RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that together we may succeed in
building a better world through human understanding and love, and that in
doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all sentient beings.
--from His Holiness' Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, Oslo, December
1989, from "The Pocket Dalai Lama" compiled and edited by Mary Craig
When you have fully recognized that the nature of your mind is the same as
that of the master, from then on you and the master can never be separate,
because the master is onewith the nature of your mind, always present, as it
When you have recognized that the master and you are inseparable, an
enormous gratitude and sense of awe and homage is born in you. Dudjom
Rinpoche calls this �the homage of the View.� It is a devotion that springs
spontaneously from seeing the View of the nature of mind.
Imagine vividly a situation where you have acted badly, one about which you
feel guilty, and about which you wince even to think of it.
Then, as you breathe in, accept total responsibility for your actions in
that particular situation, without in any way trying to justify your
behavior. Acknowledge exactly what you have done wrong, and wholeheartedly
ask for forgiveness. Now, as you breathe out, send out reconciliation,
forgiveness, healing, and understanding.
So you breathe in blame, and breathe out the undoing of harm; you breathe in
responsibility, breathe out healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
This exercise is particularly powerful and may give you the courage to go to
see the person whom you have wronged, and the strength and willingness to
talk to him or her directly and actually ask for forgiveness from the depths
of your heart.
What really matters is not just the practice of sitting but far more the
state of mind you find yourself in after meditation. It is this calm and
centered state of mind you should prolong through everything you do. I like
the Zen story in which the disciple asked his master:
�Master, how do you put enlightenment into action? How do you practice it in
�By eating and by sleeping,� replied the master.
�But Master, everybody sleeps and everybody eats.�
�But not everybody eats when they eat, and not everybody sleeps when they
From this comes the famous Zen saying, �When I eat, I eat; when I sleep, I
To eat when you eat and sleep when you sleep means to be completely present
in all your actions, with none of the distractions of ego to stop you from
being there. This is integration.
Think of the moment of death as a strange border zone of the mind, a
no-man�s land in which, on one hand, if we do not understand the illusory
nature of our body, we might suffer vast emotional trauma as we lose it, and
on the other we are presented with the possibility of limitless freedom, a
freedom that springs precisely from the absence of that very same body.
When we are at last freed from the body that has defined and dominated our
understanding of ourselves for so long, the karmic vision of one life is
completely exhausted, but any karma that might be created in the future has
not yet begun to crystallize.
So what happens in death is that there is a �gap,� or space, that is fertile
with vast possibility; it is a moment of tremendous, pregnant power where
the only thing that matters, or could matter, is how exactly the mind is.
Stripped of a physical body, the mind stands naked, revealed startlingly for
what it has always been: the architect of our reality.
I remember how people would often come to see my master Jamyang Khyentse
simply to ask for his guidance for the moment of death. He was so loved and
revered throughout Tibet, especially in the eastern province of Kham, that
some would travel for months on end to meet him and get his blessing just
once before they died. All my masters would give this as their advice, for
this is the essence of what is needed as you come to die:
�Be free of attachment and aversion. Keep your mind pure. And unite your
mind with Buddha.�
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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.