By Ösel Tendzin, Donna Holm
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All of us would like to live a full and complete life and accomplish something meaningful. In that way we are different from the beings in other realms, such as animals, gods, or hungry ghosts, who do not share this uniquely human aspiration. Nevertheless, when we are born, we are born into confusion. Human existence is full of pain and discomfort, anxiety and expectation. Although our life is based on pure buddha nature, it is clouded by uncertainty. The shock of birth makes us bewildered. Because we have no recollection of being born, we are constantly trying to remember who we are.
That is precisely the process we are working with. When we begin to meditate, we feel self-conscious. " That is not particularly a problem. However, we should remember that what we are interested in doing is becoming one with the breath. " There is no one watching the breath go out. There is simply breath going out into space and dissolving. " The practice of meditation awakens the intuitive sense of egolessness. Breath goes out, dissolves into space, and comes back; goes out, dissolves into space, and comes back.
As we have said, meditation practice creates a neutral ground, where we can relate simply and directly with our body and our breath and our environment. In that neutral situation, our mental world becomes quite vivid. We witness the newsreel of our lives, our mental autobiography, in memories, discursive thoughts, and emotions. Once we begin to practice, we come 29 Copyrighted material BUDDHA IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND home, so to speak. When we visit our family after a long absence, there is a great commotion.
Buddha in the palm of your hand by Ösel Tendzin, Donna Holm