71 Cultivation of Compassion and the Forthcoming Empowerment


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This morning Alan provides the context of the empowerment due to be given on Sunday. He emphasises the importance of unveiling compassion, which is the root of all dharma and refers to the current situation in the Middle East. He points out that blatant suffering is reported in the news but the deeper suffering of change is not addressed. He discusses the delusion, and ensuing suffering, that occurs when holding on to a view that one considers supreme. However, by way of an explanation as to why this occurs, he refers to the historic imperialism of Europe as an example. This gave rise to materialistic greed (the basis for the suffering of change) which is in turn now being contested with other supreme views, perpetuating the misery. Alan differentiates between the sutrayana and vajrayana. The vajrayana path has a sense of urgency and, Alan feels, could not be more important right now. The gateway to the vajrayana path is through empowerment by a qualified teacher and lineage holder. Alan then explains the basis for the empowerment to be given on Sunday with the aim of bringing clarity to those who are thinking of, or intending to, take this. He emphasises it should not be taken lightly. It is recommended you listen to this podcast if you wish to take the empowerment. Alan also recommends you read the text by Sera Khandro entitled “Cultivation of Admiration and Reverence for the Guru” which is available on the SBI website (click here to download). Alan’s teaching was this morning’s meditation but he also encouraged us to continue with our own meditation on compassion. Silent meditation was front-loaded at the end of the session and not recorded. ___ Course notes, other episodes and resources for this retreat are available here The text for this retreat can be purchased via the SBI Store. Finally, Please contribute to help us afford the audio equipment we rent to make these, and future podcasts freely available.

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