In March 1999 Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche gave a weekend teaching at Vajradhara Gonpa about calm abiding or shamatha meditation. Here we present an extract from that teaching.
For those who are completely new, there are going to be a lot of technical terms like yoga,shamatha, etc. Don't worry so much, it's just my habit. I have this habit, we Buddhists havea habit of uttering some of these words. It doesn't mean a lot. But once you experience [it],then maybe some of this can give [you] a lot of meaning. For instance, the word 'yoga'. Ithink for a lot of Byron Bay and Nimbin people [towns in northern New South Wales withalternative populations], 'yoga' just means stretching. Me, I am trained to think in adifferent way. When we say [the word] 'yoga' - in Tibetan 'yoga' is translated as
) - it has a very rich meaning.
) actually means 'being natural' and jor (
)means 'wealth', 'richness'.So we are talking about the richness or the wealth of being natural. As a human being, weneed to have wealth - mundane, materialistic wealth, and more mental wealth or spiritualwealth, such as love, compassion, knowledge, intelligence, diligence, patience and so on.Then [we need] physical wealth - beauty, attractiveness, majesty, radiance or whatever.But yoga is the richness or the wealth of being natural. In fact, the word 'yogi', or in Tibetannal jor pa, means 'one who has such kind of wealth, the wealth of being natural'. In India or in Tibet, we refer to practitioners, meditators, as yogis, meaning they have this richness or they have this wealth of being natural.The question is, for what should we practise shamatha? To be natural or, in fact, to usemore practical language, to be under the control of oneself. That's it. Most of the time weare not under the control of [ourselves]. Our mind is always attracted or distracted withsomething - our enemies, our lovers, our friends, just everything, hope, fear, jealousy,pride, attachment, aggression, all of this. So, in other words, [it's] the objects, thephenomena, the world, which control our mind; we have no control over it. Maybe we cancontrol [it] a little bit, for a split second; but if you are in an extreme emotional state, you'lllose it.So the purpose of shamatha meditation you can say, therefore, is to actually achieve acertain control over one's own mind. In that case, it can be used for all kinds of mundanepurposes - as mundane as, tomorrow, if you need to go for a job interview, you need tobehave well in front of whoever is the new employer. Your state of mind should be relaxed,you should not cough too much or you should not scratch. You should not do certainthings, otherwise this might make the person who's supposed to give you a job think twice1
THE WEALTH OF BEING NATURAL