RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- ..when we ask, what is the substantial cause of the material universe way
back in the early history of the universe, we trace it back to the space
particles which transform into the elements of this manifest universe. And
then we can ask whether those space particles have an ultimate beginning.
The answer is no. They are beginningless. Where other philosophical systems
maintain that the original cause was God, Buddha suggested the alternative
that there aren't any ultimate causes. The world is beginningless. Then the
question would be: Why is it beginningless? And the answer is, it is just
nature. There is no reason. Matter is just matter.
Now we have a problem: What accounts for the evolution of the universe as we
know it? What accounts for the loose particles in space forming into the
universe that is apparent to us? Why did it go through orderly processes of
change? Buddhists would say there is a condition which makes it possible,
and we speak of that condition as the awareness of sentient beings.
--from "Consciousness at the Crossroads: Conversations with the Dalai Lama
on Brain Science and Buddhism" edited by Zara Houshmand, Robert B.
Livingston, and B. Alan Wallace, published by Snow Lion Publications
You can think of the nature of mind like a mirror, with five different
powers or �wisdoms.� Its openness and vastness is the �wisdom of
all-encompassing space,� the womb of compassion. Its capacity to reflect in
precise detail whatever comes before it is the �mirrorlike wisdom.� Its
fundamental lack of any bias toward any impression is the �equalizing
wisdom.� Its ability to distinguish clearly, without confusing in any way
the various different phenomena that arise, is the �wisdom of discernment.�
And its potential of having everything already accomplished, perfected, and
spontaneously present is the �all-accomplishing wisdom.�
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.�
Gradually, as you remain open and mindful, and use a technique to focus your
mind more and more, your negativity will slowly be defused; you begin to
feel well in your own skin, or, as the French say, �tre bien dans sa peau
(�well in your own skin�). From this comes release and a profound ease. I
think of this practice as the most effective form of therapy and
Every single negative thing we have ever thought or done has ultimately
arisen from our grasping at a false self, and our cherishing of that false
self, making it the dearest and most important element in our lives. All
those negative thoughts, emotions, desires, and actions that are the cause
of our negative karma are engendered by self-grasping and self-cherishing.
They are the dark, powerful magnet that attracts to us, life after life,
every obstacle, every misfortune, every anguish, every disaster, and so they
are the root cause of all the sufferings of samsara.
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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.