Monday, October 27, 2014

Green Beans and Barley by Ricky (English / Hungarian Bilingual)


Shang Longrik Gyatso Rinpoche Ricky Student
Ricky from Hungary
In today's world people are crazy about success. We can see it on TV when a famous person arrogantly declares that what he demands from his employees is a perfect result. Or there is the classic story of the entertainer who hits the bottle when the good days are over.

But is it only celebrities that are preoccupied with success? I do not think so. Most of us are like that in our own way. As for me, I am a perfectionist, which means I often give myself pressure. This is good to a certain point, but it often just leads to unnecessary suffering. When I was younger, for example, I decided to read every book by a certain classical writer. Actually, many of them were just mediocre. Eventually, I did it, but was it worth it? Not really: it was a waste of time. 
We should learn to let go. And one of the best teachers on this is the Venerable Shang Rinpoche. I have often observed the way he gives advice to people. He usually only says it once. Not because he is conceited but because, as he has explained, if the person has no karmic affinity, he or she will not listen to him anyway. 
However, I have also heard Rinpoche repeat a suggestion several times. This he does out of compassion for us, who often disregard good advice, whether it comes from him or from others. For instance, every summer he will suggest that we should eat green bean and pearl barley soup every day (the grains boiled in water without anything added, just a small bowl daily). 
Last summer I followed his advice, and had also managed to stop snacking for some time. After 5 weeks I realized during a hiking trip that, although sweating profusely, my body did not smell at all. The stuff really did completely purify me! Anybody can try next summer. (It is a cooling soup for hot and humid weather so it is not for winter consumption.)
I could not help but include this little recipe. The bottom line is what Shang Rinpoche teaches us: don't take yourself so seriously and learn to let go.
 
Tedd, amit tenned kell, es ne foglalkozz az eredmennyel! 

A mai ember a siker megszallottja. Lathatjuk ezt a teveben, amikor a hiresseg arrogansan kijelenti, hogy tokeletes eredmenyt var el az alkalmazottaitol. Vagy ott a hires muvesz, aki inni kezd, amikor mar nem olyan nepszeru. 
De csak az ismert emberek a rabjai ennek a jelensegnek? Nem hinnem. A magunk modjan a legtobben ilyenek vagyunk. En, peldanak okaert, maximalista vagyok, aminek eredmenyekepp gyakran tul sokat varok el magamtol. Ez lehet  jo is, de sokszor ertelmetlen kinlodashoz vezet. Amikor peldaul fiatalabb voltam, elhataroztam, hogy egy hires klasszikus szerzo minden muvet elolvasom. Sok kozuluk kozepszeru olvasmany volt. Vegul elertem celom, de azt hiszem, nem erte meg: csak idopazarlas volt. 
Meg kellene tanulnunk nem ragaszkodni annyira a dolgokhoz. Shang Rinpoche pedig egyike a azoknak, akik ezt a legjobban tanitjak. Gyakran megfigyeltem, ahogyan tanacsot ad masoknak. Altalaban egyszer mondja csak el. Nem nagykepusegbol, hanem mert, amint egyszer emlitette, ha az illetonek olyan a karmaja, amugy se hallgatna ra. 
Mindazonaltal olyan is elofordult, hogy Rinpoche valamit tobbszor elismetelt. Ebben irantunk valo joindulata nyilvanul meg, hiszen gyakran nem hallgatunk a jo tanacsra, jojjon az akar Tole, akar mastol. Nyaranta peldaul tobbszor is elmondja, hogy egyunk mungo babbol es azsiai gyongyarpabol keszult levest minden nap. (A ket hozzavalot vizben kell megfozni, minden egyeb hozzaadasa nelkul-naponta eleg egy kis tanyerral.) Tavaly nyaron sikerult a nassolast egy idore abbahagynom. Ot het utan egy turazas alkalmaval eszrevettem, hogy, bar izzadtam rendesen, a testemnek semmi szaga nem volt. A leves tokeletesen meregtelenitett! Jovo nyaron barki kiprobalhatja. (Ez egy husito leves paras, meleg napokra, telen tehat nem ajanlott.)
Nem tudtam megallni, hogy ne emlitsem meg ezt a kis receptet. A lenyeg az, amire Shang Rinpoche tanit: ne vedd magad tul komolyan, es tanuld meg elengedni a dolgokat!
Ricky, Magyarorszag

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