Inspiration Friday: Spark of Awareness

“Through the practice of ‘shamatha-vipashyana’, seeming obstacles can be accommodated on the spot through the sudden spark of awareness. The idea is not to react right away to either painful or pleasurable situations. Instead, once more, you should reflect on the exchange of sending and taking, or ‘tonglen’ discipline. If you inherit a million dollars, you give it away, saying, ‘This is not for me. It belongs to all sentient beings.’ If you are being sued for a million dollars, you say, ‘I will take the blame, and whatever positive comes out of this belongs to all sentient beings.’
The important point is that when you take, you take the worst; and when you give, you give the best. You have a general sense that you don’t have to be defensive and you don’t have to powerfully attack others anymore.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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