Go Beyond Concept ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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Go Beyond Concept ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

By and large, human beings tend to prefer to fit in to society by following accepted rules of etiquette and being gentle, polite, and respectful. The irony is that this is also how most people imagine a spiritual person should behave. When a so-called dharma practitioner is seen to behave badly, we shake our heads over her audacity at presenting herself as a follower of the Buddha. Yet such judgments are better avoided, because to “fit in” is not what a genuine dharma practitioner strives for.

Think of Tilopa, for example. He looked so outlandish that if he turned up on your doorstep today, odds are you would refuse to let him in. And you would have a point. He would most likely be almost completely naked; if you were lucky, he might be sporting some kind of G-string; his hair would never have been introduced to shampoo; and protruding from his mouth would quiver the tail of a live fish. What would your moral judgment be of such a being? “Him! A Buddhist?” This is how our theistic, moralistic, and judgmental minds work. Of course, there is nothing wrong with morality, but the point of spiritual practice, according to the vajrayana teachings, is to go beyond all our concepts, including those of morality.

 

from the book Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

source: http://blog.shambhala.com/2012/10/15/go-beyond-concept/

 

Melampaui Konsep ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Pada umumnya, manusia cenderung lebih memilih untuk menyesuaikan diri di masyarakat dengan mengikuti peraturan etiket yang berlaku dan bersikap lembut, sopan, dan hormat. Ironisnya, inilah bayangan yang ada dibenak kebanyakan orang tentang bagaimana orang spiritual harus bersikap. Ketika seorang praktisi dharma terlihat berperilaku buruk, kita menggelengkan kepala karena keberaniannya mengaku dirinya sebagai pengikut Sang Buddha. Namun, penilaian semacam itu lebih baik dihindari, karena untuk "menyesuaikan" bukanlah sesuatu yang diupayakan oleh praktisi dharma sejati.

Misalnya Coba anda bayangkan Tilopa. Tilopa terlihat sangat aneh jika dia muncul di depan pintu Anda hari ini, kemungkinan besar Anda akan menolak untuk membiarkannya masuk. Dan Anda punya alasan tersendiri. Kemungkinan besar Tilopa kelihatan hampir telanjang; Jika Anda beruntung, Tilopa mungkin akan memakai G-string; Rambutnya tidak pernah dicuci dengan sampo; Dan dari mulutnya terlihat ekor ikan hidup yang masih bergerak – gerak. Bagaimana penilaian moral Anda terhadap makhluk seperti itu? "Dia! Seorang Buddhis? "Inilah cara pikiran teistik, moralistik, dan penghakiman kita bekerja. Tentu saja, tidak ada yang salah dengan moralitas, tapi inti dari latihan spiritual, menurut ajaran vajrayana, adalah melampaui semua konsep kita, termasuk moralitas.

 

Dari buku Not for Happiness: Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

Sumber: http://blog.shambhala.com/2012/10/15/go-beyond-concept/