The Torch of Certainty, Session 2
Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya, India
January 3, 2014
In the morning session the Gyalwang Karmapa had explored the meaning of taking refuge and described how to visualize the refuge tree. After lunch he resumed his exposition of the text, blending an oral transmission of Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye’s commentary with his own insights and much practical advice.
Only the Three Jewels are able rescue us from samsara. How then can we test the depth and authenticity of our refuge for ourselves?
First we can use the four measures:
1. We need to be clearly aware of their unique attributes. This includes the qualities of body, speech, mind and activity. The greatest and most immediate benefit for us comes from the qualities of the Buddha’s speech. As to mind, the qualities of the Dharma are immeasurable because not only does it include the individual attributes of the Dharma of tradition and the Dharma of realization, but at the heart of the Dharma is the truth of the path and the truth of cessation. Ultimately, every good result from our Read the rest of this article