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All Problems Can Be Utilized in the Path to Enlightenment
Episode 199th January 2023 • Lama Zopa Rinpoche Essential Extracts • Lama Zopa Rinpoche
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It is impossible to escape problems while suffering in samsara, but we can utilize any disturbing experience in the path to enlightenment. Rinpoche explains how we can take on any suffering and use it to destroy our ego and self-cherishing thought. This makes it possible to achieve enlightenment for sentient beings and then bring them to enlightenment as well. When we practice lojong (thought transformation), we need problems, even horrible ones like cancer. When suffering, including when you are dying, think over and over again, “By my experiencing this, may all sentient beings be free from sickness, spirit harm, negative karma, and defilements, and achieve enlightenment.” As His Holiness the Dalai Lama often says, dying with bodhicitta is the best way to die. Rinpoche quotes several masters to illustrate how to think and practice when we experience suffering. The teaching for this episode was recorded on September 08, 2019, at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore.