A Big Decision

A Big Decision

Date of Advice:
February 2017
Date Posted:
December 2017

A student asked Rinpoche about becoming a monk. Rinpoche gave this advice about the endless suffering of samsara.

My most dear one,
Thank you very much for your kind letter and concern about life. I did a divination and it comes out best for you to become a monk.

You have to know, we have received a perfect human rebirth that is qualified with eight freedoms and ten richnesses just about one time, and the most important thing is that we don’t take it for granted. This perfect human rebirth is so precious and it is just for a short time. It can be ended this year, next month, next week, tomorrow or even today, in the next hour or the next minute. We can never tell. We have to think about this every day, with mindfulness. Not only have we received this precious human body, but a perfect human body.

As you know, nothing else at the death time benefits—not the world, the family, surrounding people, wealth or even our body that we cherish most among the numberless sentient beings. Being attached to those things only brings harm and makes it very difficult and [we will] be born in the lower realms. What helps at that time is only Dharma, nothing else.

You have to know that we have had sex—even sex with anybody, man or woman—numberless times from beginningless rebirth. We have suffered and experienced the sufferings of human beings, devas, suras, and particularly the sufferings of the lower realm beings—hell being, hungry ghost and animal—numberless times.

That means if you don’t become monk, if you don’t abstain from sex, you will experience the endless suffering of samsara again, particularly in the lower realms. It’s a big decision for your mind, whether you want to experience the endless suffering of samsara again, particularly the lower realms, or whether to become a monk, and particularly to abstain from sex.

Life is short and we can die, even today, next minute, not sure. There are many people in the world who die without having cancer, without having any disease. There are many people dying without that. They die suddenly, all of a sudden, probably every day, so many people die, you have to know that.

If you practice Dharma and become a monk, then [you will achieve] happiness. The lower realms continue, but when you achieve the ultimate happiness, freedom from samsara, the blissful state, and especially when you achieve the peerless happiness, buddhahood—the cessation of obscurations and completion of all realizations—then you are able to free numberless sentient beings from the oceans of samsara suffering and bring them to the peerless happiness, buddhahood.

Actually, we are cheating ourselves. Actually, there is no time for attachment to arise, but only for Dharma practice, renunciation of attachment, anger and even the root of samsara, ignorance and the self-cherishing thought. This is the foundation of the Buddha’s tantra. In tantra we abandon ordinary concepts, ordinary appearance and ordinary subtle wind and mind, which creates samsara. This is according to Highest Yoga Tantra.

With much love and prayers ...