RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- There is a spark of hope, a playful humor about the posture we take in
meditation, which lies in the secret understanding that we all have the
buddha nature. So when you assume this posture, you are playfully imitating
a buddha, acknowledging and giving real encouragement to the emergence of
your own buddha nature. You begin to respect yourself as a potential buddha.
At the same time, you still recognize your relative condition. But because
you have let yourself be inspired by a joyful trust in your own true buddha
nature, you can accept your negative aspects more easily and deal with them
more generously and with more humor.
When you meditate, invite yourself to feel the self-esteem, the dignity, and
the strong humility of the buddha that you are. If you simply let yourself
be inspired by this joyful trust, it is enough: Out of this understanding
and confidence, meditation will naturally arise.
You can have no greater ally in the war against your greatest enemy, your
own self-grasping and self-cherishing, than the practice of compassion. It
is compassion, dedicating ourselves to others, taking on their suffering
instead of cherishing ourselves, that, hand in hand with the wisdom of
egolessness, destroys most effectively and most completely that ancient
attachment to a false self that has been the cause of our endless wandering
in samsara. That is why in our tradition we see compassion as the source and
essence of enlightenment and the heart of enlightened activity.
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.