“If we narrow our mind down to for or against something, if we freeze our attitude into accepting things we like and rejecting things we dislike, we’re setting ourselves up for stress.
Instead, we could go forward with curiosity, wondering where this experiment will lead. This kind of open-ended inquisitiveness captures the spirit of fearless warrior.”
假如我們能帶著好奇，只為看看這個生命實驗終將引領我們到達何方勝土 ── 保持開放的心態，便有了無畏戰士的精神。
“The path of meditation and the path of life altogether has to do with curiosity, inquisitiveness. The ground is ourselves; we’re here to study ourselves and to get to know ourselves now, not later.
修煉和生活密不可分。沿著好奇心的指引，讓關注點深入自己本身 ── 我們此生此世，最重要是研究自身、洞悉自我；不能再等了，當下正是時候。
People often say to me, ‘I wanted to come and have a conversation with you, I wanted to write you a letter, I wanted to call you on the phone, but I wanted to wait until I was more together.’ And I think, ‘Well, if you’re anything like me, you could wait forever!’
人們常對我說，”我早就想來找你對話，早就想給你寫信，早就想跟你通電話，但又想等到自己準備得更好。” 我內心暗想: “假如你跟我過去一樣，就恐怕永遠沒有準備好的一天!”
So come as you are. The magic is being willing to open to it, being willing to fully open up and wake up. One of the main discoveries of meditation is seeing how we continually run away from the present moment, how we avoid being here just as we are. That’s not considered to be a problem; the point is to see it.”
“When we think that something is going to bring us pleasure, we don’t know what’s really going to happen. When we think something is going to give us misery, we don’t know. Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. We try to do what we think is going to help. But we don’t know. We never know if we’re going to fall flat or sit up tall. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may be just the beginning of a great adventure.”
~ Pema Chödron (佩瑪·丘卓) ~
(Pema Chödron, born 1936, an American Tibetan Buddhist, disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinphoche, now serves as principal teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her books include these titles – “The Wisdom of No Escape”, “Start Where You Are”, and “No Time to Lose”.)