Tibetan Buddhism detachment

© 2011 By Gary Vey

Evidence that we have lived before.

While most people think of reincarnation as a dogma of religion or an interesting philosophy, the Buddhist monks in Tibet have developed it into a science.

This ancient and isolated Himalayan community has a tradition of contemplating and recording the aspects of human consciousness. Buddha, himself, began these thought experiments as a means of understanding human suffering. He discovered that our misery comes from our reluctance to accept change and our emotional attachment to both situations and material objects. Buddha understood that change is an inevitable process with time and he devised a method for detaching oneself, mentally and emotionally, from transient phenomenon.

Detachment and Meditation: Who's Watching Who?

Tibetan Buddhism is a bit different from the usual philosophy of "dry detachment" from the world. The teachings incorporate an attachment to one thing which is the foundation of the universe - compassion. They seek the goal of enlightenment not for their personal accomplishment or mastery - but so that they will be able to likewise liberate all sentient beings from their suffering. This grand goal is accomplished through good works and meditation.

In Tibetan Buddhism, meditation is not merely thinking about "nothing", as some people have written. It's much more complicated process with definite goals.

It was explained to me as follows:

Imagine you are an actor on stage, performing a very emotional role in a play. To be convincing, you must believe, at that moment, that you are actually the character you are portraying. You must try to feel the emotion of the drama and express your reaction. But somewhere inside of you, at the same time, you know that you are an actor. The performance you are giving is not real.

Relate that same phenomenon to yourself right now. You are reading this web page and you have a pretty good idea about who you are - your identity. Yet, it is possible to step back from this in meditation and become the person who is observing yourself.

As I have aged, I have watched my hair turn white and my face change. I noticed that I think about life and the world in different ways, from my accumulated experience and wisdom. Yet there is part of me that has not changed - it has been consistently there, through the good and bad, watching my life as if it were some play.

I'm told that Tibetan Buddhism encourages one to go even deeper into consciousness, to where exists the person watching the person who is watching the person who is watching one's life. This is not as easy as it seems. The various personae of consciousness define our understanding of reality and they are not easily shed. But when they are, we discover who the "actor" really is; and with this awakening from our "character" we can voluntarily control our role in the drama of life and death. We can stop being an actor or we can define our character.

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