Friday, August 21, 2009
Well, this was a bit of a surprise! Walking through Delhi while raining, I found myself flying up in the air and then my hand hit the ground. The wrist is broken. For the next two hours I had to ignore the incessant pain and get on with the visa work I was in the middle of, until I could get to a hospital. Thursday, I checked into hospital for the day and the bones were wired together and a cast put on. The fingers are swollen and it is awkward, but manageable. My new assistant Venerable Tsering was marvellous throughout the whole thing, taking care of me very well, but now I am in Moscow and realise how difficult it is to travel with one arm plus luggage! The Green Tara retreat finished on a high note in Kopan, many people had good experiences of some sort, the most notable comments being that they felt the retreat deepened their understanding of the lam rim. Take care and much love.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
If your actions conform with Dharma, you'll antagonize everyone;
If your words are truthful, most people will get angry;
If your mind is truly good and pure, they will judge it a defect.
Now is the time to keep your own way hidden.
Hide your body by staying alone in a mountain wilderness;
Hide your speech by cutting off contact and saying very little;
Hide your mind by being continuously aware of your own faults alone.
This is what it means to be a hidden yogi.
Disgust, because there's no one to be trusted,
Sadness, because there's no meaning in anything,
Determination, because there'll never be time to get everything you want;
If you always keep these three things in mind, some good will come of it.
There's no time to be happy; happiness is over just like that;
You don't want to suffer, so eradicate suffering with Dharma.
Whatever happiness or suffering comes, recognize it as the power of your past actions,
And from now on have no hopes or doubts regarding anyone at all.
Extracted from "The Heart Treasure" by H.H. Dilgo Khyentse, Shambhala Publications.