Parting from the Four Attachments

Mind Training (Lojong) | Tibetan MastersSachen Kunga Nyingpo

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The Instructions on Parting from the Four Attachments

Om Svasti Siddham!

When he reached the age of twelve, the great Sachen Kunga Nyingpo undertook a six-month practice of the bodhisattva Manjushri. One day he had a vision, in which he actually saw, amidst a brilliant blaze of light, the holy Lord Manjushri, orange in colour and seated on a jewelled throne, his feet placed flat upon the ground, his hands in the mudra of explaining the Dharma, and with an attendant bodhisattva on either side.

Manjushri spoke to him:

“If you are attached to this life, you are not a true spiritual practitioner;
If you are attached to samsara, you have no renunciation;
If you are attached to your own self-interest, you have no bodhichitta;
If there is grasping, you do not have the View.”

When Sachen Kunga Nyingpo examined the truth of these words, he understood that the entire practice of the path of the paramitas was condensed into training the mind in parting from these four attachments, and he attained a special conviction and insight into all the teachings of the Dharma.


| Rigpa Translations 2011. Revised 2012.

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