Sogyal Rinpoche ~ Every moment is precious (5 min)
We have all heard the sad news that the great masters Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche—the head of the Nyingma tradition—and Chatral Rinpoche—one the greatest masters of the last century—have recently passed away. The passing of such great masters is a vivid reminder of the truth of impermanence: the undeniable fact that, sooner or later, every single one of us must die. Even the Buddha, who had attained the vajra body of immortality, passed away. His parinirvana was one of his greatest teachings, to wake up the lazy and the naive to the nature of impermanence.
In the following teaching given in Melbourne on the 5th of January 2016, Sogyal Rinpoche speaks of the passing of these great masters and how we can take this as an opportunity to invigorate our awareness of impermanence and let this inspire in us a sense of urgency that we must not waste our lives in meaningless or negative activities.
At this time, Sogyal Rinpoche also wanted to extend his wishes of an auspicious new year, filled with happiness and peace:
“May everyone, throughout the whole world, find lasting peace, freedom and help, because there are so many conflicts and misunderstandings in the world today. May each person’s life be well. May everyone and their families have prosperity, good health, well-being, peace and harmony.
“In particular, may none of us dwell in negativity, and may we all be free from fear, doubt and suspicion. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama said on the occasion of his 80th birthday, last June 2015: ‘What disturbs our peace of mind? It’s not the outer environment, nor how other people behave towards us. That’s not what disturbs us, or brings this lack of peace of mind. Fundamentally, what really disturbs our peace of mind is when we are fearful, or when we become scared of things. Aversion, fear and doubt, but also suspiciousness. What disturbs our peace of mind is the way we think—with fear, doubts, always being suspicious and having aversion.’
“On this occasion, we can also pray that all the great masters live long, that all their enlightened activities for the sake of beings be enhanced, and that all the practitioners live in harmony.