How to recognize or assess a real Rinpoche? – 24 Feb 2017

Dharma Teaching by Singha Thekchen Namdrol Rinpoche in Mandarin
A summary translated by Kok Pei Kee

The Sutra mentions a real Rinpoche must have 10 qualities but in reality it is difficult to find someone with all the 10 qualities so at least this person should be better than us/have more qualities than us, have a good heart, be skilful, compassionate, have wisdom and realizations (realizations cannot be explained by words but can only be felt).

The 10 qualities mentioned by the Sutra are:
1) stable & disciplined (i.e. have ethics) & walk the talk (i.e. lead by example),
2) have stable siddhi (i.e. stable mind, single pointed concentration, have inner peace),
3) having pacified delusions from training in wisdom (no self-grasping, not rash) = perfection of wisdom, inner
awakening, realization of emptiness
4) have more knowledge than the student,
5) must have joy in teaching,
6) deep knowledge of Buddhism and experience,
7) train in the experience & realization of emptiness (need to experience to have realizations, use wisdom to
overcome “mental blocks”/situations by melting with the blockage/situation and evaporating like ice),
8) skilful in teaching (look at the ability of the students; ultimately it is the student who decides and takes
9) great compassion
10) able to teach all students regardless of intelligence and realization

It is important to know these qualities as aspiration for our current life and futures lives.
On the other hand, a student must too have qualities. Those qualities can be summarized by the 12 core values of TCCL:
1) Filiality = it involves to learn from the spiritual teacher, do things together with common direction and purpose.
If Guru (i.e. spiritual teacher/friend – like a mentor) has affinity/karmic connection with his student (i.e.
mentee) he will help them have realizations. To have karmic connection with the Guru, we need to open our heart
and hold him into our heart and slowly we will transform. Before we do something, pause and think or if we do bad
things, need to repent.

A living Buddha is someone who can transmit the teachings of the Buddha with his own wisdom and realizations and bring the teachings to life. He brings to life the student’s Buddha nature, to ignite.
Rinpoche means precious. In Tibetan Buddhism, a Guru is called precious teacher only if he practices HYT (“Precious Refuge Guru”). The real treasure is what is inside the teacher.

As a practitioner, we should not talk about letting go or renouncing but instead: 1) make our heart bigger, 2) relax and 3) open our heart. Only then we can truly let go.

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