RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- Howard Cutler: "...am I right in assuming that you would consider solitary
meditation to be a productive activity? Would you consider to be productive
our example of a monk who is a hermit, who has little contact with anybody
else and spends his or her life just in meditation, trying to achieve
Dalai Lama: "Not necessarily. From my viewpoint, there can be both
productive meditation and unproductive meditation."
HC: "What's the difference?"
DL: "[Some] practitioners and other kinds of meditators practice different
techniques, some with closed eyes, sometimes open eyes, but the very nature
of that meditation is to become thoughtless, in a state free of thoughts.
But in a way, this is a kind of retreat, like they are running away from
trouble. When they actually face trouble, carry on their daily life and face
some real life problems, nothing has changed. Their attitudes and reactions
remain the same. So that kind of meditation is just avoiding the problem,
like going on a picnic, or taking a painkiller. It's not actually solving
Some people may spend many years doing these practices, but their actual
progress is zero. That's not productive meditation. Genuine progress occurs
when the individual not only sees some results in achieving higher levels of
meditative states but also when their meditation has at least some influence
on how they interact with others, some impact from that meditation in their
daily life--more patience, less irritation, more compassion. That's
productive meditation. Something that can bring benefit to others in some
--from "The Art of Happiness at Work" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and
Howard C. Cutler, M.D.
Profound and tranquil, free from complexity,
Uncompounded luminous clarity,
Beyond the mind of conceptual ideas;
This is the depth of the mind of the Victorious Ones.
In this there is not a thing to be removed,
Nor anything that needs to be added.
It is merely the immaculate
Looking naturally at itself.
NYOSHUL KHEN RINPOCHE
In today�s highly interdependent world, individuals and nations can no
longer resolve many of their problems by themselves. We need one another. We
must therefore develop a sense of universal responsibility . . . It is our
collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global
family, to support its weaker members, and to preserve and tend to the
environment in which we all live.
THE DALAI LAMA
Difficulties and obstacles, if properly understood and used, can turn out to
be an unexpected source of strength. Gesar was the great warrior king of
Tibet, whose escapades form the greatest epic of Tibetan literature. Gesar
means �indomitable,� someone who can never be put down. From the moment
Gesar was born, his evil uncle Trotung tried all kinds of means to kill him.
But with each attempt Gesar only grew stronger and stronger.
For the Tibetans, Gesar is not only a martial warrior but also a spiritual
one. To be a spiritual warrior means to develop a special kind of courage,
one that is innately intelligent, gentle, and fearless. Spiritual warriors
can still be frightened, but even so they are courageous enough to taste
suffering, to relate clearly to their fundamental fear, and to draw out
without evasion the lessons from difficulties.
A direct reflection on what death means and the many facets of the truth of
impermanence can enable us to make rich use of this life while we still have
time, and ensure that when we die it will be without remorse or
self-recrimination at having wasted our lives.
As Tibet�s famous poet-saint, Milarepa, said: �My religion is to live�and
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.