New Year’s Message (2015)
No matter what situation arises, we are not able to simply accept it, as it is, free from constraints.
Firstly, without getting too esoteric or complicated, we can say that we simply do not know how to be satisfied without constraints. We are always making our happiness conditional on external situations. If only this would happen; if only that wouldn’t.
No matter what situation arises, we are not able to simply accept it, as it is, free from constraints. In this way, we are never really satisfied. If we could reverse our attitude, and learn how to accept our present conditions, without constraints, then our happiness would be inevitable.
Secondly, our dissatisfaction is closely tied to our relationship with others. We are constantly focusing on our own self-interest, our own personal well-being. Because of this narrow focus, we are extremely limited in our ability to experience genuine satisfaction. On the surface, we may say we are happy, but deep down, we are still left with an unshakeable feeling of confusion and dissatisfaction.
It is essential for us to develop the qualities that will allow us to focus primarily on the well-being of others.
Therefore, it is essential for us to develop the qualities that will allow us to focus primarily on the well-being of others. No matter what our capacity, if we shift our focus away from ourselves and towards a sincere altruistic intention, we can be sure that we will expand our capacity to experience greater contentment and satisfaction.
Otherwise, we are doomed to continue repeating the same mistakes that we have made for thousands of years. For this reason it is critical that we learn and practice the true causes of genuine peace and happiness. The Buddhadharma offers extensive guidance for how to develop these qualities.
For those who would like to go even deeper into these profound methods, then you must study and practice the Kalachakra System. We at the Tibetan Buddhist Rimé Institute are here to offer you guidance and support in this process.
I would like to extend my heartfelt wish that you are able to accomplish all of your virtuous intentions and compassionate aspirations. May this coming year be filled with auspicious conditions for your practice.
Spiritual Director, Tibetan Buddhist Rimé Institute