Objective and Style of Nagavara Raja Lineage:
Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche has insightful observation and understanding of the development of Buddhism at the current time. In form, all the lineages are still continuing various Dharma teachings. But in substance, the current Buddhism no longer preserves the pure tradition and style of the Buddha’s true Dharma age. Nowadays, it is very hard for any cultivator’s mind and action not to be led by the worldly eight winds, regardless of whether one is a monk, a nun or a lay person. This is a significant departure from the Six Harmonies and mutual respect of the Sangha of Buddha’s time, and from their pure cultivation attitude. When the form of Dharma is still passed on, but the pure traditional spirit is lost, it is not the Buddhism that Buddha left us.
Discovering the problem with his insight of wisdom, and searching for ways to change the situation, Rinpoche intends to promote and restore the pure tradition of Buddha’s true Dharma teachings. Rinpoche discerns that Lama Atisha and his disciples’ old Kadampa tradition inherited the true tradition and style of Buddha’s time. In order to restore the true Dharma, we need to promote and follow Lama Atisha’s old Kadampa mind-training teachings and their serious attitude towards cultivating virtues.
We are in the Dharma-ending period. But if the tradition and style of Buddha’s true Dharma are revived this will no longer be the Dharma-ending period. This is a very important and sacred mission. Rinpoche starts with himself and our Nagavara Raja Lineage. He wishes all disciples that study with him to directly face their current situations in life, not to beautify themselves but to adjust and change their mind stream to follow Lama Atisha’s old Kadampa practitioners, embodying the qualities of humility, honesty, kindness, and purity. Only when one possesses these basic qualities, can all Dharma studies and cultivation correctly lead to accumulating assets on the Bodhi Path.
To address the current issues of Buddhism, Rinpoche thinks the first step is to remove inequality. In a Buddhist group, regardless of each person’s cultivation level, whether one is new or more experienced, or even the Dharma Master, everyone is equal in their human dignity. Higher-ability cultivators use their ability to work harder and benefit more sentient beings. Lower-ability cultivators offer less effort and help fewer people. That is the only difference. Senior cultivators should not push around or look down upon those whose cultivation levels are lower than them, and should not cling to power and honor. Peers should avoid competition with each other and should have a friendly relationship in the Buddhist group. If this standard is maintained, then everyone who comes to study can fully concentrate on Dharma.
Rinpoche wishes to train a group of real Buddhist cultivators who can be the mainstay of Buddhism and positively contribute to its revival. When we come to understand this clearly, and change our own attitude and direction of cultivation, we will pour positive energy into Buddhism to support the true Dharma so that it does not decline.