Rigpa offers a complete and graduated path in the Buddhist teachings and practice. The program aims to guide and support students along the path- from establishing a strong foundation in meditation, to opening the heart of compassion, and awakening the mind to the truth of our fundamental goodness.
The Essence of the Buddha’s Teaching
The teaching of the Buddha is vast, yet at the same time it can be essentialized in a very profound way. When Buddha himself was asked to summarize his teaching, he said,
Commit not a single unwholesome action,
Cultivate a wealth of virtue,
To tame this mind of ours,
This is the teaching of all the buddhas.
Even this can be further essentialized into the single line, “to tame this mind of ours”. Many great Buddhist Masters often say that this one line captures the essence of the teachings of the Buddha. Because if we can realize the true nature of our own mind, then this is the whole point, of both the teaching and our entire existence.
Spiritual truth is not something elaborate and esoteric, it is in fact profound common sense. When you realize the nature of mind, layers of confusion peel away. You don’t actually “become” a buddha, you simply cease, slowly, to be deluded. And being a buddha is not being some omnipotent spiritual superman, but becoming at last a true human being.
Whoever you are, you too can experience the nature of your mind, and it is that experience that will give you the fearlessness to negotiate life and death. But what is the best, quickest, and most efficient way to set about it? The first step is the practice of meditation. It is meditation that slowly purifies the ordinary mind, unmasking and exhausting its habits and illusions, so that we can, at the right moment, recognize who we really are.