RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- Dudjom Rinpoche used to tell the story of a powerful bandit in India, who,
after countless successful raids, realized the terrible suffering he had
been causing. He yearned for some way of atoning for what he had done, and
visited a famous master. He asked him: �I am a sinner, I am in torment.
What�s the way out? What can I do?�
The master looked the bandit up and down and then asked him what he was good
�Nothing,� replied the bandit.
�Nothing?� barked the master. �You must be good at something!�
The bandit was silent for a while, and eventually admitted: �Actually there
is one thing I have a talent for, and that�s stealing.�
The master chuckled: �Good! That�s exactly the skill you�ll need now. Go to
a quiet place and rob all your perceptions, and steal all the stars and
planets in the sky, and dissolve them into the belly of emptiness, the
all-encompassing space of the nature of mind.�
Within twenty-one days, the bandit had realized the nature of his mind, and
eventually came to be regarded as one of the great saints of India.
When someone is suffering and you find yourself at a loss to know how to
help, put yourself unflinchingly in his or her place. Imagine as vividly as
possible what you would be going through if you were suffering the same
pain. Ask yourself: �How would I feel? How would I want my friends to treat
me? What would I most want from them?�
When you exchange yourself for others in this way, you are directly
transferring your cherishing from its usual object, yourself, to other
beings. So exchanging yourself for others is a very powerful way of
loosening the hold on you of the self-cherishing and the self-grasping of
ego, and so of releasing the heart of your compassion.
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.