Friday, June 18, 2010

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche - Three Words That Strike the Vital Point


by Dilgo Khyentse
edited by
Matthieu Ricard and Vivian Kurz


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Dharma Quote of the Week

[Understanding through the merging of sound and meaning takes place when one immediately understands the meaning of a teaching through hearing the sound of the words.]

One might ask what these words are in the key instructions on the Three Words That Strike the Vital Point. The sound and the word are the same. For example, the word "mother" can be understood as indicating someone who is very kind. If one says "mother," the meaning of what that word expresses is pointed out. What is known as "the three words" is like that.

What are the three words? "View," "meditation," and "action." What does it mean to "strike the vital point" with these three words? If one wants to kill a man and strikes his heart with a weapon, the man will not live another hour. He will die immediately. What vital point do these three words strike? Just as oil is present in a mustard seed, all of us, all sentient beings, have buddha nature. Though it is present, we do not recognize it, because our minds are obscured by delusions. When, as a result of the view, meditation, and action, we come to recognize these delusions, we can get rid of them in a moment. In one day sentient beings can be transformed into buddhas--that is the ultimate view, meditation, and action of dzogchen. Such a power of transformation is called "striking the vital point."

--from The Collected Works of Dilgo Khyentse by Dilgo Khyentse, edited by Matthieu Ricard and Vivian Kurz, excerpt from Volume 3: Primordial Purity

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