Refuge in our hearts

Once we clearly recognize that our expectations lead only to disappointment and frustration, constant grasping no longer binds us, and we become more open to our experiences.

We can find satisfaction anywhere—a simple walk may give more pleasure than any other entertainment.

But until we open our hearts, there is little inspiration, inner light, or warmth to sustain us, for we constantly undermine ourselves.

Ultimately no one can really help us unless we take the first step, listen to ourselves, encourage ourselves, and give ourselves confidence by taking refuge in our hearts.

Once our hearts are open, all existence appears naturally beautiful and harmonious.

This is not just another fantasy—it is possible to see and feel this way, and this is the essence of the spiritual teachings.

The heart reveals all knowledge to us.

Why the heart and not the mind? Because our egos control our heads, and our hearts are much more free. 

Tibetan Meditation 

A compassionate heart

Compassion is a healthy psychological attitude, because it does not involve expectations or demands.

Even if we are not able to accomplish very much on a physical level, at least can have the desire to be a loving person with a compassionate heart—the wish to help others, spontaneously, with no reservations.

This attitude automatically opens our hearts and develops our compassion.

Then we can sincerely say to ourselves, “If there is any way I can learn to increase my compassion or understanding of humanity, then I wish to receive that teaching—wherever it exists—and take the responsibility to use that knowledge to help others.” 

Tibetan Meditation

Global warming

Today everyone speaks about global warming and the environment.

What a shame that we respond only when pinched, we listen only when shouted at.

Now it is quite late, and it may be difficult to undo all the damage that has been done to these important relationships.

Whatever we can do in our own lives to restore these precious bonds will help the healing of us all. 

TNMC Annals 44th edition

Severe situation

In this dark time, Westerners have lost track of what is good for them, they turn to drugs, alcohol, unhealthy food, and other addictive habits and substances.

The news each day carries deeply unsetting stories of suffering and distress.

It is a severe situation, and it seems that it is almost too late to address it in any meaningful way

So much technology has already been created, so many weapons and machines operating beyond anyone’s ability to question how they are to be used.

The course of conduct followed by nations, cultures, and individuals are slipping out of control.

The mind is in the grip of an all-powerful regime, hooked into patterns that make it profoundly difficult to develop deeper understanding.

These problems exist in the East as well, but in this domain it is the West that is leading the way. 

TNMC Annals

Even the present position

Mind or consciousness, is always relating to ‘me’—to a subjective point of view.

When we are meditating consciously, we feel that the instruction is coming to ‘me’ because ‘I’ am the meditator, or that ‘I’ the subject am within the meditation.

We have difficulty accepting the fact that the way to meditate is simply to ‘let go’ of all preconceptions and expectations and to ‘just be’.

Once we can do this, we will realize that meditation is simply living in the present and not being concerned with past memories or future expectations.

But we also need to be careful not to grasp at the present; we need to let go of any position, even the present position. 

Gesture of Balance

Gentle and patient

Meditation Exercise

We breathe. We feel. We notice.

We are not noticing anything in particular, not picking objects out of the background.

We are just noticing; just relaxing.

Notice, then relax; then notice some more, and relax some more.

Maybe this is less complicated than we think, and less conceptual; maybe there is no point that could not be opened, if we are gentle and patient enough.    

Keys of Knowledge

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Can we question

For thousands of years, a question has plagued humanity: why does life have so many problems?

Must we continue to experience frustration and confusion?

Must we waste much of our lives in coping with emotional upheavals?

Since it has always been this way, we may think we have no choice: “That is the way it is,” we say.

But can we question if this really has to be?

Revelations of Mind