RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- When you meditate, breathe naturally, just as you always do.
Focus your awareness lightly on the outbreath. When you breathe out, just
flow out with the outbreath. Each time you breathe out, you are letting go
and releasing all your grasping. Imagine your breath dissolving into the
all-pervading expanse of truth.
Each time you breathe out, and before you breathe in again, you will find
that there is a natural gap, as your grasping dissolves.
Rest in that gap, in that open space. And when, naturally, you breathe in,
don�t focus especially on the inbreath but go on resting your mind in the
gap that has opened up.
The teachings show us precisely what will happen if we prepare for death and
what will happen if we do not. The choice could not be clearer. If we refuse
to accept death now, while we are still alive, we will pay dearly throughout
our lives, at the moment of death, and thereafter. The effects of this
refusal will ravage this life and all the lives to come.
We will not be able to live our lives fully; we will remain imprisoned in
the very aspect of ourselves that has to die. This ignorance will rob us of
the basis of the journey to enlightenment, and trap us endlessly in the
realm of illusion, the uncontrolled cycle of birth and death, that ocean of
suffering that Buddhists call �samsara.�
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.