The Primordial Tradition by Kyabje Thinley Norbu Dorje

March 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm 1 comment

Authentic Buddha Dharma is not a philosophical system, it is not limited to language, nationality, or humanity, but it does have to be communicated in relative terms. On this planet it is in terms with the earth and the earth goddess (Bhu Devi), who binds us all together (as a manifestation of the universal goddess, Prajnaparamita). Hence it involves the body and embodiment. Nothing is more simple, yet many humans attempt to make this appear complicated and confusing. Such distracts us from primordial wisdom which is the primordial tradition.

The intellectual context must serve as subservient tool – as a support, for its own eventual demise. In short, we must be certain that “the context” or “view” in Buddhist or Hindu yoga is not limited merely to an intellectual, philosophical, anthropocentric, or dogmatic religious understanding.

Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche wrote about the Primordial Tradition, in “Magic Dance”

“The Dharma point of view is to try to destroy samsara’s tradition through wisdom expressions of skillful means such as writing, painting, speaking, or teaching to reach enlightenment, which is beyond tradition. Even so, many generations of artists, philosophers, and teachers have always expressed themselves in the same traditional style. If we write or paint or say something that is not too close to tradition, some rigid Buddhists think it is not the Buddhist point of view. They do not understand that the Buddhist tradition is to break samsara’s impure traditions to attain the vastest, purest traditions. Tradition always makes limits if it is not pure. So from the beginning, we should have no attachment to tradition in order to release our mind from the habit of samsara’s traditional trap. We should have an understanding of the display of many possible aspects of tradition without ignoring others’ traditions in order to benefit and satisfy samsara’s traditional beings. In this way, at the same time as we release our mind from tradition, we should play without accepting or rejecting in order to decorate it, as a beautiful bird and a tree each ornament the other.

If as artists, we have the limited intention to express only the aesthetic forms within the limits of our tradition, which we see through the obscured eyes of our gross elements, then it is all right for us to be always bound by the limited field of our own country’s tradition. If we have the vast intention to be sublime artists, to express the qualities of limitless wisdom tradition, then we must come out of our shadow corner tradition to the center, without rejecting the corner which belongs to the center; and remaining in the light space of the center, we should emanate as many forms as exist unobstructedly.

If as philosophers, we have the limited intention to lecture only on gross logical form within the limits of deduction, which we analyze with the neurotic mind of our gross elements, then it is all right for us to be constantly solidifying the reality limits of ordinary beings’ invisible phenomena. If we have the vast intention to be sublime philosophers, to create invisible sublime qualities through visible ordinary beings’ logic, then we must avoid expectations of externally pompous internally essenceless degrees and titles, and we must pass on the wisdom treasure of our limitless knowledge like a noble river through all the universe’s universities, sharing the nectar of our knowledge with all the world’s student stream containers.

If as monks, we have the limited intention of expressing moral forms within the limits of our tradition which we consider with the moral ego mind of our gross elements, then it is all right for us to be always bound by the useless discipline of our group’s tradition. If we have the vast intention to be sublime monks, to accept the limitless tradition of wisdom purity, then we must release ourselves from the cultivated garden of traditional monk’s ordinary group organization and go to the stainless vast moral island, letting our morality blossom like a lotus, whose outer and inner petals are both pure and whose unconditioned natural honey perfume emanates unobstructedly to as many fortunate follower bees as exist.

If as yogis, we have the limited intention to express superstitious forms within the limits of our tradition, which we visualize through the grasping mind of our gross elements, then it is all right for us to be always bound by the limits of positive paranoia. If we have the vast intention to be sublime yogis, to create the limitless uncreated wisdom mandala, then we must escape from complaining ordinary women to join with the desireless great bliss qualities of the full-bodied wish-fulfilling Dakini. Then, drunk with wisdom wine, we can sing realization’s songs and awaken wandering beings from heavy elements’ ignorance to the light of their natural mind with the sound of the drum and bell.

If as meditators, we have the limited intention to only express silent forms within the limits of our breathing, which we inhale and exhale through our limited karmic body’s obscured nostrils, then it is all right for us to be always bound by the limited space of our traditional cushions and to be reborn as nearly silent cows, except for an occasional moo. If we have the vast intention to be sublime meditators, then we must release our mind from concentration and relax in infinite natural clear awareness spaceless space. Whatever conceptions of existence and nonexistence arise, we can release them until our thoughts, like self-liberated cloudknots, become light ornaments of traditionless display.”

Kyabje Thinley Norbu Dorje

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  • 1. Bob Wallace  |  May 29, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Well said…sublime…Metta

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