Thursday, October 27, 2005

The truth here

The truth here is that the calm state is the essence of the mind, and the movement is it's energy: they are two inseparable aspects of the same reality, like an ocean and it's waves or the sun and it's rays.

If we consider the calm state something positive to be achieved, and the movement of thoughts something negative to be abandoned, thereby cultivating the dualism of acceptance and rejection, then we will never overcome our ordinary mentality.

So, maintaining presence without unwanted diversion, one must simply acknowledge whatever thoughts arise - - good or bad, relevant or insignificant - and just continue observing the state of "movement"- - this point is vitally important.

--Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, From: The Mirror - Advice on the Presence of Awareness, Published by Station Hill Openings/ Barrytown, LTD.

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