On this special occasion, as we celebrate the opening of Tsechen KunchabLing, it is very auspicious to give this teaching known as Parting from the FourAttachments. This teaching, which is from the category of teachings known asmind training, was given directly by the Bodhisattva Manjushri to the great Lama Sakyapa Kunga Nyingpo.How to Receive the TeachingsWhen receiving teachings, one must first develop the right motivation becausethe teachings one receives and the practices one does will eventually producea result according to one's motivation. Therefore it is very important togenerate the right motivation.To develop the right motivation think that as space has no limits, so too is thenumber of sentient beings without limit. Although all of them long forhappiness and wish to be free of suffering, due to ignorance, the majority of them already experience suffering, and are creating the causes of futuresuffering. Think that therefore our main goal is to rescue all these sufferingsentient beings by attaining perfect enlightenment.The purpose of receiving this precious teaching is to attain enlightenment, andafter receiving the teaching, one will very diligently follow the path.Developing this type of right motivation is very important.Next, one should practice the right conduct. For example, it is inappropriate tosit in a disrespectful posture, such as lying down. When receiving teachings,one should sit with the body in a physically respectful posture, with the voicein silence, and the mind single-pointedly filled with great joy.One should feel joy because it is very rare for Buddhas to appear in thisuniverse and also it is very rare to obtain a precious human life and even morerare to have the good fortune to receive such precious teachings. Today, all of these very rare conditions are gathered together, so one should rejoice.It is also said that when receiving teachings, one should be free from the threefaults of a container. The first fault is likened to an upside-down container. Inthis case, no matter what is poured in, nothing remains. Similarly, one may besitting before the teacher, but unless one is concentrating on the teaching, themind is like an upside-down container, as nothing is able to enter it.