Presented by Jhampa Shaneman
These lectures were transcribed by T Vd Broek. Heartfelt gratitude is offered for all the hours of work spent on this Dharma activity. These talks are offered free of charge. They have been slightly edited.
January 22, 1991
Most of you participated in the meditation where I taught you are an entity, and you are actually breathing entity, and you are continuously processing oxygen and such. And that is the nature of your body, that it is an organism which is part of the environment around, it is not separate. It it totally part and fully impacting on the environment at all times through the air, warmth, moisture.
I like to give you meditations which are down to earth and not to elaborate and philosophical. So take that basic idea to your mind, and say, may my attitude be of that nature that impacts the environment around me, the intellectual, the minds of people around me. We have talked a lot about different things tonight. I think generally we agree that to try to bring to resolution where there is a resolution brought about, like to bring Hussain to a solution where there is a better way to do it which isn't violent. Or the Americans to bring them to the point of maybe arm flexing and aggression isn't necessary.
To have the attitude which tries to suffer, to realize the consequences of different things. To allow yourself to enter into a meditative state where you cognize that just as my body impacts the environment, may my mind impact the world around me in a way which is like that. And it does not mean that you have to take a banner out there, but just the attitude from my side. May my attitude fully embrace that.
Allow yourself to settle into that where the attitude is fully open to continuously try to bring to resolution in a peaceful productive manner. Buddha's enlightenment is that way. It is always looking at what is the potential. What in this situation with this sentient being. What can be done to bring that sentient being closer to a point of realization, that they realize their reality and maybe adjust it to being more productive. Buddhists are maybe the best of politicians, the best of therapists, because they try to bring people to realization where they are not distorting reality. They are in a clear vision of their experience of that.
Because mind and mind's attitude has created the crises in the middle east, on all sides everyone had a particular idea of perspective and so now the world is at war, let's look at our own mind. And we should be able to enter into a stable concentration or a fairly stable state of conscious which embodies that. I hope we try to find that. It is not like I am going to be more positive. It is actually a state of being, your body is in it's expression of the transformation or the changing of my mind. So may my mind be in that mode at all times.
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