Buddhist Philosophy

~ August 15, 2015 ~

How to be Like a Lion, Not Like a Dog

Buddhist Philosophy • audio

What does it mean to be weak?  Can you stay without any distraction in meditation for even five or ten seconds?  In these two audio teachings, Phakchok Rinpoche asks us some difficult questions about the state of our minds.


Lion or Dog?

What does it mean to be like a lion instead of a dog?  How do we learn to look at our mind, our experiences?

Stop Chasing!

Rinpoche points out here that we continually chase after external things.  Instead, what might we do?  Turn inwardly–look inside and see the thought naturally dissolve.

Why are our minds not happy?  Why are all our conditions quite good, and yet we embrace suffering and worry?  Our wish (to be happy) and our actions are in total opposition.

More Resources to Support Your Practice

The Path of Meditation

In the video above Rinpoche instructs us to drop our chasing after external distractions.  Instead, he encourages us to look inward, at our own mind. This instruction corresponds directly to  the meditation practices taught in the Mahāmudrā system.  Again and again throughout this course, we will hear Rinpoche advise us how to look inwards and watch thoughts dissolve naturally.  We can follow these pith instructions so as to become like lions instead of like dogs.    The on-line course of The Path of Meditation is designed for self-study and will help us to avoid sinking into unhappiness and dissatisfaction.
Click here for more information on The Path of Meditation

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