When you plant seeds in the garden, you don’t dig them up every day to see if they have sprouted yet. You simply water them and clear away the weeds; you know that the seeds will grow in time. Similarly, just do your daily practice and cultivate a kind heart. Abandon impatience and instead be content creating the causes for goodness; the results will come when they’re ready.
Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, “Meditator’s Toolbox”
I do not know about you….but I need this quote today…that progress , even slow progress, is progress. Om mani padme hung ~ Debra
A Parsley Sprout
A few nights ago I was speaking with a friend…who looks this way and then that way….for answers…so I thought ‘if she/he would only’….then I caught my thoughts…I was making a judgement on what was best for them spiritually.
No….I cannot do that. And I certainly would not want someone to make a decision for me how I ‘should’ or ‘should not’ believe/feel.
What I did say was …’when you stir water that has a muddy bottom….your view is clouded…when you stop stirring the water becomes more clear and you can see where you want to go. And I am happy with the path I take’. She then asked….’so these things I am showing/telling you are wrong? ‘ ‘I am not saying they are wrong. What I am saying is…I stopped stirring. ‘
When I said those words (or close to them) I felt at peace with all. No judgement. no pressure. Just being.
Be well and Enjoy,
(as a comment to The Hubris of a Life Lived . )
” It is interesting to me that people don’t see any connection between their misery and their complaints — their feeling of being a victim; the feeling that everyone is doing something to them. It’s amazing. How many times has this connection been pointed out in the dharma talks? How many? And yet because of our fear we won’t look.” ~ Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen, Love & Work
Fear does many things to us. When fear is valid; it keeps us safe. When it is not valid; it holds us back. ~ Debra
In Rebel Buddha, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche gives us a guidebook for leaving behind the status-quo and becoming the rebel that’s inside you. No, not like a ‘James Dean’ rebel but a rebel from the world of illusion that we create. DPR drops all the tradition Buddhist lingo and lays out the path to achieving freedom in a more accessible language.
I have to admit I initially was having difficulty resonating with the book but about halfway it started to click and after re-reading it, I really appreciate what he wrote much more. The book offers a challenge to our normal habits, traditions, view of self and practice. It allows us to truly discover the ‘why’ of Buddhism.
What frees us from being stuck? What cuts through our psychological blockages? We need the courage of our rebel buddha heart to leap beyond forms, to go deeper into our practice and find a way to trust ourselves. We must become our own guide.
The book has a wonderful appendix with an incredible explanation of meditation. He describes mindfulness and analytical meditation practices and how to work with problems during the session. He ends with some great poems like the following:
You are so creative
And your tricks are so original
Look at your magic
So deceptive, real, and endless
You are a great storyteller
So dramatic, colorful, and emotional
I love your stories
But do you realize that you’re telling them over and over and over?
You are such a dreamer
And you’re tirelessly so passionate
For your dream characters and the world
But do you see that you’re just dreaming
You are so familiar
Yet no one knows who you really are
Are you not called “thoughts” by some?
Are you really there-or simply my delusion
Are you not taught to be the true wisdom mind?
What a beautiful world this could be
If only I could see through this mind.
Well, it doesn’t really matter
Because I don’t exist without you!
“Who am I?” is perhaps the right question
After all, I’m just one of your many manifestations!
review by Digging the Dharma (Philip)
Everything’s good…Everything. Man is unhappy because he doesn’t know he’s happy. It’s only that. That’s all, that’s all! If anyone finds out, he’ll become happy at once, that minute. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A wonderful photo of H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama:
Happy in Everything
So while reading Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, I had to take a detour. I can’t explain why I am struggling through Rebel Buddha but I think about that later. In the meantime, I decided to read Geshe Sonam Rinchen’s commentary on 8 Verses for Training the Mind. Geshe Ngawang Phende at Drepung Loseling in Atlanta is currently in the middle of a series of teachings on root text.
I love to read Geshe Rinchen’s commentaries. I find them very straight forward and accessible for students of all levels. This teaching in particular is a wonderfully simple explanation of Langritangpa’s 8 Verses. He expounds on each verse leading us though a practice to develop our love and compassion. As Geshe-la explains:
Greater kindheartedness can transform our daily life and make all our activites meaningful. This is something we can all practice whether or not we have extensive knowledge of philosophy.
The value of these 8 verses in incalculable. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama includes them in his daily medititations. Geshe Rinchen tells us in the book to take one verses that appears to be revelant to our current circumstances and ponder it over and over until until we feel its effect. By studying all the verses in this manner and putting them into practice we begin to use every circumstance in our lives a chance to strengthen the Bodhisattva qualities, of insight, kindheartedness, and concern for others and result in greater happiness, peace and contentment on our life.
The first of the Four Noble Truths is the Truth of Suffering.
What is suffering? Buddhism describes three levels or types of suffering. This is called ‘the suffering of suffering’, the second, ‘the suffering of change’, and the third is ‘the suffering of conditioning’.
The suffering of suffering: the suffering of birth, sickness, aging, and death.
The suffering of change: things we would normally think as pleasurable.
The suffering of conditioning: What is the nature of things? Eveything happens in samsara is due to ignorance
(complied from ‘The Four Noble Truths’ by H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama, fourteenth printing – 2009)