Sunday, March 28, 2021

Just Observing - 115

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Just observing ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

A more constructive approach to negative emotions, similar to working with negative thoughts, is simply to rest your attention on the emotion itself (SUBJECT) rather than on its OBJECT. Just look at the emotion without analyzing it intellectually (WITH EQUANIMITY). Don’t try to hold on to it and don’t try to block it (NOT ACCEPTING, NOT REJECTING). Just observe it. When you do this, the emotion won’t seem as big or powerful as it initially did.

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– Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness"

Via: https://www.facebook.com/MingyurRinpocheGems/photos/a.1661541207409811/2958483751048877/


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Quotes

Some people spend a huge amount of time and energy exploring the world (OBJECTS). 

But they never spend any time and energy exploring their mind (SUBJECT) (and the co-dependence between the two).

If they did, they would realise it is the greatest journey that they could ever make.

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~ Chamtrul Rinpoche 

Via: https://www.facebook.com/ChamtrulRinpoche/posts/2822913871258384 

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Understanding what our mind is and how it works ~ Lama Yeshe

Why is it so important to know the nature of our own mind (SUBJECT)? Since we all want happiness, enjoyment, peace and satisfaction and these things do not come from ice-cream but from wisdom and the mind, we have to understand what our mind is and how it works.

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(i.e. It is about realising the interdependence / co-dependence / co-evolution of SUBJECT / mind <==> and OBJECT / phenomena; U2T-3S.)

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– Lama Yeshe

from the book "Universal Love: The Yoga Method of Buddha Maitreya"

Via: https://www.facebook.com/The.Heart.of.Buddhism.To.be.a.kind.person/posts/490682328982995 

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Looking at the looker ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Applying attention practice, we use our emotions as a focus for developing awareness, an opportunity to look at the ‘looker’ (SUBJECT). Just as we need sound to look at sound, form to look at form, we need emotions to look at emotions. In fact, intense emotions can be our best friends in terms of stabilizing the mind, giving the restless bird a branch on which to rest.

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– Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book "Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom"

Via: https://www.facebook.com/MingyurRinpocheGems/photos/a.1661541207409811/2957274177836501/ 

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Allowing Space ~ Tsoknyi Rinpoche

If we can allow some space within our awareness and rest there, we can respect our troubling thoughts and emotions, allow them to come, and let them go. Our lives may be complicated on the outside, but we remain simple, easy, and open on the inside. 

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– Tsoknyi Rinpoche

from the book "Solid Ground: Buddhist Wisdom for Difficult Times"

Via: https://www.facebook.com/JustDharmaQuotes/photos/a.283199241781361/3300737066694215/ 

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Realization ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Experience is always changing, like the movement of clouds against the sky. Realization – the stable awareness of the true nature of your mind – is like the sky itself, an unchanging background against which shifting experience occur.

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– Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness"

Via: https://www.facebook.com/MingyurRinpocheGems/photos/a.1661541207409811/2956868037877115/ 

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Nonjudgmental awareness ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Meditation is really a process of nonjudgmental awareness.

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– Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness"

Via: https://www.facebook.com/MingyurRinpocheGems/photos/a.1661541207409811/2956104981286754/ 

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It’s how we relate to emotions ~ Mingyur Rinpoche 

Empty minds, empty bodies, empty emotions, but not nothingness. The waves that surface in the form of emotions, desires, and aversions are also empty, and their force is also empty. Yet the empty force of the empty wave has the empty power to knock over a mind that is also essentially empty but does not know it, and is stuffed with ideas. But if we do not create a story around the wave, then we have empty water dissolving into the empty ocean, like water being poured into water. No problem. Emotions themselves are not the problem. It’s how we relate to them.

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-- Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying

https://quotes.justdharma.com/its-how-we-relate-to-emotions-mingyur-rinpoche/ 

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Finding peace of mind in the midst of raging emotions ~ Mingyur Rinpoche 

No matter how trapped we may feel by anxiety, depression, or guilt, there is always another option available to us, and one that doesn’t ask us to stop feeling what we already feel, or to stop being who and what we are. When we know where to look, and how to look, we can find peace of mind in the midst of raging emotions, profound insight in the midst of complete confusion, and the seeds of compassion in our darkest moments, even when we feel completely lost and alone.

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-- Mingyur Rinpoche 

https://quotes.justdharma.com/finding-peace-of-mind-in-the-midst-of-raging-emotions-mingyur-rinpoche/ 

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Awareness is always present ~ Mingyur Rinpoche 

One of the first qualities of buddhanature that my teachers introduced me to was awareness. Awareness is like a thread that runs through every experience we have. Our thoughts and emotions are constantly changing. Our reactions and perceptions come and go. Yet despite these changes, awareness is always present. It is wide open and accommodating like the sky, immeasurably deep and vast like the ocean, and stable and enduring like a massive mountain.

