RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels
....a buddha is someone who has attained full enlightenment through the
cultivation of compassion and the wisdom of no-self, the absence of
self-existence. From our discussion we also saw how the Dharma jewel is to
be understood as the path by which we can gradually accomplish the same
result as the fully awakened Buddha. Likewise, the Sangha jewel is the
community of sincere practitioners who have directly realised emptiness, the
ultimate nature of reality.
For those of us who consider ourselves to be practising Buddhists, it is
crucial to have this kind of deeper understanding of the Three Jewels when
we go for refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
-- by The Dalai Lama, from "Lighting the Way" published by Snow Lion
If you are sitting, and your mind is not wholly in tune with your body�if
you are, for instance, anxious or preoccupied with something�your body will
experience physical discomfort, and difficulties will arise more easily.
Whereas if your mind is in a calm, inspired state, it will influence your
whole posture, and you can sit much more naturally and effortlessly. So it
is very important to unite the posture of your body and the confidence that
arises from your realization of the nature of your mind.
What is the View? It is nothing less than seeing the actual state of things
as they are; it is knowing that the true nature of mind is the true nature
of everything; and it is realizing that the true nature of mind is the
Dudjom Rinpoche says: �The View is the comprehension of the naked awareness,
within which everything is contained: sensory perception and phenomenal
existence, samsara and nirvana. This awareness has two aspects: �emptiness�
as the absolute, and �appearances� or �perception� as the relative.�
More than twenty-five hundred years ago, a man who had been searching for
the truth for many, many lifetimes came to a quiet place in northern India
and sat down under a tree. He continued to sit under the tree, with immense
resolve, and vowed not to get up until he had found the truth.
At dusk, it is said, he conquered all the dark forces of delusion; and early
the next morning, as the planet Venus broke in the dawn sky, the man was
rewarded for his age-long patience, discipline, and flawless concentration
by achieving the final goal of human existence: enlightenment.
At that sacred moment, the earth itself shuddered, as if �drunk with bliss,�
and, as the scriptures tell us: �No one anywhere was angry, ill or sad; no
one did evil, none was proud; the world became quite quiet, as though it had
reached full perfection.� This man became known as Buddha.
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.