FW: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- Taking life seriously does not mean spending our whole lives meditating as
if we were living in the Himalaya Mountains or in the old days in Tibet. In
the modern world, we have to work to earn our living, but we should not get
entangled in a nine-to-five existence, where we live without any view of the
deeper meaning of life.
Our task is to strike a balance, to find a middle way, to learn not to
overextend ourselves with extraneous activities and preoccupations, but to
simplify our lives more and more. The key to finding a happy balance in
modern life is simplicity.
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I remember how people would often come to see my master Jamyang Khyentse simply to ask for his guidance for the moment of death. He was so loved and revered throughout Tibet, especially in the eastern province of Kham, that some would travel for months on end to meet him and get his blessing just once before they died. All my masters would give this as their advice, for this is the essence of what is needed as you come to die:
“Be free of attachment and aversion. Keep your mind pure. And unite your mind with Buddha.”