Mental Stability; If Now, Then Then!
“A practitioner needs to bring disturbing emotions onto the path. Instead of getting totally caught up in what we feel so strongly about, look into that which experiences the emotion. “Where is it felt?” Where does this feeling arise out of?” “Where is it right now?” How does it look?” “What is it made of?” When we fail to find any concrete thing whatsoever, we are utilising disturbing emotions as the path.
“…As Buddhist practitioners, we should strive to not be like an ordinary person, who wants only to enjoy and be comfortable in this life. An ordinary person, by definition, doesn’t give any thought to the fact that, sooner or later we will all die and, whether we like it or not, we arrive in the bardo state. During the bardo, ordinary people have nothing to hold onto, and they experience immense fear. Overcome by panic, distress and despair, they may feel incredible regret for how they spent their life.
“Whether we are alive in a physical body or have passed on and are in the bardo state, the most important thing is to be stable-minded and level headed. Be steady in yourselves, and do not become totally overwhelmed by experiences; do not immediately get carried away by whatever takes place. This is an important quality to cultivate. Otherwise, whenever we feel pain or anxiety, we will be totally caught up in it. Train now to be more balanced in your responses to your emotions…”
by Thrangu Rinpoche
Foremost master of the Kagyu lineage
Senior tutor to the the 17th Karmapa, Urgyen Trinley Dorje