RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- For meditation to happen, calm and auspicious conditions have to be created.
Before we have mastery over our minds, we need first to calm their
At the moment, our minds are like a candle flame: unstable, flickering,
constantly changing, fanned by the violent winds of our thoughts and
emotions. The flame will burn steadily only when we can calm the air around
it; so we can only begin to glimpse and rest in the nature of mind when we
have stilled the turbulence of our thoughts and emotions. On the other hand,
once we have found a stability in our meditation, noises and disturbances of
every kind will have far less impact.
The beginner�s mind is an open mind, an empty mind, a ready mind, and if we
really listen with a beginner�s mind, we might really begin to hear. For if
we listen with a silent mind, as free as possible from the clamor of
preconceived ideas, a possibility will be created for the truth of the
teachings to pierce us, and for the meaning of life and death to become
increasingly and startlingly clear.
My master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche said: �The more and more you listen, the
more and more you hear; the more and more you hear, the deeper and deeper
your understanding becomes.�
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.