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Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche teaches through verse, pointing out the essence of a teaching.  Enjoy the quotes.


Stupidity Self-liberated

Sitting in Chair at Tek Chok LingKhenpo Tsültrim
Gyamtso Rinpoche


Quote of the Week

August 31, 2012

Cease to be mistaken about the object of
        your stupidity - look  at the stupidity itself,
Thoughts are self-arisen and self-liberated,
       awareness-emptiness by nature,
Awareness-emptiness is nothing  other
       than dharmadhatu wisdom-
Within stupidity self-liberated,
       recite the six-syllable mantra.
                                                (Paltrul Rinpoche)

Stupidity is characterized by a lack of clarity. When you are stupid, you just kind of go along with it in an unaware, complacent state. The instruction "Cease to be mistaken about the object of your stupidity" is the directive to snap out of that state. The way to do that is to look straight at the stupid, unclear, unaware mind's essence itself. 

What you find when you do this is that you are actually looking at your thoughts. And all your thoughts are the same -- they are self-arisen and self-liberated, awareness-emptiness by nature. So, in fact, this stupid, unclear mind's nature is awareness-emptiness, and this awareness-emptiness is nothing other than dharmadhatu wisdom. 

Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Bodhi Magazine, Volume 8  No. 1, pages 46-7.  Translated by Ari Goldfield.