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Awareness doesn’t get better when we have an inspired thought or a sublime emotion. It doesn’t get worse when we’re completely neurotic. Awareness just is. It’s not something we do. It’s who we are.

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Since awareness is always there, the only thing we need to do is recognize it. We don’t need to improve it, and we couldn’t even if we tried.

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The biggest challenge with awareness is that it’s so close, we don’t see it. It’s so ordinary, we don’t believe it. It’s just knowing, effortless presence.

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-- Mingyur Rinpoche 

https://quotes.justdharma.com/awareness-is-always-present-mingyur-rinpoche/ 

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Even our most dysfunctional habits are manifestations of basic goodness. 

It took me a number of years, actually, before I stopped using meditation like a hammer, trying to beat all of my painful feelings and cruel thoughts out of existence. I can’t tell you how hard it was to be confronted continually with the tempest of my own anxiety while still holding onto the idea that difficult thoughts and emotions were keeping me from tasting true peace of mind.

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It wasn’t until I gave up in desperation that I finally saw the truth of what my teachers had been telling me all along. What they taught me over and over again, waiting patiently for me to see in my own experience what they had learned themselves, was that love, compassion, and wisdom are manifesting all the time. It’s not that we are pure way down in the depths of our being, but somehow up on the surface everything is messed up. Rather, we are pure inside and out. Even our most dysfunctional habits are manifestations of this basic goodness.

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Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

From an article: "Lasting Happiness" LionRoar

https://www.facebook.com/michael.gregory.9212/posts/3868255899920698 

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i.e. 💖 "I gave up in desperation" all grasping at dualities like good vs. bad, pure vs. impure, acceptation vs. rejection ...

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Liberation into the Expanse

When pleasant and unpleasant mental experiences have dissolved into the space of naked awareness, your consciousness will rest in its own stainless radiant luminosity. If any further thoughts and memories should arise, do not cling to them; do not modify or judge them, but let them manifest and depart on their own. Bit by bit, any prior effort involved in maintaining this steady mindfulness will become effortless of its own accord. 

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At first, the intellect may feel dissatisfied, as though it still needs to strive after some object, as though something is lacking, or something has yet to be discovered. But, don’t yield to this compulsion to renew effortful concentration... just rest there in the manifest mindfulness of simultaneous emergence and release. 

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 In time, consciousness will settle into its own natural, unmodified state… a state of naturally settled mindfulness. This experience is soothing and gentle, with a clear lucid consciousness that is neither benefited nor harmed by thoughts… there is a remarkable sense of stillness without needing to modify, reject, or embrace anything. This is the unification of mindfulness and appearances in a single-pointed focus of attention. Since it occurs by looking within, it is called liberation into the expanse.

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~ Ŧoƞpa Ɉoƞ

[Adapted from Phase 1 of ‘The Vajra Essence’ by Dudjom Lingpa]

Via: https://www.facebook.com/jon.norris.756/posts/4377191728976314 

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Just be mindful / present here & now as much as possible; just observing with equanimity whatever is happening outside, inside, and between.

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"You have the power of observing. 

This is your power."

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~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche 

Via: Siddhartha's Intent Global

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Observe yourself -- Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche 

"Before talking to the teacher 

it is better to observe yourself a bit, 

in that way you might find 

the answer for yourself. 

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It is better to be one’s own teacher or master

rather than assigning this job to someone else. 

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That is why the teacher, 

and above all a Dzogchen teacher, 

teaches us to observe ourselves 

and to discover our own condition, 

and always asks us all 

to become responsible for ourselves. 

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Why do teachers ask these things? 

It is not because they are worried 

about being bothered, 

but because they know very well 

that always turning to one’s teacher 

is not a solution. 

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The solution lies in observing ourselves 

and resolving our own problems by ourselves. 

Then, if we have no way of finding a solution, 

the teacher can certainly help us. 

If everyone did this it would be much easier."

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– The Foundation of the Path

https://www.facebook.com/IAmSamLongSamIAm/posts/10222358804537107 

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" You don’t need to change your negative thoughts. You just need to change how you engage with them. Observe them, choose not to believe them, then let them naturally pass like clouds in the sky. They will pass. They always do."

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-- Orgyen Maha Gurus Blessings

Via: https://www.facebook.com/simdhagetulnamdakchoying/posts/5649176741789369 

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Bringing an end to suffering ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

To bring an end to suffering, we need to cut through dualistic habits of perception and the illusions that hold them in place — not by fighting or suppressing them, but by embracing and exploring them.

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– Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book "Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom"

Via: https://www.facebook.com/MingyurRinpocheGems/photos/a.1661541207409811/2964037587160160/ 

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