About the Author: Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has been acknowledged by the 14th Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the 72nd Abbot of Gaden Shartse, Gedun Nyedrak. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s spiritual lineage actually begins as one of the disciples of Je Tsongkhapa, the founding saint of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has studied under many esteemed Gurus, including H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and H.E. Lati Rinpoche. With a Mongolian-Tibetan heritage, a childhood in Taiwan and America, intensive study and meditation in Gaden Monastery, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche is one of the rare, precious teachers with the unique teaching ability to bridge East and West.
When we don’t want to do a particular work or project we should do, then how do we expect a project to bear fruit or experience the results. To hope for results and do very little is wishful thinking only. After all we know for sure, results resemble the action. Results arise from actions. I mean that is just common logic. So if we don’t create the causes then how to effect the results. How to wait for results when what you are suppose to do you avoid due to your own past projections. If we keep silent, how do expect others to change, expect others to know what we are thinking or how do we learn for example. How to wait for others to create the results and you experience it? How long to wait for the results? The waiting is just a sign we are not doing anything or enough. That is contradictory to the law of cause and effect. Wishing for results yet avoiding the work in any form creates the causes for small and large delays. Even to the point where the results do not manifest at all at least in our lives.
When we avoid work because we don’t like someone or we are lazy, then we not liking more people will increase as time goes on. Our laziness will increase. Yes there are exceptions when some people are mentally unstable or just not kindly motivated or inefficent, but you still should not use them to avoid the responsibilities. You have to see into your mind when it’s quiet to resolve if that is true. You have to check yourself. What I share here is not comprehensive nor covers all predicaments of course. You see what applies if any and examine yourself to apply the necessary antidotes. Remember our minds can be complicated making things around us complicated or simpler. It is up to us.
When you create the karma not to like or avoid others, then it only increases our propensity not to like others more in the future. As our propensity not to like others is triggered, in the future, more and more we become easily frustrated with people. Our trigger points also increases. That would add to the tally of how many people we will not like as time goes on. The number of people we dislike will only increase in time leaving us alone, unhappy, angersome or bitter. Projects also go unfulfilled as a result. Everyone is not good enough and unattractive we start to believe creating more anger. Anger is a clear sign we are thinking the wrong way. If the way we think is correct, we would be at peace, do our responsibilities and progress wouldn’t we? That is a state a mind we deserve as we created this situation. So if we avoid responsibilities because we don’t like certain people, then the amount of people we will not like will only rise and increase. See for yourself. See your own track record and see the many examples out there. As you get older, do you like others more or less? Your anger will increase also is a given. Your anger to stop you from doing more will increase. Your justifications will increase to cover the anger. You will look for avenues of escape also more and more so when there is no escape. Whatever country you go trekking in, or planet you travel to or dimension you tele-transport into, you will experience the same results as karmic habituations are very loyal unfortunately. Karmic results are the only thing we cannot leave behind when we travel, visit another place or pass away. Then you have to avoid more people or situations as time goes on because you have kept your anger. It’s nice to be away and be surrounded by nice waiters, nice hotel staff, nice tour guides etc…but that is delusionary. They are not nice to you, but to the business you bring them. People will be nice to you for monetary reasons everywhere even at home, so why not just deal with the anger and move forward at home first. If you overcome the anger, they will like you for more than your monetary gifts. How satisfying would that be?
After all, the anger arises not from circumstances but a predetermined fixated idea we have of how things should be. When that fixation is disturbed, then we get angry. If we do nothing about the fixation, the anger increases even if you're in a forest alone. Work on the fixation. Chip away at the projections creating the fixations. Create new views and eliminate old damaging projections that only existed in your mind. As anger increases our fixations get even more compounded. We expect the whole of humanity to have our same point of view as us, but where is that possible. Avoid the whole world and for how long? Accomplish something on your own? Impossible. And anyways, you have to leave all that ‘niceness’ soon when your trip ends in whatever country or dimension you are visiting as an escape. Then you have to find another place to temporarily experience your projections. After a while you run out of places, but your anger is still there. You have to keep finding new places to experience the ‘niceness’ again and again where it becomes a vicious cycle. And addiction like to entertainments, intoxicants, lying, gambling. After all, addictions falsely serve to distract us from the real issues we avoid within ourselves. You almost prefer perhaps a delusionary state instead of dealing with reality and moving forward with it in progress.
Not staying in one place and making things work is a clear indication we want to be distracted perhaps in one way or another. There are other factors, nothing is black and white. But then not everything has to be black and white to be solved. We can apply the essence of the method to whatever situations we are in. Remember, we came into the world with our projections that developed into great anger and all the repercussionary effects. It is our choice to continue or not. The world is what it is so how do you want to take it. Anger with your projections disturbed daily. Or accept the world and change your projections. It will not destroy your enthusiasm because we should take things as they are and push ourselves to improve. We experience the benefits. The reality we experience may be true or false, but it is up to us how we take it. What we do with it is the key always. True or false is not the issue, but how we take it to the next level. How we take it leads us along to worse or better experiences. We can’t change the world. But we can change how we react to the experiences. Who wants to be happy being unhappy? Why spend your life angry at the world when it was all in your head from the very start? Spend your life changing how you view the world and accept what you need to do and do it. Then you enjoy the fruits of your responsibilities. Don’t avoid what you have to do and leave it for others saying you have to deal with your mind first. Deal with your mind on the job and get double results perhaps. There is good and bad in the world and just accept it.