Change Our Attitude
change our karma

“Atisha said, ‘Aim your mind at the Dharma. Aim your Dharma practice at simple living. Aim at simple living your entire life, and aim your death at solitude.’

“Atisha also told us to ‘keep a low seat’, meaning a low profile. Don’t strive to be high and important. Wear simple clothing, not fancy expensive garments; wear whatever you come by. Moreover, he said, ‘Be your own teacher. Be your own guide. Do not remain in a situation where you must take orders from others. Live in a way that allows you to rely on yourself. If you live like this, you have the possibility of becoming a pure practitioner.’

“So, if we want to practise, we should make up our minds how to do so. It’s best if we can be perfect, pure, wholehearted practitioners. If not, at least try to embody half of what has been mentioned, or at the very least, take to heart a single piece of this advice and truly live it.”

from Rainbow Painting
by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

from Wikipedia: Atisha was a Buddhist Bengali religious leader and master. He was one of the major figures in the spread of 11th-century Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism in Asia and inspired Buddhist thought from Tibet to Sumatra.

Within the whirl of our karmic existence,
we can remember our still centre
and remain in solitude

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  1. tony says:

    It’s like going into a room full of people and feeling all alone.
    Socially we are supposed to join in and not feel isolated,
    but perhaps this is how it is.
    Everyone else is desperate to join in the ‘in crowd’ – be where it’s at!
    We are where it’s at already, so enjoy it.
    Silence is golden.

  2. marcel says:

    “short moments.., manyt times”

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