Composed February 2015
Venerable Lharampa Geshe Vanessa Anne Pollock Doga Zopa Gyatso Rinpoche
From the Buddha’s perspective of wisdom, an understanding of emptiness, the wisdom realizing emptiness, the emptiness of an inherently existent self of persons, and the emptiness of an inherently existent self of phenomena, desire, lust and attachment are very, very poisonous states of mind. Desire affects the mind, the speech and the body in the following way. Attachment exaggerates the qualities of objects of a self and of others, of self of persons and a self of phenomena. It wrongly imputes and implies that there are qualities present when there are not. It does not understand death and impermanence, and it does not understand it’s own miserable condition. All contaminated phenomena are suffering and impermanent.
Having a body, speech and mind, a mental continuum contaminated by desire is actually a very miserable and unfortunate position to be in. It is an unhappy and unfavorable reality. In reality, everyone wants to be happy and free from suffering. Desire however brings a disaster upon the self, the environment and others. These gross conceptions of a self, of an inherently existent I and mine are very problematic at the moment.
Let’s tackle the problem of sexual lust, in a meaningful way. First of all, how does lust overtake and affect one’s ability to see things clearly, with an objective and balanced understanding of the nature of reality. The nature of reality is that all beings, all sentient beings are actually pervaded by a state of suffering. There are three types of suffering that affect sentient beings. Firstly, the suffering of suffering. Secondly, the suffering of change. Thirdly, the pervasive type of suffering.
Ordinary man, woman, child, does not comprehend or appreciate this type of wisdom. Firstly, life does not end with the disintegration of the gross human form, or any gross form. Ask yourself this? Does the mind of a being for the most part, from this point of view, actually reside at the heart, within the subtle wind element? Does the mind actually, in reality, affect the winds, the subtle winds of the body? Or space itself?
When the mind is overtaken by desire and lust, one is forced into a situation that hankers after an attachment to have sexual intercourse with another being. This is purely to experience one’s own orgasm. It cares little if anything at all about the pleasure of another being. What is worse, is it does not understand, appreciate or comprehend how this action of sexual conduct causes beings within the bardo to become affected themselves by attachment/desire, aggression and ignorance.
The being in the bardo, waiting to take rebirth, sees the sexual organs, the genetalia of the beings in sexual contact and becomes crazed by the three poisons, which then forces them into a state of conception.
This is to take rebirth, without bodhicitta, without the mind aspiring or engaging towards the state of enlightenment, in a negative way, in a miserable and unhappy way. So the sexual act itself does nothing to bring pleasure to oneself, the partner or the child.
The feelings of an ordinary orgasm are actually in reality, very corrupted and blind, and not aware of the suffering nature of reality, of cyclic existence. This means to be forced endlessly, with no recognized understanding of the solution through suffering lifetimes, from beginingless time, continuously, until one accepts the outstanding qualities and achievements of a fully enlightened state of perfection, the omniscient wisdom and compassion of an awakened Buddha, and makes the conscientious commitment to engage in the path to the cessation of suffering, the three higher trainings and possibly the deeds of a Bodhisattva, the six perfections and the four means of gathering disciples.
Lust brings no satisfaction. It is the opposite feeling to the state of contentment and satisfaction.
Desire hankers after and becomes attached to the objects of others. It seeks to take over and to possess them. It behaves in the manner of a thief, desiring to control what does not belong to them. It enacts an extremism, and covets thought processes, harmful thoughts are wrong view.
Having become affected by desire, the opposite of a state of happiness, satisfaction, the being then engages in sexual actions, desirous actions that produce misery for oneself and others. Where to from here? This miserable environmental condition must be abandoned from within to find a stable pathway out of the cycle of misery, of suffering, of existence and non-existence. This can only happen through engaging in a pathway of the opposite nature, making the firm decision to abandon suffering and it’s causes, and engaging the path to the cessation of suffering, for the purposes of attaining liberation from cyclic existence and enlightenment.
There is a solution to suffering, but it involves a resolute commitment to consistently abandon from within, through a proper understanding of the Guru, the Three Jewels, through the correct way of listening, the actual internal causes of suffering. Both happiness and suffering, in reality come from and are caused by the state of the mind itself.
It is only through the path of meditation, through abandoning this outrageous attachment to the objects of the sensory perception, that we can begin to understand, to adopt the pathway and it’s causes to peace and to abandon the causes and path of an ordinary body, speech and mind trapped within the suffering nature of cyclic existence.
This may, at the outset, appear to be a lengthy discussion, but in reality, the reality of the global environmental condition at the moment, is one of utter catastrophe and oblivion.
Why? Humans have created the most appalling situation with the reality of these nuclear power plants. Let’s just consider. Knowledge itself, the type relied upon by the ordinary western scientist is impermanent. If these nuclear plants are not maintained forever, every moment, every day, every plant, everywhere, the planet will be destroyed in the most disastrous way, through a thorough the most complex, heartbreaking and hellish incineration of all beings within this reality.
What on earth have these so called visionaries, these practitioners of nuclear understanding been thinking? It is at best the most utterly selfish reality the Buddhas have ever seen. Just take, for example, the situation where it becomes impossible to maintain these nuclear facilities, say, for an example, through the outbreak of disease, or the inability of children to comprehend nuclear technology? What then? Nuclear apocalypse, the end of planet earth and the solar system? Where on earth are you beings who created this ridiculously dangerous reality going to take rebirth forever and ever? So this is the outrageous reality you have created. This totally day to day, holocaustalistic threat to the planet, that virtually requires an eternal solution of nuclear understanding to take care of just simply to avoid the end of the earth as an inhabitable region. In the space of what time frame, did you idiots bring on the onset and eternal worry of this nuclear catastrophe. Just one generation was it, after the first atomic test?
At present, radiation levels from France nuclear reactors are at abominable levels and are adversely affecting all life-form on the planet. This is one of the causes for these unbearable outbreaks of cancer. Radiation from nuclear facilities goes unreported and to the ordinary mind, unrecognized, on a daily basis, however the actual devastation upon the body, speech and mind of beings is utterly catastrophic.
The only way out of the nuclear holocaust, the apocalyptic condition and reality is to rely completely on the wisdom and compassion of the enlightened reality, the fully enlightened beings, the awakened ones. What are your Governments doing about preserving lifetime after lifetime, generation after generation and day after day, the prevention of a catastrophic nuclear breakdown and destruction? From the Buddhas understanding, not enough. The cooling systems are not being maintained properly.
Furthermore, how to continue educating people lifetime after lifetime in this selfish, rough and ready, apocalyptically destructive science? Just to work day after day in these nuclear power plants is to enter an appalling reality of confusion, instability, and hell.
Presently mankind has no method to get rid of this nuclear disaster. If man had engaged in a pathway out of suffering, through a proper, loyal, appreciative and consistent reliance upon the loving kindness, wisdom, patience ethics and compassion of the Buddhas, we would never had needed, we in reality never required such an abomination of the use of the word, energy. This is not a constructive or healthy energy, and is, in reality of no benefit to oneself or others.
Not listening is not an option.
Getting back to the understanding of the nature of reality. That all phenomena are empty of inherent existence. Nuclear scientists are of the view point that radiation can be contained. How so? All phenomena are empty of inherent existence. This means the radiation is also empty of inherent existence. Why do so few people study and understand the heart sutra? One needs a thorough understanding of how the recitation of such a sutra, the sutra of wisdom, the heart sutra, can purify such suffering. What suffering? The suffering of being negatively affected and poisoned by radiation. Death is ordinary for those who do not practice ethics. Death is ordinary for those who do not understanding calm abiding. Death is also ordinary for those who cannot overcome a false view of an inherently existent self, of a false view of the self and of phenomena. One needs to penetrate the reality through realizing the selflessness of persons and of phenomena. One must let go of attachment, desire, hatred, self grasping and self cherishing, through a cutting through process where one can dissolve uncomfortable negative emotions, dissolve into emptiness, the nature of reality, the suffering contaminants of body, speech and mind, and to abandon from within the actual causes of suffering, the impurities of body, speech and mind, the ten non-virtuous actions.
These are, to cover again and again, to become constantly aware of how they arise, the following:
Do not engage in murder, theft, sexual misconduct. The three negativities of the body.
Do not engage in lies, harsh speech, divisive speech and gossip. The four negativities of speech.
Do not engage in covoutesness, harmful thoughts and wrong view. The three poisonous actions of mind.
This must be a moment by moment understanding. One needs to be fully present, aware of one’s thoughts, one’s motivation. When alone watch one’s thoughts. When in the presence of others, watch one’s speech.
Then one must purify, on a daily basis, the negativities, should they arise. If they keep arising, you are not in reality making any progress and are under constant suffering in reality. You cannot escape this cycle of misery, unless you actually engage in the spiritual path in a meaningful and conscientious way.
This ever present hell is just a breath away. No matter where you live on this planet, or within this solar system, that is the problem that you face.
Complete annihilation of the winds. Do you have any understanding at all of the three kayas. The nirmanakaya, the dharmakaya and the sambhogakaya? What is the effect of a nuclear holocaust, the extinction of the solar system on the three holy kayas? This must be understood.
We are all interdependent by nature. Correct or not? The Buddhas may be free of suffering, but what is your reality? It is this. Are you taking refuge yet? The food industry is important. That’s right. The clothing industry is valuable. Housing, what do without? Car manufacturing is essential. What happened to the humble candle, for example. If you call that spooky, you are really just a lunatic of stupidity. How many beings are required to function forever these nuclear facilities. It’s just such a dysfunction, it’s ridiculous. Contaminants of earth, water, space, fire, wind and space must be abandoned completely. Is this your internal reality? Why did they destroy the hydrogen option? This is the type of corruption ordinary minds have created.
Copyright © Vanessa Anne Walsh Allan 2015