David Silver and Raghu ring in the New Year with a discourse on the wisdom teachings of Tibetan Buddhist Master, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
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Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche // Short Moments, Many Times
Welcoming back fellow Mindrolling originator, David Silver, to the podcast, Raghu invites him to illuminate wisdom from one of his favorite Tibetan Buddhist Masters, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Offering clear and tangible insight into the Mahayana tradition of Dzogchen, David and Raghu trade meaningful stories, quotes, and practical perspectives on how we can begin to open up to our intrinsic Buddha Nature.
“[Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche] starts his teachings where other people end. In other words, he says: Enlightenment—get rid of the delusions, get rid of the of the obscurations, understand that all thought is a projection of the essence. You all have Buddha Nature. We all have it all the time. We never lose it, but we obfuscate it because we’re so distracted. The question is, how do we solve that? His simple way of saying it: ‘Short moments, many times.'” – David Silver
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Tibetan Buddhism // Non-Duality, Devotion, & Guru (18:01)
Speaking to the deep and nuanced path of Tibetan Buddhism, Raghu shares how the combined practices of non-duality and devotion fit like a glove for Neem Karoli Baba devotees, like himself, based in Bhakti Yoga and Sab Ek (all one). Further uncovering wisdom from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche books, As It Is and Blazing Splendor, David and Raghu explore the powerful meanings behind shunyata (emptiness), impermanence, love, and guru.
“The Tibetans have a combination of the non-dual and devotional state. That is the greatest offering that they have, especially for us that have been devotees of Neem Karoli Baba for many years. The reality is that we were taken into a similar training without there being any overt instructions from Maharajji. That included Buddhist training in mindfulness and insight meditation.” – Raghu Markus
Dr. Bob Thurman, explores emptiness—not as nothingness—but as the womb of compassion, on Ep. 260 of Mindrolling
Buddhas & Sentient Beings // Impermanence & Faith // Nature & Letting Go (38:01)
Through the lens of knowing oneself through a state of present wakefulness, Raghu and David elucidate teachings from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche highlighting the closeness of Buddhas and sentient beings. Sharing on the realities of change, death, impermanence, and ignorance, they shed light on matters of faith and letting go into ‘the glimpse.’ Then, looking with clarity at the ‘mandala of nature,’ the Mindrolling duo discuss the connection between enjoyment and non-attachment; before closing with current events.
“Urgyen says all the time it’s direct experience that gives us the faith; nothing else. What does that mean? Direct experience gives us the faith to continue with the practice. He means that you’ve got to have the feeling, you’ve got to have the perception in order to train to keep the perception. So how do you get the perception? You meditate, you do yoga, you do kung fu—you do whatever it is that your particular exquisite karma demands of you.” – David Silver