Do you watch a program called ‘Jangchub Shing’ hosted by Mr. Karma Dendup every Thursday on BBS 2? This program is of immense benefit to our viewers. I take out my time to watch that show. I would like to thank him for this show. He asks rebellious, but real-world questions. Kudos for awakening us the basic of Buddhist religion. I learned that there is a vast difference between religion and spirituality; religion leads more often to egotism than to humility, and spirituality leads more often to humility than to egotism.
Out of my unawareness or interest, I have asked him two lay man questions last time, that if he could ask for it for better illumination. My first question was; the only path to spiritual enlightenment is understanding and grasping one’s mind. We can attain this by constant meditation and mental contemplation called ‘gom’ in Dzongkha. In other words, it’s basically knowing your soul; what is the soul? Shape? Colour? Size? Empty?... To attain the level of full realization, that is knowing the soul, is the highest level, and that one can be borne in the nirvana. But, the process of identifying the nature of soul, whether the soul is empty or not, whether the soul dies or not; what is the soul? The concrete meaning of soul and its whereabouts is difficult to get from any Rinpocheas, as they say that it is a secret, a kind of not sharable, cannot be revealed. If religion is for the benefit of all sentient beings, and if Rinpochea, Lamas, and sages, are to liberate all sentient beings, why do our saviors say it’s difficult to get this? Why it is not allowed to share easily? Why can’t it be shown so that we become Buddha nature and liberate from the sufferings?
My second question was about the Buddha nature. We say every human; in fact every creature living is a Buddha himself. We have Buddha nature. If we have Buddha nature, what incline us to do the most treacherous things…? Which part of demon/inside make us to do unsolicited things? Does every creature, example, an ant has Buddha nature? If animals have Buddha nature, how can we/ they awaken their true nature? Is there any ways for animals to attain better position? For example, pigs offering bodily (meat) help them to lift their lives?
I hope he will ask the questions, which he said, he would for sure. I can’t help (with many such questions, which I am going to ask next time) but feel the questions are unfair without understanding its true intent or even its basic teachings. But however they are entitled to my views cause and based on my experiences.
So, can anyone light up on these topics, or do you have such questions hanging like goiter in your throat? If so, say it. Say it for the benefit of all. We know that there are many paths and they all lead to the same truth. But where is that path-the same truth?