The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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BRINGING THE MIND HOME 63tice, then, by slowly removing the unkindness and harm fromourselves, we allow our true Good Heart, the fundamentalgoodness and kindness that are our real nature, to shine out andbecome the warm climate in which our true being flowers.You will see now why I call meditation the true practice ofpeace, the true practice of nonaggression and nonviolence, andthe real and greatest disarmament.NATURAL GREAT PEACEWhen I teach meditation, I often begin by saying: "Bringyour mind home. And release. And relax."The whole of meditation practice can be essentialized intothese three crucial points: bring your mind home, and release,and relax. Each phrase contains meanings that resonate onmany levels.To bring your mind home means to bring the mind into thestate of Calm Abiding through the practice of mindfulness. Inits deepest sense, to bring your mind home is to turn yourmind inward and to rest in the nature of mind. This itself isthe highest meditation.To release means to release mind from its prison of grasping,since you recognize that all pain and fear and distress arise fromthe craving of the grasping mind. On a deeper level, the realizationand confidence that arise from your growing understandingof the nature of mind inspire the profound and natural generositythat enables you to release all grasping from your heart, lettingit free itself, to melt away in the inspiration of meditation.Finally, to relax means to be spacious and to relax the mindof its tensions. More deeply, you relax into the true nature ofyour mind, the state of Rigpa. The Tibetan words that evokethis process suggest the sense of "relaxing upon the Rigpa." Itis like pouring a handful of sand onto a flat surface; each grainsettles of its own accord. This is how you relax into your truenature, letting all thoughts and emotions naturally subside anddissolve into the state of the nature of mind.When I meditate, I am always inspired by this poem byNyoshul Khenpo:Rest in natural great peaceThis exhausted mindBeaten helpless by karma and neurotic thought,Like the relentless fury of the pounding wavesIn the infinite ocean of samsara.

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