Parting from the Four Attachments
When he was twelve years old, the great Sakyapa lama spent six months doing the practice of Arya Manjushri, and as a result, on one occasion he had a direct vision of the deity. The glorious Manjughosha, orange in colour, was surrounded by a mass of brilliant light and seated resplendently upon a jewelled throne. He was displaying the mudra of teaching the Dharma, and was flanked on either side by two bodhisattvas. He spoke the following words:
Reflecting on the meaning of this statement, Kunga Nyingpo realized that this mind training of ‘parting from the four attachments’ incorporates all the practices of the path of the transcendent perfections, and he felt an extraordinary confidence in all the teachings of the Dharma. Samāptamithi.
If you cling to this life, you are not a practitioner;
If you cling to the three realms, that is not renunciation;
If you cling to self-interest, you are not a bodhisattva;
If grasping arises, it is not the view.
- Mind Training, The Great Collection, translated by Thupten Jinpa for the Institute of Tibetan Classics, Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-440-7, page 517.
Teachings on Parting from the Four Attachments
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- Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche, Rigpa London, June (?) 1987
- His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Rigpa London, May 1995
- Pewar Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, Tuesday 15 May 2007
- Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 21 June 2008
- Mind Training, The Great Collection, translated by Thupten Jinpa for the Institute of Tibetan Classics, Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-440-7, pages 517-566.
- Parting from the Four Attachments, Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, Snow Lion Publications, ISBN 1-55939-193-6.