The first thing a monk gives up.
The first thing a monk gives up when entering the way is family and homeland. How sad then to see them break their vows and lose their view in disputes over territories. It is heartbreaking to see those who renounced homeland protest about political homeland issues. How piteous when Dharma teachers climb up on thrones, travel with entourages, suffocate the Buddha in brocade and under crowns.
Consider the lilies of the field, they do not suffer pomp and circumstance and yet Dharmakaya has never been adorned more grandly! How cheerless and heartbreaking to watch the accumulation of power and wealth masquerade as Guru Rinpoche’s path. Consider the birds of the air, they do not build monuments to ego, with money earned selling empowerments and teachings, and yet they soar in the sky rejoicing!
What gloomy lack of faith to worry over rebirths, over lineage’s continuance, and preservation of the teachings. All of these things are for those who have no wisdom mind to concern themselves with. Buddhas will always arise in accord with the needs of beings! Seek first the wisdom and joy that comes from recognizing your own true nature and all other things will take care of themselves and be added to you. - t.k.
These days Vajrayana has become a bastion for adolescent fantasy and gamesmanship - encrusted with buying and selling, pomp and circumstance. The best would be if even the memory of it is wiped from the face of the earth. How wonderful if not a single person could ever make a living from it again. The Real is never lost, never threatened, and would still arise in accord with the needs of beings. - t.k.
That realization that is the same in pain as in pleasure, the same in being reviled as in being respected, the same in loss as in gain, in death as in life … that realization that is untouched by any and every state of body, of mind, of feelings … that is the only point of the spiritual path. Wealth, comforts, respect, pleasures, these are things for those trapped in the prison of delusion to chase after. Freedom is from even the smallest trace of attachment to these or fear of their opposite. – t.k.