Before you begin learning how to train the mind
to abide peacefully, this lesson provides an opportunity
to explore your motivation and to learn where the
journey of meditation can take you.
Why are you taking a course called Taming
the Mind? Why are you learning
about peaceful abiding meditation?
How is your mind not your ally? What
do you hope to affect by participating
in this course?
we sit in meditation, we are walking in a
sense. We are moving in a certain direction,
in accord with our view.
View means always knowing what
we are doing. When we sit down on the cushion
completely understand why we are doing so and
what the purpose is. View is very simple: it
It is having a feeling, a motivation, a desire
to know which way and how we are going. For example,
if we have a view from this hill, we can look
and see where we are going. Then, as we walk,
in a sense combining view and action.
You’re about to embark on a
journey while sitting on a meditation cushion (or
a chair). Before you sit down on the cushion you
need to understand what your purpose is — why
you are doing this.
You have to realize why you want to meditate in
order to have the inspiration to meditate. You
need a self-reflectiveness, a quality of looking
at yourself and your mind, at who you are and how
The reasons with which you begin become your inspiration
and guides to continuing meditating.
Why might you want to know what
you’re doing before you begin?
for a different way
Are you looking for a different
way? How would you describe this
different way? Do you know what
it looks like or are you only aware
of what you want to be different?
human mind is capable of inconceivable
acts of aggression and brutality. It’s
also capable of inconceivable acts of bravery
and kindness. Whichever of these that occurs
it all starts with individual thoughts
and individual emotions. That’s
why we work so hard in training the
meditation, to develop constancy and
stability and strength because so much
is at stake,
so much is at stake.
Rinpoche - September
We're tuning in to the lack of aggression, to the peacefulness
that is our nature — the peacefulness, intelligence,
strength, clarity, and wisdom that is in fact the nature
of our minds. It’s not a matter of constructing something
that doesn’t exist, but rather
tuning into what we already have; understanding how we obscure
that, get alienated from that, lose track of that, get distraught,
anxiety-ridden, lost — dis-spirited. The inspiration
of spirituality is to find our spirit, to
be in touch with our heart.