Given by His Eminence ‘Choeje’ Ayang Rinpoche during the Phowa-course at Garchen Dharma Institute in Munich, Germany, May 2003 and at Amitabha Foundation Düsseldorf, Germany, June 2003, latter teaching being interpolated [within square brackets].
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This moment we will talk on the three excellences teaching, ya, three excellences teaching is: 1) How to do pure motivation, and then 2) when we do the practice, that moment, how to do perfect way practice, and then 3) after the practice how to do perfect way dedication prayer. Ya, these three which we call three excellences teaching. This three excellences teaching is very important. Whatever we do virtuous deed, always we have to try with the three excellences, virtue we have to do with the three excellences practice, ya this very important. Like this kind, with the three excellences, whatever we do virtuous deed, this virtue always that merit it will be increase, never decrease. And even if we do strong negative thought or negative deed, by this cannot be destroyed that virtuous deed (or merit from it). With three excellences virtue is permanent virtue, stable virtue, and without three excellences, whatever we do virtuous deed, that virtue just temporary virtue. If we do any negative deed or negative thought, just negative thought also can destroy easily. For example, many thousands eons even we done virtuous deed without three excellences, that virtue if we do strong anger thought, by this it will be destroyed complete. And then how much different with the three excellences virtue and without three excellences virtue, much different. For this purpose, even we are reciting just one round mala, mantra, that time also we must have three excellences together (with the reciting), this very important. Without three excellences, whatever you do virtuous deed, maybe almost we can say, your time waste. First we have to know about the three excellences, and then after always have to remember three excellences, whatever we do virtuous deed, with three excellences together you have to try. Many people they know about the three excellences, they received the teaching but not always pay attention on this, happens like this, therefore we have to try to know first what is the three excellences and second times all the time we don’t forget, whatever we do, even one pennic, one, how to say? German pesha? Even we give one cent to the needed people, that moment also we must have three excellences together, this very important. [Ya, during you giving that cent to the poor people, that moment, how to think? Strong loving-kindness, strong compassion, through this we have to give them. Don’t think something, ‘I’m great generous person, people will say, for this purpose I will give something like this.’ (laughing) Don’t think like this.]