Time to Wake Up!!!
Teaching by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Bendigo Retreat, October 2014
In the Bodhicharyavatara it says, “By entering this perfect human rebirth, by riding this, by entering this boat of the perfect human rebirth you can cross from life to life”. Such a boat as this perfect human rebirth is so difficult to find. Therefore, while one is ignorant and suffering, during this time don’t sleep. During this time don’t sleep. That means to not continuously be the slave to ignorance.
We have been a slave to ignorance, to the monster, to the lord ignorance. Oneself has been a slave from beginningless rebirths and that is why we are still not free from the oceans of samsaric suffering; the suffering of pain, the suffering of change and the pervasive compounded suffering. We are still not free.
We are still not liberated from the continuity of ordinary base-time; ordinary death, rebirth, and intermediate state. We are still not liberated, not FREEEE, still not FREEEE from that. We are still going through that, the six realms. Wow, wow, wow, the oceans of suffering of the six realms. Each of the realms, wow, wow, wow. Still we are not free from that.
Therefore, this is the time to wake up, not to sleep, to wake up!
Then the root, correctly devoting to the virtuous friend. Yes, wake up! Practice lam-rim, then renunciation. The root of the path is correctly devoting to the virtuous friend and then renunciation.
Wake up! Renunciation, bodhichitta, right view, then wake up! The particular tantric path; generation and completion path, and then enlightenment. So wake up, do not sleep. Do not continue to sleep. So wake up from ignorance to be free from obscurations. This is the time to develop the path, to develop Dharma wisdom, the ultimate wisdom of emptiness. To realize emptiness, the direct perception of emptiness, also compassion and bodhichitta.