“We can start a new life every morning and live our whole life in a single day. Every moment counts. Every action counts. Conditions are constantly shifting, we can change the course of our future in any moment – what seemed impossible earlier can suddenly become possible.”
“Meditation is almost, we could say, aesthetic appreciation. It means awareness of your own body, awareness of things around you, awareness of the world’s various colors, awareness of people’s different styles. There’s room for everything that comes up. Everything is treated reverently, respectfully. Nothing is regarded as rubbish. Even the garbage heap is a work of art. Things have their own place. This is meditation in the broader sense. Both the relevant and the irrelevant are appreciated, so you don’t have to economize on your time and energy. Because of that, everything becomes an object of meditation. You take tremendous interest in people’s different approaches, the different physical situations of objects around you, and the different emotional states within yourself. For a bodhisattva, the whole thing is constantly meaningful and workable.
Aesthetic appreciation does not mean looking for beauty alone. It means looking at things with space around them. When things are seen with space around them, they have their own pictorial quality, so to speak. Things are seen in perspective rather than as representing demands or expectations. So a bodhisattva makes a wonderful audience for the theatre of life and death. This is meditation. Meanwhile, the bodhisattva takes partin the play, so the whole thing does not become merely a matter of impersonal observation.”
“Try to bring all your experience into the context of blessing. If you can train your mind this way, you will have no obstacles in life. When your situation is easy and pleasant, see it as blessing, without attachment. When you are going through suffering, see that as blessing too. If you fall ill, recognize that illness is blessing, that pain purifies you of harmful past karmas. Keep in mind that many other beings are suffering in the same way as you are, and pray that your pain may liberatethem all from suffering. In this way, illness can teach us compassion.”