal -leading allsentient beings towardsBuddhahood.
-Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche