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Carefree Dignity: Discourses on Training in the Nature of by Tsoknyi Rinpoche

By Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s instructing type embodies a vividness that may be a play among himself and his viewers. His immediateness comprises gestures and examples that attract us to figuring out. via guided meditations he deals direct participation as a pleasant enhancement to our perform. easy, simple and profound, Carefree Dignity is a ebook that captivates our mind whereas enriching our know-how.

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The very act of being mindful is the meditating. I also mentioned that we should try to be mindful when we walk around and carry out various activities. This mindfulness, the attention that is mindful· of whatever we do in any situation, should be carried around with us everywhere. This type of normal mindfulness is deliberate, in that it requires effort. In terms of conceptual view, we heard explanation about shamatha, where one forms an assumption about how it is and keeps that in mind. There are different kinds of shamatha, dense, inert shamatha, and correct shamatha.

Sometimes, of course, our back hurts or something bothers us physically. We have to accept this as part of meditation training. You might also have some kind of expectation about experiencing a mystical, beautiful state where you feel free and open and painless. Holding on to this kind of expectation and hope actually creates obstacle for it to happen, because the more we hope to not have pain, the more it irritates us when it does occur. Be free of hope and fear. Train in a carefree way. In order to know really how to train, we need to remind ourselves to be carefree and at ease- not spaced out or dull and withdrawn, but simply at ease.

Third, it's important to know how to let mind essence be. It is not 49 CAREFREE DIGNITY enough to merely know about mind essence. We all already have mind essence; it's not enough to simply know about it. We need to experience it. What is necessary is that mind essence and its knowing need to be one, indivisible. Mingled as one in our own seat, so to speak - that is self-knowing. STUDENT: Does this self-knowing apply to being aware of thoughts? Just noticing that a thought arises doesn't help much.

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