On this Guru Rinpoche day, I would like to share with you some advice about two more qualities that are important both for worldly life and Dharma practice. The first of these qualities is being able to see one’s own faults without losing one’s dignity (rang kyön tong tupa, sem pa ma shorpa).
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When we really want to practice Dharma we wish to carry on until we die. We don’t want to stop! Dharma practice is a continuous journey. Of course, we want to continue until enlightenment but as we begin, we can think, “I want to practice at least until death”.
Overcoming resistance means understanding our own behavior and habits. And many of us have patterns of laziness or of rebelling against rules and regulations. So, when we are beginning a meditation practice, we can explore overcoming resistance. We observe how our own attitudes may get in the way of developing meditation experience. But as we inquire gently. we remember not to be overly rigid or extreme in our expectations. Meditation should be approached gently; we aren’t putting ourselves in jail!
As we begin to practice meditation, many of us experience doubts. One of the biggest questions is, “How can I concentrate? My mind gets distracted so easily!” We may blame the hectic pace of our modern lives, but Buddhist teachers have been talking about the “monkey mind” for two millennia.
The point of meditation is not to be calm. Instead, in this video teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that the point of meditation is to change!
Mindfulness means reminding ourselves about how to behave and think. Phakchok Rinpoche gives instructions on how to understand mindfulness as a whole package.
Handling our habits is a crucial practice for meditators. How does a beginning meditator train?
Our minds swing back and forth crazily without any stability. That is the “swing” of karma. If we don’t “swing” with karma, it cannot do anything to us.
Phakchok Rinpoche relects upon his visit to Earthfire Wildlife Sanctuary and how it changed his perception of wildlife.