Meditation – Getting to Know our Ordinary Mind

Getting to Know our Mind with the Practice of Meditation

 The practice of meditation is basically a process of getting to know yourself. How do you do it? By becoming familiar with your mind. Normally the mind is a whirlwind of thought, and meditation is a practice that calms this down and helps us develop a peaceful state of mind. Not only is our mind busy thinking, we’re usually thinking about the past or the future. We’re either reliving old dramas or imagining what could happen tomorrow or in ten years and trying to plan for it. We usually aren’t experiencing the present moment at all. We can’t change the past, and the future is always ahead of us — we never reach it, have you ever noticed? So, as long as this process continues, our mind never comes to rest. The mind can never just settle down and feel at ease. – DPR

On Saka Dawa, the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the life and activity of the Buddha, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche concluded his Northeast Nalandabodhi tour in Philadelphia.  In his closing remarks, Rinpoche reminded us that “the good news is that we have our mind 24/7, which means we have an opportunity for awakening 24/7. If we work with our mind in every situation, as much as we can, then it increases our chance of awakening with our ordinary mind, not just our ‘spiritual mind’ in the shrine room. Where we need to work with our compassion is with ordinary people on the street, on the subway, on the interstate, at home or at work. That’s where we have the opportunity to achieve awakening: 24/7.” – DPR

 

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