All Buddhas, Great Compassion

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A virtual Dharma talk by Tenshin Roshi for an online gathering of the No Abode community


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so to amplify this this practice or to mm and our amplifier
more like to unfolded or elucidated ah
a great body side for in sutra gave can practices go
up by which we can uphold great compassion none of them are called in that
presentation great compassion i would say the hall trying to give us some guidance on how to practice and such a way that we realize the actuality of great compassion
for some of you have heard these ten already right
have you heard them down
okay so if you can remember if i ask you to recite them you'll be able to properly
okay for guess what i do remember them
and i remember him because i've recited him quite a few times so today i will recite them again
here the number one
number one
all buddhas
pay homage to all known that number one but for today i'm going to change or buddhas to great compassion man
in the surgeries has honor all buddhists but what our borders but are the realization of great compassion and also when you offer great compassion all the voters are included in that because all the buddhas are working together and who are they working together with each other and who else are they working together with
that's a question is the test who are the boat is working with
you're working with all beings they're working with each other he asked they're working with their with their children
the body suffers their offspring they're working with the future and they're working with all beings
they're working with every feeling impulse emotion perception sensation that we have they're working with all that so
that's great compassion so the first practice is to a poll great compassion is to honor it to pay homage to it
well they were
pardon or they also working with the right there are also working with the past and the future
some buddhism working with past motors in future buddhas and also though there were working with past living beings and future drive in banks
and also throughout off
all directions of space
throughout the whole universe
throughout the whole milky way
throughout the milky way's
partner andromeda
they're having a love affair right now there's to they are not separate their life
they're like attracting each other they're like getting ready to emerge
with by the way
unspeakable unimaginable space their intimate with inconceivable to face
they're so far away from each other and there soon gonna be
the less far away from each other they're going to overlap
and in that overlapping
in every game of their bodies there will be tremendous pace in being that is all the beings and between their beings and the beings of the other galaxy
these galaxies are playing out
what we're playing out in our bodies got the practice we are on a process of realizing intimacy with all beings just like the galaxies hard especially our local super duper cool of milky way is developing
and deepening of relationship with andromeda
the thought this you could say to take it the idea
for this practice from the galaxy's part of the galaxy is good for the body surface
i don't know

that fit your math and of falling off the side
thank you
that's number one this is a practice to by which we can practice upholding great compassion
honoring great compassion is part of
opening up
to it and all beings number two
crazy great compassion
great compassion you are so wonderful
you're so health
to all banks
number three
making offerings to great compassion
for example like today i just said you can offer you're sitting to great compassion
you can offer you're sitting to harmonious relationships with our bags you're sitting
you got something to give you're sitting
an offering years you're sitting are so you're sitting are sitting offering it to great compassion is part of the practice of great compassion
of course you can also offer great compassion to the ceiling

number four is called confession and repentance ah
well have
various kinds of shortcomings
shortcomings in what in the practice or bodhisattvas for bodhisattvas when they can shortcomings their confessing shortcomings about who they are what they are shortcomings in what about what i am what am i
oh i'm i
i'm a being who
is devoted to get compassion so the shortcomings it
are important to me or the shortcomings in the practice of great compassion
so here's an example of a confession
i was hindered meditation hall over the hill and i noticed somebody was not in their seat there were absent and i thought and i experienced irritation that they weren't in their seat

and i when i felt that irritation
i forgot
to pay homage to great compassion at that moment

i forgot to make
that moment of feeling irritated
and offering
great compassion oh here i am i got a body of sitting body who has irritations so all i can offer the sitting irritated body to great compassion i forgot
is that like clear to you
if something happens and you feel irritated and you might be like wishing to be committed to the practice of holding up great compassion
and you forget to
offer that practice i mean offer your current being to that practice you forget but then not too long after i thought but i wasn't very nice i missed the chance there
i do feel the irritation but i missed a chance to use that moment oh
the practice great compassion
nine enough for that practice which i did then that was part of part of upholding great compassion is to confess and repent to read petra to confess and regret when you don't do it when you don't give yourself
when you don't give this to that you don't practice offering for example
and i'm doing it again and this is this practice is uphold this practice of confessing the shortcomings in the practice of great compassion that upholds the practice of great compassion
creative you want to
was a jig was a not speaking of oddly enough
i answered it great what it was the question that i answered
that's number four
the great bodhisattvas the mountain hydra gave us these practices to hold up the one practice
the next practice is to rejoice
in the merits of all beings if if you see any merit
see somebody sitting and it seems like that's really nice skillful setting you rejoice you see someone being generous you rejoice
rejoicing and the merit of synch of living beings
great compassion
number six
number six is
to ask great compassion to turn the dharma wheel
someone said to me yesterday how to how do we hear how do we hear great compassion
oh no he said how does great compassion speak to us

and i thought about the question and i will say
great compassion speaks to us
by speaking
the true dharma
great compassion speaks to us by turning the dharma wheel
which i guess you could say kind like a roulette wheel cortex citizens
or like wheel of fortune or stick figures
so we're asking the buddha's will will be seeking the borders has requested the borders to speak to speak
to speak great compassion

part of great compassion is to passing great compassion to speak to us
and at the beginning of this chat
the the wow we just chatted by the ancient teacher dogan
it says it was as we in the original he says i vow i vow from this life on throughout countless life to hear the true dharma
to hear great compassion
kissing the true down
and part of hearing the true dharma is to request that the boat is offer us the teardown offer as the guidance in the practice part of holding the practice all the great compassion is
to request great compassion to speak to us just paid the dharma
which number was that
six right number seven
ask the great can pass great compassion to stay in the world just in case great compassion wanted to go on vacation
want to leave this world of misery
please don't go
please stay in this world
so it's kind of like act asking actuality to stay in the world asking the truth of great compassion to stay in the world
again of course there will
of course it will it actually cannot get away from this world however
if we don't ask it to stay
we're missing a practice which verifies that is here
does it so it was unlike real easy or was a really hard
it's already here
but it is already the truth but if we don't practice that truth is like we miss it
even not right in front of us so one of the ways to not miss it
if the practiced it and one of the waste of practices is to say reality please stay stay
it's cold outside stay
that's not a preference to upholding of actuality practice and without practicing upholding it
the for practice number eight
is to do all the practices that any buddhist have ever done or to do all the practices on great compassion which means do the ones we just talked about the first last seven
and do any other practices that great compassion does
does great compassion practice generosity
hmm generosity is great compassion is great compassion being careful
and tender with the empty seats
an irritation with empty seats hmm
is it be respectful of irritation
is it being
i'm a comfortable when were irritated
is a thing patient
with irritation and other pains him
is it being enthusiastic about
great compassion
a buddhist enthusiastic about great compassion who are they up for doing the hard work
are they enthusiastic about doing hard work of great compassion doing the hard work of intimacy with all beings realizing me
are they undistracted and concentrated him and did they understand what's going on here does they understand great compassion yes
number eight is vowing to do those practices and practicing those practices number nine
harmonizing with all these living beings
the first was in some ways are harmonizing with the buddhist now turn this great harmonization with great compassion turn it over to and put it to work with all living beings
that's another way to uphold great compassion and finally devote the merit of all these nine practices to the practice of devoting a marriage
to all suffering bags
so we start by being devoted and honoring making offerings to the awakened beings and we end by getting the merit of all that whole and upholding to the people who have not yet been able to practice
great compassion wholeheartedly
they have
try not much at all or tried quite a bit but i've not yet reached wholeheartedness and were given all that marriage to help them practice wholeheartedly

well on
that's that was a kind of review for many of you
and i've been talking for a long time according to his clock
and i haven't really got started but barely get started
so it looks like i'm not gonna finish anything
but i just started one by want to mention some a difficult point

which is has we when we open up when we start to uphold great compassion we will naturally or even before we practice great compassion many of us are aware
that were not compassionate enough
or that
yeah come or or not compassionate enough for or not helpful enough to all the suffering bags
so here we are wanting to help all suffering bangs
and then one of the beings that comes to visitors is worrying that were not helpful enough
people who want to help beings
i not often visited by worry that they're not helpful enough

