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  • Namdrol Tsepal
    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
    Message 1 of 785 , Oct 3, 2005
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      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
      at.

      �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.


      Sogyal Rinpoche


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      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.


      Sogyal Rinpoche
    • Analine Tsepal
      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,
      Message 785 of 785 , Aug 6, 2011
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        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.


        SHANTIDEVA

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