Nature of Mind Night

March 7th at 7pm

On this evening we’ll be gathering to discuss and refresh our understanding of the ‘nature of mind’ teachings that we’ve received over the years. This is open to anyone who has attended the full retreat with Tsoknyi Rinpoche at the library in August 2013. (If you’re not clear if you’ve received ‘pointing out instructions’, please contact Tim.)

We’ll be contemplating this quote from Sogyal Rinpoche:

“Just as the ocean has waves, and the sun has rays, so the mind’s own radiance is its thoughts and emotions. The ocean has waves, yet the ocean is not particularly disturbed by them. The waves are the very nature of the ocean. Waves will rise, but where do they go? Back into the ocean. And where do the waves come from? The ocean.

In the same manner, thoughts and emotions are the radiance and expression of the very nature of the mind. They rise from the mind, but where do they dissolve? Back into the mind. Whatever rises, do not see it as a particular problem. If you do not impulsively react, if you are only patient, it will once again settle into its essential nature.

When you have this understanding, then rising thoughts only enhance your practice. But when you do not understand what they intrinsically are—the radiance of the nature of your mind—then your thoughts become the seed of confusion. So have a spacious, open, and compassionate attitude toward your thoughts and emotions, because in fact your thoughts are your family, the family of your mind. Before them, as Dudjom Rinpoche used to say: “Be like an old wise man, watching a child play.”


Heart advice for all of us from Tulku Urgyen:

“Check your own mind!  Is there a deep-felt sense of revulsion? Have you realized in your heart that all samsaric activities are pointless? Do you still nurture attachment to worldly activities?  Are you constantly aware of impermanence?  Do you treat every minute of your life as if it could be your last? Do you have real renunciation? Do you truly feel in your heart that all sentient beings are like your father and mother? Do tears come to your eyes themoment you remember your root guru? Are you always undistracted from awarenesswisdom?  Doyou have pure perception of everyone and everything?”