at that point
if we honor great compassion at the point when his worry about not being helpful enough shut up
then we they would it would be appropriate to honor this worry
rather than excuse me as president try to get rid of the worry by getting some sense that your health old enough or been trying to be more helpful
before you try to be more helpful you've got something on your plate it's called worry
that's which asking you for compassion right now worry
a lot of people who worry that i'm not doing enough i should do more but you just ran away from somebody that was asking you for love and attention
this is very hard for people like the whole hearted with the worry that you're not wholehearted enough

if we can be whole hearted with the worry that is the way that will really wants us to be with it
it doesn't want us to be
rushing off to do more to be more helpful it does not want that is sure it didn't come to say hey do more it saying hey listen to me
but it's hard to listen to it so we want to go do more so that maybe it will go away
this is not is not coming to say where you put get rid of me
it's actually coming and saying hello would you please listen to me
and would you listen to me whole heartedly
and don't try and do something else right now cause i'm here saying worry worried and i'm not elbow dollars
really painful i want to be album and i'm worried i don't even i'm worried that i'm not now some people actually instead of saying i want to help all people and i'm worried they also move on from not taking care of the worry to say i'm worried that i'm not enter not lobby and
the thing and i would also be calling for whole heart and i'm worried that i'm not and also figured out that i'm not helpful enough
those are two things that are calling for great compassion they want a whole hearted
hearing they want their day in court for of
whole heart is listening
and that whole hearted listening to the worry
when not doing enough that whole hearted listening is just what the worry wants and it's just what brings blessings to the worry and phrase the worry
and not only and this is the way where he wants to be cared for it wants to be listen to it wants to be honored it wants to have offerings made to it that's what it wants
and that's called taking good care of worry that you're not taking good care
now here's the next step
this is great compassion on the job
here's the next step this way i've taken care of worry
is exactly the same as the way you're taken care of all beings
when you take good care of the worry that you're not taking care of people well enough
that good care of their worry is the way you're taking good care of everybody because everybody is included in the worry because the word is about everybody
you're worried you're not helping enough for those everybody's
if you take really harder care of worry that you're not doing enough good in the world
the way you're taken care of the whole world
this is a point which i hope
we here and remember cause the sang what taken care of this is the way you're taken care of everybody and if you don't use the sad part if you don't take care of your worry
if you don't listen to it wholeheartedly
if you don't give it the attention is calling for
that's the same way you're not giving all beings
what they're asking for so the way i screw up with the way i'm not taking care of worry is the way i'm not tinker anything
and vice versa the way i do take good care of her worry he's taking his the same as the way i'm taking care of everything so this is a good an inconceivable message for today
and there's more but i've been talking so long i think i will now that you talk some more yes hello

thank you that's what i was for i won't
and i also want your lesson wholeheartedly

but more one

the thing off

it's so often
i don't know
i think
well not enough is one of the things that some people are occupied with at an example of an occupation
the leftovers the the translation of but i'll keep the way i feel his life is like this
now worry is like this
and that's and that's annoying
it's irritating is painful new we the mute and pneumonia would you call occupy union a union is calling for compassion
hmm all or or or or it is
it's not uncommon well it's not known as not compassion is not compassion but it's not separate from the compassion it's intimate with the compassion but it's denying it
the everything
not an intimacy is like this
there's no movement and intimacy
so the occupying which you brought up and an humanities gestures is occupy every moment of occupying is calling for compassion
and the compassion is right there
listening to the car
but to call isn't
not an identical to the listening

for me
a clear on
you can say appears the time
features again get jeff jeff is to get attention
right for there's occupying
it's calling for attention
they want attention
the occupation in to it
and great compassion gives it attention
the next question
after i was just too
spiral down

