How to Practice the Path of the Three Beings

The Buddhist path is walked by millions of people throughout the world. Interestingly, however, there is no word found within the original Buddhist languages of Sanskrit and Tibetan,  that define a practitioner as "Buddhist".  The closest word that we find in Tibetan is "nyangpa". The definition of a nyangpa is somebody who works on the inside (the mind). 

 

Whether we say Buddhist or nyangpa, they practice one three paths:

The first path are for those who have an understanding and conviction of karma, and of uncontrollably recurring rebirth - samsara - with all its problems, fleeting happiness, and suffering. They aim to experience better states of rebirth in the future, by refraining from destructive actions, and engaging in constructive ones.


The second path are for those, who in addition to having the first path's aim, are so bored, fed up, tired, and disillusioned with samsara, that renunciation arises in their minds - the determination to be free from it. They aim to be liberated from samsara, by practicing certain methods.


Finally, the third path is the path of the three beings. In  addition to having the same aims of the first two paths, they have so much immeasurable love and compassion, that bodhicitta arises in their minds - the compassionate wish to attain the enlightened state of a Buddha for the benefit of all beings. They practice certain methods in order to actualize that goal.

 

This third path is also known by the Sanskrit term,  Mahayana - the great, or vast vehicle. In the context of the other two paths, its aims are vaster.

 

Chamtrul Rinpoche will speak about each of these paths, clearly showing the differences between them, and how each one corresponds with the diversity of people throughout the world,  each with their individual temperaments and capacities.

 


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