RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- One method of meditation that many people find useful is to rest the mind
lightly on an object. You can use an object of natural beauty that invokes a
special feeling of inspiration for you, such as a flower or a crystal. But
something that embodies the truth, such as an image of Buddha, or Christ, or
particularly your master, is even more powerful.
Your master is your living link with the truth, and because of your personal
connection to your master, just seeing his or her face connects you to the
inspiration and truth of your own nature.
Imagine a person who suddenly wakes up in the hospital after an automobile
accident to find that she is suffering from total amnesia. Outwardly,
everything is intact: She has the same face and form, her senses and her
mind are there, but she doesn�t have any idea or any trace of a memory of
who she really is.
In exactly the same way, we cannot remember our true identity, our original
nature. Frantically, and in real dread, we cast around and improvise another
identity, one we clutch with all the desperation of someone falling
continuously into an abyss. This false and ignorantly assumed identity is
If this elephant of mind is bound on all sides by the cord of mindfulness,
All fear disappears and complete happiness comes.
All enemies: all the tigers, lions, elephants, bears, serpents (of our emotions);
And all the keepers of hell; the demons and the horrors,
All of these are bound by the mastery of your mind,
And by the taming of that one mind, all are subdued,
Because from the mind are derived all fears and immeasurable sorrows.