i don't know
did you say did you say i think we have been so far away from truth yeah yeah that's what you think that's what i think and
that's not true right
with no we cannot get at the least bit away from the truth we cannot it's impossible however we can think that we are that's
the when we think yeah
a year or whatever you say you can take will uphold means you you supported the ensure your devoted to joy
you don't yearn to lift it up
for it's more like is more like holding more like holding a baby
the days before his this
it's anywhere near your home you're holding this is practice
and the practice heirs to listen to
the thought that the truth is far away
such continue looker
totally ridiculous but when history
we do think that and and and even not ridiculous we will take care of a markets a precious baby

and actually
let go off

so you would like you would like to let go they thought the period faraway and well i ago it has to be kind to thought the parent is far away
the thought period is far away is calling for compassion
and great compassion is totally embracing the thought that carries faraway and great compassion embraces the thought the great compassion for our away
because it embraces entire universe and its embraced by the entire universe
anything else before we move onto the next major event

yes intimacy and great compassion there is a kind of compassion which feels somewhat separate from those who we observe suffering and for those who want to help there some sense that they're not us but this great compassion

what are the things that are changing

now i would say those also that those your functions of great compassion and they're always present what what's being helped on the way the way people are being helped that's changing as the beings that are being embraced are changing but the helping is all
right there
the what the the problems are changing and so the way the way that this promise is liberating is unique and next moment of a different different version of that problem are different problem and so that innocent it's it's different but didn't
admiration function the embrace the embraced embraced embraced embraced the intimacy intimate with different different different different different different different beings
that's part of and as part of why is great compassion doesn't have anything because since it doesn't have anything it's not holding onto the beings that was helped in my previous moment it's like often as the present problems
because it's a startling well i did you already been i've been helping those
i want to and doing this for long time when
it's not like that it's like cooking
there done that up
and that what's up is always fresh and new never
never been seen before
i just want to tell you that
our creative requested a service for a very dear friend until after this time talk would you please help us do a service for her friend
down and and patty
i just wanted to check something that i understanding of though
so you're talking about
if we have to worry that we're not doing enough so
ah the then
we we've listened to that and bring from passions that and that is great compassion that for great that's what great compassion would do is listen it is listened to have worry
wholeheartedly and that's exactly the way great compassion is helping all the other problems in the world exactly and if it comes to be right
image data to worry about helping all the or you could even doesn't matter what to worry about know what it is cause for anything that arise from a firmly that that calling for combat yes it can it can be worried that you're going to be taken to jail tomorrow
the worried that you're gonna die gonna be worried that you're losing money and they're gonna work at you're getting fat
but i bought this example because this is a problem that people who are in in it in an assembly that's concentrating on great compassion so they're quite aware of all there's so much to take care of
people can also worry that they're not doing enough for the one child
that worry about that to for further mother
i didn't do enough to help my mother okay
but now
but lot of month or well i kind of do enough for my mother but nobody thinks that they get enough
for all beings
i'm not saying that
that wish that you should think you'd get enough for all beings i'm just saying whatever if if you do think that that that would be something to be compassionate towards
so if you think it enough for all beings or enough for your mother that's great compassion in that
but whatever it is and i just brought worry because in this current venue of looking great compassion a lot of people are worried that some people are not getting the compassion that they need
it's interesting will
but then they slip away from take care of worry that's what i'm saying don't don't skip over the worry and realize that taking care of that takes care of what you're worried about
there's infinite worries and other problems down
the way you take care of this problem where you teach and care for the diamond with this case is exactly the way you're taking care of all other situations
and patty
you'd like to work

is that okay with you korea
the the echo on the is linguistically of the a little problem with echo because the aqua says this one person
so we're gonna say this one person janice gates
the line a bar course
hey it's okay with you korea yeah
yeah free
these pvr addition rather than we could be this one person because really it's just one person benefit if you'd like if you'd like to change to these people
right here okay that's up to you
a janice gates and lana buckhurst hill a backers is a longtime member of samples cousins her passed away night before last
and then
so yeah with
we will ever going to do a ceremony for her going out tonight couldn't do it here too
so shall we call this place of great compassion
this moment of great compassion and then move on to some more great compassion and we're going to chant by the way it around a which is called great compassion mind drowning

he didn't pass was in that's fine
giving great compassion to this