RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- .....there are various factors that contribute to attaining that level of joy
and happiness which we conventionally also recognize as sources of
happiness, such as good physical health, ...the wealth that we accumulate,
.....and a circle of friends we trust and with whom we can relate
Now all of these are, in reality, sources of happiness, but in order for one
to be able to fully utilize them with the goal of enjoying a happy and
fulfilled life, one's state of mind is crucial. If one harbors hateful
thoughts within, or strong or intense anger somewhere deep down, then it
ruins one's health, so it destroys one of the factors. Even if one has
wonderful possessions, when one is in an intense moment of anger or hatred,
one feels like throwing them--breaking them or throwing them away. So there
is no guarantee that wealth alone can give one the joy or fulfillment that
one seeks. Similarly, when one is in an intense state of anger or hatred,
even a very close friend appears somehow "frosty," cold and distant, or
What this indicates is that our state of mind is crucial in determining
whether or not we gain joy and happiness. So leaving aside the perspective
of Dharma practice, even in worldly terms, in terms of our enjoying a happy
day-to-day existence, the greater the level of calmness of our mind, the
greater our peace of mind, and the greater our ability to enjoy a happy and
--from "Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective"
by the Dalai Lama, translated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, published by Snow Lion
Whatever is happening to us now mirrors our past karma. If we know that, and
know it truly, whenever suffering and difficulties befall us, we do not view
them particularly as failures or catastrophes, or see suffering as a
punishment in any way. Nor do we blame ourselves or indulge in self-hatred.
We see the pain we are going through as the completion of the effects, the
fruition, of a past karma. Tibetans say that suffering is �a broom that
sweeps away all our negative karma.� We can even be grateful that one karma
is coming to an end. We know that �good fortune,� a fruit of good karma, may
soon pass if we do not use it well, and that �misfortune,� the result of
negative karma, may in fact be giving us a marvelous opportunity to evolve.
Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and
gravity, . . . we shall harness . . . the energies of love. Then, for the
second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
TEILHARD DE CHARDIN
The belief in reincarnation shows us that there is some kind of ultimate
justice or goodness in the universe. It is that goodness that we are all
trying to uncover and to free. Whenever we act positively, we move toward
it; whenever we act negatively, we obscure and inhibit it. And whenever we
cannot express it in our lives and actions, we feel miserable and
The way to discover the freedom of the wisdom of egolessness, the masters
advise us, is through the process of listening and hearing, contemplation
and reflection, and meditation. They advise us to begin by listening
repeatedly to the spiritual teachings. As we listen, they will keep on and
on reminding us of our hidden wisdom nature.
Gradually, as we listen to the teachings, certain passages and insights in
them will strike a strange chord in us, memories of our true nature will
start to trickle back to us, and a deep feeling of something homely and
uncannily familiar will slowly awaken.
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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.