The nature of mind: a teaching given to international students at the Root Institute, Bodhgaya.

January 3, 2013, Bodhgaya

Although the 30th Monlam has ended, the Gyalwang Karmapa is continuing his activities in Bodhgaya.

On the morning of January 3, 2013, he gave an impromptu teaching on the nature of mind to a large group of international students gathered at the Root Institute for Wisdom Culture, Bodhgaya. Teaching in a mixture of Tibetan and English, he began the session by inviting questions from the students gathered. The first question was soon put forward: How do we experience Buddha-nature on a practical level “I thought that if you asked me questions it would make it easier for me,” he joked in English in response to the depth of the question, adding, “But this question makes it more complicated for me!”

As the laughter died down, the Gyalwang Karmapa delivered a profound and reasoned teaching on Buddha-nature and the nature of mind. “All sentient beings are endowed with the potential for complete Buddhahood,” he began.

They are inherently Buddhas, and inherently that Buddha-nature is completely free of any stains – it is stainless, and perfect. Yet, at the level of relative or immediate experience, our experience is not this way. Our experience is that this perfectly pure Buddha-nature is veiled by our confused outlook.

Shifting the teaching to a deeper level, the Gyalwang Karmapa then described the dharmakaya, or the Buddha's enlightened mind.  “Lord Gampopa said that the nature of thoughts is dharmakaya,” he explained.

‘Thoughts and dharmakaya are inseparable. We have this dualistic approach of seeing dharmakaya as pure and thoughts as impure, but we need to understand the inseparability of thoughts and dharmakaya.’

The Gyalwang Karmapa spoke directly in English as he continued:

Every moment that we have thought, every moment that thought arises, we have the opportunity to recognize the nature of thought as emptiness or dharmakaya, whatever you want to call it. Thought and the emptiness of its nature are inseparable. We can’t make them separate; there’s no separation. Because thought itself is emptiness that means actually in everyday life we have lots of opportunity to recognize and realize the nature of thought, or nature of emptiness, or dharmakaya. But we just follow the appearances, the illusions – we don’t look deeper.

The Gyalwang Karmapa then responded to several more questions from the audience, teaching briefly on the progressive views of emptiness within Tibetan Buddhism which culminate in the final Madhyamaka view. The final questioner echoed the thoughts of many gathered when she asked the Gyalwang Karmapa how his students could help and support him. “I feel energized and inspired by all the love and the support that I receive from all of you. That really is sufficient. I don’t need anything more than your love and support,” he replied, to resounding applause.

Continuing an annual tradition, the teaching took place at the request of the Root Institute for Wisdom Culture. The Gyalwang Karmapa taught to an overflowing gompa, with hundreds of students spilling out into the surrounding balconies and gardens. In addition to mostly international students, the audience also included local Indian children from the Root Institute’s school.

2013.1.3 法王噶瑪巴於魯特學院開示「心的本質」A teaching given to international students at the Root Institute


  1. : Indian police have arrested the alleged co-founder of top home-grown militant group the Indian Mujahideen, which is suspected of killing hundreds in multiple attacks across the country, a minister said Thursday.

    Yasin Bhatkal, believed to be in his 30s, was arrested near the border with Nepal and is in police custody in the northern state of Bihar, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters in the capital.

    “He is being interrogated,” he said. “I cannot disclose which intelligence agencies were involved.”

    The banned Indian Mujahideen came to public attention in November 2007 following serial blasts in Uttar Pradesh state. It is accused of a string of attacks since then in Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Pune among other locations.

    The group is thought to head a network of home-grown Islamic militant groups.

    Bhatkal was named as a co-conspirator over an attack on the German Bakery restaurant in the western city of Pune in 2010 when a bomb placed in a rucksack under a table exploded, killing 17 people including five foreigners.

    Reports say he was captured on CCTV footage in the restaurant, planting the bomb shortly before the blast.

    His arrest on Wednesday evening is another success for the Indian security forces following the detention earlier this month of another alleged top militant, Abdul Karim Tunda, who is thought to be a senior member of the LeT.

    It is not known if the two arrests are linked but Tunda, who was also arrested near the Nepal border, has been cooperating with police, according to newspaper reports.

    Tunda is accused of helping mastermind serial blasts in Mumbai in 1993 in which 250 people died, as well as more than 40 other deadly bomb attacks across the country.

    The most recent deadly attack believed to have been mounted by the Indian Mujahideen came in February this year when twin bombs strapped to bicycles exploded in the city of Hyderabad, killing 16 people and wounding more than one hundred.

    It was also linked to bomb attacks on July 7 this year at Bodh Gaya, a UNESCO world heritage site that is revered by Buddhists. The blasts were suspected to have been staged in retaliation for violence against Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

    Bhatkal is from the southern state of Karnataka, where police confirmed that the National Intelligence Agency had communicated his arrest.

    “The Karnataka police provided information and photographs of Bhatkal to the NIA,” state inspector general of police Bhaskar Rao told AFP.

    Nepal police spokesman Nawa Raj Silwal said that Nepalese police were not involved in the arrest of Bhatkal.


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