RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- Our buddha nature has an active aspect, which is our �inner teacher.� From
the very moment we became obscured, this �inner teacher� has worked
tirelessly for us, tirelessly trying to bring us back to the radiance and
spaciousness of our true being. Not for one second, my master Jamyang
Khyentse said, has the inner teacher given up on us. In its infinite
compassion, one with the infinite compassion of all the buddhas and all the
enlightened beings, it has been ceaselessly working for our evolution�not
only in this life but in all our past lives�using all kinds of skillful
means and all types of situations to teach and awaken us and to guide us
back to the truth.
Is karma really so hard to see in operation? Don�t we only have to look back
at our own lives to see clearly the consequences of some of our actions?
When we upset or hurt someone, didn�t it rebound on us? Were we not left
with a bitter and dark memory, and the shadows of self-disgust? That memory
and those shadows are karma. Our habits and our fears too are also due to
karma, the results of our past actions, words, and thoughts. If we examine
our actions, and become really mindful of them, we will see that there is a
pattern that repeats itself. Whenever we act negatively, it leads to pain
and suffering; whenever we act positively, it eventually results in
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.