Thrangu Monastery Canada, located in Richmond, British Columbia, is the first traditional Tibetan Monastery in the Pacific Northwest. The Monastery teaches in the Buddhist tradition that one needs to accumulate both merit and wisdom in order to generate the auspicious circumstances for realization.
The Monastery serves as The Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s seat in North America. Here, Rinpoche continues his teaching activities in the West. Students come to study and practice under his direction in a traditional monastic setting.
Perfection of Meditative Concentration
Normally we allow ourselves to chase after the various thoughts that arise in our mind, but these thoughts are not part of the true state of the mind. We just create these thoughts and follow after them in all directions. It is like having clear water that you stir up so it becomes agitated and unclear. To begin with, the actual nature of the mind is very clear and contains no thoughts. But the way to realize the clear and natural state of the mind is not to think, “I must give up the thoughts.” On the contrary, it is to just let the mind be what it is. Just let it go back to its natural state and rest within that.
Perfection of Generosity
…Generosity doesn’t have to do with outer things; it is inner… It depends upon how we think. It is a state of mind that really wants to help others through giving.… It is the feeling of readiness to do whatever we can to help someone by giving him or her whatever they need. So, whether or not we actually have the opportunity to give or not is not so important. What is important is our pure motivation.
…said that mind is the seed of everything. While we reside in our confused state in samsara, everything we experience comes from the mind, and when we achieve Buddhahood, all the enlightened qualities and wisdoms also come from mind. Therefore when we use our mind properly, we can obtain both the happiness of samsara and the happiness of nirvana. In this way, the mind is like a wish-fulfilling jewel.