Now

“The past is fiction and the future is dream, and we are just living on the edge of a razor blade.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Afternoon run – 5.1 miles

“In essence, the mind is what is aware of everything – it is a clarity that perceives all external objects and events. But if you try to find it, it turns out to be as impossible to grasp and as elusive as a rainbow – the more you run after it, the farther away it appears to recede; the more you look at it, the less you can find. This is the empty aspect of the mind. Clarity and emptiness are inseparably united in the true nature of mind, which is beyond all concepts of existence and nonexistence.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Egoless

“Egolessness does not mean that nothing exists, as some have thought, a kind of nihilism. Instead, it means you can let go of your habitual patterns and when you let go, you truly let go. You do not re-create or rebuild another shell immediately afterward. Once you let go, you do not start all over again. Egolessness is having the trust to not rebuild again at all, and experiencing the psychological freshness that comes with not rebuilding. The truth of egolessness can only be experienced fully through meditation practice.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

“The seven branches of practice serve as antidotes: prostration is the antidote to pride; offering is the antidote to meanness, poverty, greed, and attachment; confession is the antidote to anger; rejoicing is the antidote to envy and jealousy; requesting the turning of the Wheel of Dharma is the antidote to ignorance; requesting the buddhas to remain is the antidote to wrong views; and dedication is the antidote to uncertainty.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Confusion

“Any confusion you experience has within it the essence of wisdom. So as soon as you detect confusion, it is the beginning of message. At least you are able to see your confusion, which is very hard. Ordinarily people do not see their confusion at all. So by recognizing your confusion, you are already at an advanced level. You shouldn’t feel bad about your confusion; you can feel good about it.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

“Phenomena or experiences – they are like mist; they will fade away. A practitioner who spends time practicing in seclusion is certain to witness many kinds of phenomena and has many different experiences, but the phenomena or experiences are as unreliable as rainbows – if you run after them, you will be deceived. When true realization dawns in one’s mind, it is like the king of mountains, Mount Meru, which no wind can shake.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche