Paltrul Rinpoche’s Quote on Anger with Commentary

Do not chase after the object of your anger – look at the angry mind,

Anger is self-arisen and self-liberated, clarity-emptiness by nature,

Clarity-emptiness is nothing other than mirror-like wisdom –

Within anger self-liberated, recite the six-syllable mantra.

– Paltrul Rinpoche

Commentary:
“Do not chase after the object of your anger – look at the angry mind”

Instead of getting caught in automatic reaction, impulsivety, and being over powered by the sensations of anger, experience it directly without concept in that moment. Instead of letting your attention go out to the person or situation, bring it back to your immediate experience. Simply, feel it, examine it, and inquire into the sensations in the body, see what it really is, instead of discharging it through reaction or stories. Experience the feeling-energy as deeply and as fully as you can (shamatha) and examine it (vipashyana).

“Anger is self-arisen and self-liberated, clarity-emptiness by nature”

By it nature, its actual reality before we assign conceptual labels and experience aversion or attachment to the experience of anger, before all that, it is naturally a clearly knowable and vivid, yet indefinable and transparent experience. This understanding is only experienced when we experience anger before the usual reactions and thought content that get immediately formed around it. It is a quick moment, needing concentration (shamatha) and penetrating investigation (vipashyana). We can also see from this nonconceptual experience that it arises without our involvement (self-arisen) and ceases without our involvement (self-liberated). We did not create it and we cannot make it stop, we can only experience it fully and directly, or react and express it to discharge it.

“Clarity-emptiness is nothing other than mirror-like wisdom”

In Vajrayana, different emotional experiences are said to clearly reveal specific aspects of Buddha nature (clarity-emptiness) when experienced directly without concept. Anger is said to show us mirror-like wisdom. Our fundamental awareness, our basic capacity to simply know things, is never changed by the things it knows. The knowing (awareness) and the vivid experience arise simultaneously. The different vivid qualities of experience change and are infinite, the knowing never changes and is never impacted by what is known. Your awareness is like a mirror, reflecting the infinite images that arise in it, but remains free, untouched, and clear.

“Within anger self-liberated, recite the six-syllable mantra.” 

When experiencing anger in the ways described above, continue to walk your path of waking up.The six-syllable mantra refers to the six practices from generosity to wisdom of the paramita Buddhist path, but here, we can simply reaolve to walk our path to realization and the expression of compassion and love.

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Advice

After 10 years of practice, this is my heart advice to date:

 

Receive your experience, the present moment,

without any preconception or conception,

in the clear, empty space that your are.

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Clarifying Waking Up- THE VELVETEEN RABBIT –

Part 1

“What is REAL? (Enlightenment/Spirit/God/Truth/Realization)” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you (emotions/concepts) and a stick-out handle?”

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“Real isn’t how you are made (body/emotion/concepts/skandhas),” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you (Life/Existence/Being/Awareness/Rigpa). When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”(Love)

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it (Waking up) happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

“I suppose you are real?” said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled.

The Skin Horse Tells His Story

“The Boy’s Uncle (Recognizing my True Nature) made me Real,” he said. “That was a great many years ago; but once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

The Rabbit sighed. He thought it would be a long time before this magic called Real happened to him. He longed to become Real, to know what it felt like; and yet the idea of growing shabby and losing his eyes and whiskers was rather sad. He wished that he could become it without these uncomfortable things happening to him.

-End Part I

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Rumi

Sit down and be quiet.

You are drunk and this is the edge of the cliff.

– Rumi

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A Simple Health Guide

A Simple Health Guide: Do these things and you may live forever;)

Lower Stress (Daily and situational meditation, yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback)

Sunlight or Vitamin D supplementation

Water (If the color of your urine is dark yellow, you need to drink more)

Limit toxin intake (Eat organic food and use natural products and cleaners. Take antioxidants daily)

Krill Oil Supplement (Omega 3/6)

Diet (Lots of fruits and vegetables, medium to small amounts of quality carbs and organic meats)

Raw Foods (Raw salads daily)

Sleep (8 hours average)
 
Exercise (x3 a week, variation is key: cardio, weight training, yoga, stretching)

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Great Informative Website

http://apophaticmysticism.com/

Adj.1.apophatic – of or relating to the belief that God can be known to humans only in terms of what He is not

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The Game

The game of life is not about winning, because you will lose much of the time

Its about playing a beautiful game

A beautiful game is played by being awake and knowing its just a game…you and your life are just the play of the universe.

If you take the game to seriously and are devastated by every loss of a pawn or your strategising to be a step ahead becomes compulsive…you will suffer deeply and the game turns into a nightmare.

Play a beautiful game with spaciousness, openness and relaxation even when you are contracted, pissed and sick of it all.

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Spiritual Medicine

A lot of my time over the last decade has been involved in exploring “spiritual medicine.” I have been in search of what this term may mean and how one puts it into practice in the clinic. Since I am now teaching, on occasion I get to explore this idea with students and get their takes. Like anything, the concept of “spiritual medicine” is idealized in countless ways and performed in countless techniuqes.

Some talk of healing energy and infusing qi, some talk of intention and quantum mechanics, some talk of connecting with Spirit and channeling the divine, others talk of magical herbs and alchemy, healing touch, clearing karma, and healing the inner child. Its is all fascinating and endless, mysterious and questionable.

I recently read a passage by Ken Wilber which sums up a definition I would stand by at this point. One that is not as complex or fanciful as the above, but is nonetheless, in my opinion, the true matter.

Perhaps you will rise as Bhaishajyaguru, whose ever-present awareness takes the form of a healing radiance. From the brilliant clarity of ever-present awareness, you will be moved to remind the sick and the sad and those in pain that although the pain is real, it is not what they are. With a simple touch or smile, contracted souls will relax into the vast expanse of intrinsic awareness, and disease will lose all meaning in the radiance of that release. And you will never tire, for ever-present awareness is effortless in its functioning, and so you will constantly remind all beings of who and what they really are, on the other side of fear, in the radical love and unflinching acceptance that is the mirror mind of ever-present awareness.(Ken Wilber)

At this level, “spiritual medicine” is not a matter of some technique, something you do to another, something dealing with matter, energy, or the mind. At this level it is about Spirit, recognizing your truest identity where there is no death, no one who suffers, and pain may arise as a blissful surge and reminder of that.

Spiritual medicine may happen by just connecting with that, and then…. a smile into their eyes. On some level, beneath the doubt and fear, they recognize what is being acknowledged.

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My New Years Resolution

2011

From the recognition that this is all perfect as it is

Empty of identity

Full of radiant dancing light

Where nothing needs to be done, finished, or corrected

From there, make this life a work of art

Make love like creating art

Wash the dishes and move your body as works of art

Every instant and action an artful-emptiness

Imbued with presence (shamatha) and recognition (vipashyana)

Use your intention 意圖 (Yi) with stability and mindfulness

Instead of letting it work unconsciously

Breath deeply and relaxed

And radiate out an intentional gift of

Awakening, wellness and peace to infinity

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Mixing Your Mind with the Guru

What does mixing your mind with the Guru’s mind or resting your mind in the nature of our Guru’s mind really mean?

You both, are in essence awareness-emptiness. The deepest layer of both of your minds is the same: the part that is aware and knowing, yet empty and not findable as a manifest object (unborn).

This aware-emptiness pervades every experience (good or bad), every thought, sound and appearance. This same aware-emptiness is the truest part of all beings and is why we are all in essence one. Whether you are a cat hearing the leaves rustle, a person hearing the cars pass, or a Guru hearing your students supplication, the same awareness unites with all these different experiences.

At the root, we are all mere-knowing, simple awareness. That is our truest self, our selfless self, the Dharmamkaya.

Mixing our mind with the Guru does not mean that is some relative sense we begin to read the Guru’s mind or have his thoughts. It does not mean we merge with him on some dualistic superficial level.

Simply recognize that the same Mind that knows in him, is the same Mind that knows in you, and that is true for all beings. The grocery clerk, your boss, your partner and your dog. This is our inherent Buddha-nature.

All of the perceptions and experiences are unique and individual as they are filtered through your specific body-mind, but the simple knowing and awareness is exactly the same.

Sarva Mangalam!

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