|Excerpt from the Liner Notes from Vol. IIISACRIFICING THE SACRIFICER OR THE EGO
By Liz Hamill, Producer, Dakini Music
Although The Way of the Bodhisattva has
attained the venerable age of thirteen
centuries, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
Rinpoche’s oral commentary creates in us
an immediate, even urgent, impetus to the training of our minds and the unfolding of our spiritual path.
In 2004, at Khadro Ling, the mother
center of Chagdud Gonpa Brasil, Khyentse
Rinpoche taught chapter eight,
“Meditation,” which summarizes all the
previous chapters of The Way of the
Bodhisattva. Bodhicitta has been developed and strengthened by mindfulness, generosity, discipline, patience and diligence. Now, for meditation, Shantideva urges his audience to abandon worldly things and people, to find the solitude of the cemetery or the forest and to give up the wanderings of the mind, i.e. craving for sex, marriage and property (Stanzas 3 to 85).
Khyentse Rinpoche introduces Shantideva’s meditations in chapter 8, stanzas 90 to 184, known as “Equalizing Self and Others” and “Exchanging Self and Others.” Like a surgeon in a life or death operation, Rinpoche warns us that not only the notion of the self-ego and
renunciation is very underdeveloped in the West, but also the concept of meditation itself is distorted. Meditation
according to Shantideva should destroy the traps of the eight worldly dharmas.
Rinpoche comments, “Sacrificing the sacrificer is the unique path of the bodhisattva.” The destruction or
dismantling of the ego is the bodhisattva path’s distinctive tenet. What follows such sacrifice is the subject of “Wisdom,”
the ninth chapter.