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The great regret thread

Postby JKhedrup » Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:07 pm

Most of us trying to practice the dharma have to deal with regrets at some point. Things related to our practice our learning that we wish we hadn't done or had done differently. I'll give it the first shot:

1) Not learning Tibetan well BEFORE I went to Sera. (if I knew the amount I knew now my stay would have been far more fruitful)
2) Not learning Chinese
3) Not maintaining my hatha yoga practice
4) Not being able to benefit others as much as I would like because of limited capacity
5) Taking an undergraduate degree in English Literature instead of Buddhism
6) Not being able to bite my tongue when this is the wisest course of action, resulting in suffering for myself and others
In order to ensure my mind never comes under the power of the self-cherishing attitude,
I must obtain control over my own mind.
Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
-Atisha Dipamkara
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Re: The great regret thread

Postby KonchokZoepa » Sat Oct 26, 2013 1:16 pm

ive been only practicing dharma for two years, but i regret that i smoke cigarettes. and i could regret that i havent been able to integrate and become one with teachings, in that sense ive wasted a lot of time, and i regret that i havent been disciplining my self in some sense on the other hand i think that this more free and relaxed and open way of relating with life and dharma is somewhat fruitful. i regret that im not milarepa. :crying:

but otherwise im quite happy and not regretful. maybe i should me more regretful for all the negative things that i have done in life....
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo
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Re: The great regret thread

Postby JKhedrup » Sat Oct 26, 2013 1:25 pm

I also regret that I smoked for 2 years (quit before I became a monk). Certainly damaged my channels during that time.
In order to ensure my mind never comes under the power of the self-cherishing attitude,
I must obtain control over my own mind.
Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
-Atisha Dipamkara
brtsal ba'i bkhra drin
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Re: The great regret thread

Postby undefineable » Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:18 pm

KonchokZoepa wrote:i regret that im not milarepa.
For all the notions of "black magic" that cloak it (it's not hard to cause an avalanche in mountainous areas ;) ), the story of Milarepa is an inspiration to any Buddhist who regrets the sway of the Three Poisons over their karma. The point seems to be that the young Milarepa, with his family blood feud, couldn't have done much worse with himself, yet he apparently ended up with realisation light years beyond what many (who might feel inspired by his story) would happily settle for :bow:
"Removing the barrier between this and that is the only solution" {Chogyam Trungpa - "The Lion's Roar"}
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Re: The great regret thread

Postby KonchokZoepa » Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:49 pm

JKhedrup wrote:I also regret that I smoked for 2 years (quit before I became a monk). Certainly damaged my channels during that time.


are you sure you damaged your channels ? how does it manifest ?
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo
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Re: The great regret thread

Postby KonchokZoepa » Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:25 pm

oh yeah, and i regret that that i went into hard drugs after shroom trip when i first after the trip found out about buddhism and came back to it many years and many hardships later. well at least i got some harsh samsaric stuff to work with, real nectar for a yogi :twothumbsup: allthough i cant say that i am a yogi myself.
If the thought of demons
Never rises in your mind,
You need not fear the demon hosts around you.
It is most important to tame your mind within....

In so far as the Ultimate, or the true nature of being is concerned,
there are neither buddhas or demons.
He who frees himself from fear and hope, evil and virtue,
will realize the insubstantial and groundless nature of confusion.
Samsara will then appear as the mahamudra itself….

-Milarepa

OMMANIPADMEHUNG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6P9tOYmdo
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