La vida como en un cinema
Suppose that we are born in a movie theater and not know what is before us is only a projection. We know it's just a film, a movie, and the events on the screen are not real, they do not really exist. Everything we see on screen - love, hate, violence, suspense, emotion - is only the effect of light projected through celluloid. But nobody has told us, so we were looking, obsessed with film. If someone comes to our attention, we say: Silence! And even with something important to do, so we postponed. We are fully absorbed and blind to the fact that the projection is completely futile.
Now suppose that someone in the chair next to him who says: "This is just a movie. It's not real. It is really happening. It's just a projection. " There is a possibility that we too realize that what we are seeing is a movie that is unreal and without essence.
This does not mean that we automatically we stop and we leave the room. We do not have to do that. We can just relax and watch the love story, the scene of action or whatever. We can experience its intensity. And if we have some confidence that it is only a projection, then we can delay it, advance it or see the movie again when we want. And we have the option to leave when we want, and come back another time to see it again. Once we are confident that we can go at any time, you may not feel we have to. We can choose to sit back and watch.
Sometimes a scene from the film can overwhelm. A tragic moment could impact us too and let go. But now, something in our heart tells us that this is not real, it's no big deal.
This is what you have to understand a practitioner of dharma - the whole samsara or nirvana, are as unreal as the essence or without film. Until we see this, it will be very difficult for the Dharma take root in our minds. We always leave out, lured by the glory and beauty of this world, by the appearance of success and failure. However, once we realize, even for a second, that all these appearances are not real, we get some confidence. This does not mean we have to go to Nepal or India and become monks or nuns. We can have our work, wear a suit and tie and go with the briefcase to the office every day. We can fall in love, offer our loved flowers, exchanging rings. But something inside is telling us that none of this has a real essence.
It is very important to realize this. If we do, at least a little, in our lifetime we will be happy for the rest of time just remember that what we noticed.
Now, it may happen that when someone whispered in our ear: "Hey! This is just a movie, "do not listen because we are distracted. Perhaps at that time there was a big crash in the movie, or music was very strong, then we do not hear the message. Or maybe he heard the message, but our ego misunderstands the information, and we believe that there is something confused true and real in the movie after all. Why is this happening? It happens because of our lack of merit. The credit is extremely important. Of course intelligence, or prajna, is important. Compassion, or karuna is important. But merit is paramount. Without merit, we are as ignorant and illiterate beggar a million dollar lottery win but knows not to do with money and lose instantly.
But suppose we have some merit and actually understand the message we whispered the other person. Then, as Buddhists, we have different options. From the standpoint of Theravada Buddhism, we got up and left the movie theater, or close our eyes, and so let us not be carried away by the film. We end the suffering of that. Within the Mahayana, reduce suffering by understanding that the film is not real, which is a projection and is completely empty. Do not fail to see the movie, but we realize that it has no inherent existence. In addition, we are concerned about the other people in the room. Finally, in the Vajrayana, we know it's just a movie, we are not deceived, and enjoyed the show. The more emotion evokes in us, the more we appreciate how brilliant production. We share our insights with friends spectators, we trust you are also able to appreciate what we see.
But to implement this in real life we need merit. In Theravada Buddhism one accumulates merit by resignation. We see that the film makes us suffer and we want to stop seeing her. Within the Mahayana accumulate merit compassion. We have a broad and open mind that is more concerned with the suffering of others.
Moreover, this transformation - of being trapped by the movie, get to see the emptiness of the events in the film, only to deal with the welfare of others - can take a long, long time. That is why the Vajrayana we move into the fast lane and accumulate merit through devotion. We trust the person who is whispering to us, and having an understanding that has been released. Not only assimilate the information you are giving us, but we appreciate their mental freedom and depth of his being. We know we have the potential for this release too, and this makes us appreciate it even more. Only a moment of such devotion, just half a second, just a little of that devotion, has immense merit. If we are in tune with the person who is whispering to us, it may help us to discover within ourselves our true lover of movies. You can let us see how the rest of the audience is trapped by the film, and how unnecessary it all. Then, without having to rely on our confused struggle to understand the way this person leads to an understanding of what we are seeing. And so we can become someone who can sit quietly and enjoy the show. And maybe we could even whisper the same to others.
* Taken from the article "Life as Cinema," Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Shambhala Sun, November 2003.